Mr. Daniel Zuellig, Zuellig Family Foundation Board of Trustee welcomes all the stakeholders and guests during the 162 to 52 Health Summit.

Last April 20, 2012, the 162 to 52 Health Summit themed, “Accelerating Impact on Maternal and Child Health through Local Health System Development,” gathered various stakeholders from government, academe, profit and non-profit sectors to boost multi-sectoral efforts in addressing maternal and health challenges of the country.

The National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) recorded 162 maternal deaths out of 100,000 live births in 2010. It is estimated that 11 mothers die every day due to childbirth and pregnancy-related complications. “Maternal deaths impact infant and child mortality rates because 

“No woman should die giving life. And no child should be robbed of life because of his or her mother’s death,” said Ms. Ugochi Daniels, Country Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

On April 25, the world will commemorate World Malaria Day with the theme, “Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria.”

The Philippines currently carries the 9th largest burden of tuberculosis (TB) in the world. 2010 data showed that approximately 390,000 Filipinos have TB, and 75 people die daily from this curable disease.

“Good health must lie at the core of any successful response to ageing. If we can ensure that people are living healthier as well as longer lives, the opportunities will be greater and the costs to society less. Overwhelmingly the health challenges in older age are the consequences of non-communicable disease. We need to develop health systems which can provide the chronic care that these diseases and their risk factors require,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) at the celebration of the World Health Day on April 7 in Geneva, Switzerland.