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African Union Summit Focuses on Maternal and Child Health

The African Union met in Kampala, Uganda recently for their annual summit and the focus this year was on maternal and child health. The gathered leaders agreed that it paid to invest in maternal and child health. They announced that they would be extending the Maputo Plan of Action on Sexual and Reproductive Health, which promotes universal access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services, until 2015. The leaders agreed that, “the provision of free access of women and children to health services,” was not only desirable but should be the practice in all African nations.