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Since CARMMA, the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa was launched in 2009, 37 African countries have launched the initiative and more are preparing to do so. Continentally, the campaign has made tremendous progress since those early days, with several countries adopting National Road Maps and developing Strategic Health Development Plans.

CARMMA has also become the platform for mobilizing commitments and support for the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy on Women’s and Children’s Health and the implementation of the recommendations for the Commission on Information and Accountability (COIA) of the Global Strategy. CARMMA has become an integral part of the health sector landscape and the maternal and neonatal health road map in Africa.

Following on from the CARMMA report published in 2012, this latest edition provides an update on the maternal mortality rate in the countries that have implemented CARMMA and the steps that are being taken to rectify high maternal mortality ratios.