Hundreds of thousands of women and millions of children die every
year because they do not have access to quality health care.
In developing countries, pregnancy and childbirth are amongst the
first causes of women's death, and one out of twelve children die
before the age of five.
The international community cannot be indifferent to this situation,
as it continues to remind us, five years after the Millennium Declaration,
that much progress is still to be achieved to reduce maternal death
and child mortality by 2015. To give hope for a better life to those
millions of women and children, the world community must act together.
I, therefore, commend the World Health Organization (WHO) for having
chosen as its slogan for the World Health Day 2005 "Making every
mother and child count". This is obviously an appeal to governments
and to the international community as a whole to improve the living
conditions of women and children, particularly in developing countries.
We must indeed continue to mobilize ourselves to obtain increased
financial, material and technical assistance from financial institutions
and other donors, with a view to improving the health care of millions
of women and children around the world.
Fact is, the welfare and the future of our societies also depend
on our capacity to remain mobilized so as to improve the health of
every mother and child.