GENEVA – Minister of Health, Population and Hospital Reform Mohamed Miraoui on Tuesday highlighted from Geneva, Switzerland, the progress made by Algeria in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in the field of health, including the decline in the rate of infant and maternal mortality.
Speaking at the 72nd World Health Assembly, the minister said that “the progress made in achieving the MDGs brought the UN to choose Algeria among the countries invited to the consultations on the post-2015 development agenda, already launched with the participation of the Government and civil society.”
Algeria managed to “reduce infant mortality to 21 per 1,000 live births in 2018, against 36.9 cases per 2,000, while mother mortality, which was 215 cases of death per 100,000 deliveries in 1990, dropped to 57.5 cases of death per 100,000 deliveries in 2018.”
Algeria has also recorded a decline in tuberculosis cases (13.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 2018) and a minimal rate of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection (0.1%).
“Thanks to these results, Algeria has obtained the neonatal tetanus elimination certification from the World Health Organization (WHO),” said Miraoui.
Regarding malaria, the minister said that “no case has been recorded since 2014, which will allow our country to obtain this certification whose delivery is expected during our current session.”
“The same procedure for eliminate trachoma has been undertaken since 2018,” he said.