These are explanations, but they are not excuses. It is still outrageous that one woman is dying every minute in pregnancy or childbirth.
So what are the stories behind these facts?
Consider the economic and political factors that are causing these maternal deaths to persist.
Is enough investment being made in improving maternal health? Is maternal mortality high enough on the political agenda? Why do health centers lack staff and equipment? What role do health workers play in reducing maternal mortality?
Think also of the social and cultural factors. Are women undervalued in these societies? How do gender attitudes contribute to the high levels of maternal mortality? What role do communities play in ensuring their mothers are cared for properly before, during and after childbirth?
What lessons can be learnt from other countries – are there any ‘success stories’ which provide examples of good practice?
Think of the mothers and fathers of tomorrow “Youths” in ICT – Are there ways of using ICT solutions to curb down these maternal deaths, Do you have an idea, project, feeling, instinct, application or any solution? Hurry and join the YITEDEV-Uganda innovation space to have these ideas coded, programmed, developed and Implemented.
Continue reading It’s still outrageous that one woman is dying every minute in pregnancy or childbirth in Uganda! —-“women’s day”
Nearly 4.7 million mothers, newborns, and children die each year in sub-Saharan Africa: due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth; 1,208,000 babies die before they reach one month of age, an estimated 880,000 babies are stillborn. Uganda is one of ten countries 5 globally which contribute the highest Maternal, Newborn and Child Mortality rate in the world. These deaths are preventabale given proper antenatal care. Unfortunately, Uganda records an inadequate utilization of antenatal care programs which has intensified maternal and neonatal mortality
Studies have linked low utilization to poor pregnancy outcomes, which ultimately lead to higher maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. This trend is unfortunate because early initiation and optimal frequency of antenatal care visits have proved to be key in ensuring a safe motherhood and childhood. Early initiation of an antenatal care visit enables early screening for complications, referral, and treatment. The optimal number of visits ensures consistent physician follow up of fetus development as well as the health of the mother. It also helps to create a rapport between the prospective mother and the health provider which is an indispensable pre-condition for a safe childbirth.