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Daily Nation : February 27th 2014
DAILY NATION Thursday February 27, 2014 TRIPS | President criticised Africa News 27 3,000 babies died in Liberia in 2012, says Save the Children BY TERRENCE SESAY NATION Correspondent MONROVIA, Wednesday A report by the international charity Save the Children has revealed that 3,000 newborn babies died in Liberia in 2012. Save the Children launched the report entitled “Ending newborn deaths”, yesterday in the capital Monrovia. The Country Director of Save the Children Liberia, Mr Ranjan Poudyal said this is the first time that a global report has revealed the true scale of the newborn crisis which includes 1,400 newborns and 1,900 stillbirths. He said this demonstrates the need for greater political will to give babies a fighting chance to reach their second day of life. Mr Poudyal called on world leaders to commit themselves to the five-point newborn promise this year, which in- cludes issuing an accountable blueprint declaration to end all preventable mortality and ensuring that by 2025, every birth is attended by trained and equipped health workers who are equitably distributed and can deliver essential newborn health interventions. The report highlights in- 75 PHOTO | AFP Malawi President Mrs Joyce Banda with South African President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria in this file photo. Malawians to protest against government Audit indicates that close to $28 million went missing from government coffers BY REX CHIKOKO NATION Correspondent LILONGWE M alawians in Blantyre are taking to the street today in protest of the delay in cashgate report presentation and government’s failure to explain to Malawians the whereabouts of the money that government received after the sale of the presidential jet. Spokesperson of the Civil Society Organisations Mr Lucky Mbewe that are organising the protests said despite the government’s making the cashgate report public, Malawians are not convinced with the findings and also the government is failing to convince Malawians on the whereabouts of the presidential jet proceeds. Mr Mbewe said that the government has not been forthcoming with the information on the many issues and it was important that people took to the street to express their anger. “We are taking advantage that most of the members of the civil society are in Blantyre attending a meeting and we want them to join the march,” he said. Malawians are not happy with the Cashgate forensic report which the international auditors Baker Tilly of Britain produced over the weekend which failed to mention names of the culprits. The audit report indicated that close to $28 million went missing from government coffers between May to September 2013 and that the theft was premeditated. The government has taken advantage of the report to claim that it was credible and that it has all along been fighting theft in government. However failure to mention names of the culprits has made Malawians angry. The Minister of Information, Mr Brown Mpinganjira has said Malawians could have been appreciative to government for fighting corruption and that there was no need for people to protest against government. equalities in access to essential services which leaves mothers and babies most vulnerable in terms of acquiring life-saving care with newborn deaths put at over a third of all deaths of children before age five. The report also compares Number of deaths per 1,000 the mortality rate of children under five to neonatal mortality, noting that child death has shown an annual reduction rate of 70 per cent from 219 per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 75 deaths per 1,000 in 2013. We are aware that some donors are encouraging Malawians to protest” Mr Brown Mpinganjira, Minister of Information “We are aware that some donors are encouraging Malawians to protest,” he said. Meanwhile, Malawians are also expressing anger over Joyce Banda’s decision to leave the country for Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to attend a Southern Africa Development Corporation (Sadc) meeting when the country was going through economic turmoil. President Banda, Sadc chairperson, left Malawi for DRC and is to proceed to Nigeria for that national day celebrations, when Malawians were in a state of shock when it was discovered that bodies of dead people were rotting at the country’s main hospital in Lilongwe because the cold rooms at the mortuary were not working. Mr Mpinganjira said gov- ernment was explaining everything to Malawians and that leaders of the CSOs were changing the goal posts.
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