African First Ladies Health Summit

Challenges Facing Africa's Women

RAND recognizes the scope of Africa's challenges in health :

  • More than 536,000 women die each year worldwide from pregnancy-related causes, and though Africa is only 15% of the world population, the majority of these deaths occur in Africa;
  • HIV rates in Sub-Saharan Africa average 6%, compared with 1% worldwide.

In April 2009, RAND cosponsored a health summit that focused on maternal health, HIV, and girls' education. More than 20 countries were represented by 13 First Ladies and seven country delegates.

map of Africa charting First Ladies Health Summit attendees

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