Aug 4, 2011

Life For Mothers Responds to NY Times Article on Maternal Deaths in Uganda

AUTHOR:Harry Strulovici, MD, MPH

Working in Uganda for over 4 years I can only applaud Ms. Dugger’s piece to raise awareness regarding the continuing tragedy taking place. Originally, I was sent to operate on women with obstetric fistula and walked through the National Referral Hospital in Kampala (the capital city) and witnessed dozens of women waiting to deliver their dead babies on a daily basis. Women had finally reached an institution where one might receive care. But this was not the case. There were frequent power outages where we would have to move the operating table to the window to get enough light to work. Materials were scarce, e.g., one size catheter only. Currently, Uganda has the highest growth rate of any country in the world and the highest fertility rate in Africa (almost 7) where the unmet need for family planning is 42%. Without political will and good stewardship the situation is unlikely to change. Here's the link to the article:

Did you know?

Children who have lost their mothers are up to 10 times more likely to die prematurely than those who have not.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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