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First Ladies' workshop

Zambia is hosting a two day workshop for the first ladies which began to day the 25th of November 2009 in Lusaka. The workshop is intended to empower first ladies within southern African Development community (SADC) with information on maternal health issues and develop a compressive SADC- sub regional plan of action.

According to globally more than half million women die each year because of the complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. About half of the maternal deaths (265,000) occurred in sub-Saharan Africa alone.

Zambian first lady Thadiwe Banda called on her counterparts to unite and ensure that proper breast feeding methods were promoted. She also said appropriate breastfeeding should be encouraged if lives of children were to be protected against mother to child transmission of HIV.

Hopefully this will be a fruitful workshop which will bring about strategies to reduce the high maternal deaths in Africa.


jodelight's picture


Thanks for sharing this information with the PulseWire community. Hope the workshop goes well!
Keep us posted!


Dando's picture

I will keep you posted

Thanks Jody

With Love

jadefrank's picture

maternal health workshop

Hi Dando,

It is so encouraging to hear that a female leader in Zambia, first lady Thadiwe Banda, is speaking out for women's maternal health. Hopefully this is a trend that will continue in educating women in Zambia and around the world with the tools they need to care for themselves and their babies. Thanks for sharing this great news!


Dando's picture

Its Interesting

to see African first ladies unite to speak about Issues affecting their fellow women.
I also hope that the the organisation of First ladies will yield good results and contribute to good health for all women in Africa.

Stay blessed and God bless you

with Love



Nice to know

Hi Dando,
It is nice to hear that in Zambia this kind of workshop has been organised. Please keep posting about how it goes on. I am really interested to know about that.

Keep on your writing.

Fahmida Yesmine
Asian University for Women

Sharese's picture

Keep us updated!

Please keep us updated on what comes out of this workshop! It sounds like one that could be great. By "First Ladies" does this mean wives of the presidents and prime ministers of southern African countries??

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