Sep 18, 2011

Uganda: Kabaka Emphasizes Importance of Maternal Health and HIV Testing Among Parents

AUTHOR:Taddeo BwambaleSOURCE:The New Vision

Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, the current Kabaka (king) of Buganda (a subnational kingdom within Uganda), gave an address on Friday in Mukono, Uganda, during the celebration of the Buganda Kingdom's Health Day. During his address, the Kabaka urged HIV testing for couples. "Parents should go test together so that if they are found to have HIV, they can start on treatment immediately and live longer to take care of their children," he said.

The Kabaka also urged healthcare programs to increase their focus on maternal health, specifically the reduction of maternal mortality. He cited his concern over the high rates of maternal and child death and highlighted the fact that Uganda has one of the highest rates of death among these two populations. The Kabaka praised numerous efforts already in place to try to change the dire situation in Uganda and promised a scale-up of life-saving services within several regions of the country.

Life for Mothers is encouraged by the Kabaka's address and is eager to see an increase in HIV testing among couples and a shift in Uganda's healthcare system towards maternal health. It is critical to have leaders on-board with our efforts, both at the local and national level. As we continue our work on reducing maternal mortality and promoting mother and child health, Life for Mothers will also lobby for support from more leaders throughout the nation of Uganda.

To read the original article from The New Vision, please click here.

Did you know?

Women in developing countries are 300 times more likely to die than those in the industrialized world.

Source:UNICEF, 2010

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