Mar 18, 2012

US Goverment to Provide Funding to Reduce Maternal Mortality in Uganda

AUTHOR:Daily MonitorSOURCE:Daily Monitor

With the goal of decreasing maternal mortality rates in Uganda to levels specified in MDG 5 (which calls for a 75% reduction in maternal mortality rates by 2015), the United States government has given $400 million dollars to strengthen health care services in the western region. The largest portion of the funding will go towards reducing mortality rates by 50% in four districts in western Uganda; two of which account for 31% of all maternal mortality in the country. While the funding is aimed to improve facilities,two other obstacles facing maternal health care are a severe lack of health care workers and long distances to gain access to health cares ervices. Life for Mothers’ strategy is holistic in scope. LfM focuses on enabling mothers to reach health centers, as well ensuring they receive the minimum of four antenatal visits and deliver at the health center in the presence of a skilled birth attendant a (SBA). These are only two of the myriad factors that lead to maternal mortality. The presence of a SBA wil improve the newborn's chances of surviving at least during the first 28 days of life (40% of ALL under 5 child mortality takes place during this time period. To access the article click here:

Did you know?

The risk of a woman dying in sub-Saharan Africa as a result of pregnancy or childbirth is 1 in 22, as compared to 1 in 7300 in developed regions.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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