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.
But the birth of a baby, which should be a joyful occasion, too often brings heartbreak and agony for Ugandan families. Pregnancy and childbirth complications are the leading cause of death and injury for women in developing countries. Yet women are key to the health and wealth of their communities. Without them, the family cannot hope to thrive.
Using your own research and investigative methods, you are invited to delve into these issues in Uganda and make the stories behind them come to life.
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