Africa: Mama Africa Award Officially Launched

The African Union acknowledges that individuals, organizations, communities, companies and governments continue to make remarkable efforts to ensure that Africa’s mothers and new-borns both survive childbirth, and thrive to realize their full productive potential, said Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, African Union Commission’s Chairperson.

She made the remark while addressing the participants to the ceremony organized to officially launch of the “Mama Africa Awards on Maternal, New-borns and Child Survival in Africa”, on Thursday 1st August 2013, in Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa, in the margin of the International Conference on Maternal, New-borns and Child Health in Africa (CMNCH).

Even though challenges still exist, a number of successes have been recorded in the improvement of MNCH in Africa and the African Union has not acted alone in these achievements, noted Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

The Mama Africa Award, which is named in the honor of late Miriam Makeba, will recognize and celebrate key dignitaries in Africa in the fore-front of maternal, newborn and child survival issues on the continent.

It will recognize individuals, organizations, communities, companies and governments who have made remarkable efforts to ensure that Africa’s mothers and newborns both survive childbirth, and thrive.

The Awards hail real-life heroes and heroines, including organizations from around the African continent.

The CMNCH is hosted by the Government of South Africa and the African Union, with technical and financial support from UNFPA, UNAIDS and UNICEF, as well as the UK Government from 1st to 3rd August 2013.

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