Sep 19, 2012

Ugandan Government Healthcare Hardly Functions

AUTHOR:Irin NewsSOURCE:Irin News

For years the Ugandan healthcare system has failed to provide basic services to its people. Despite claiming that services are free patients are unable to obtain services at clinics and hospitals due to the lack of medicines, equipment and most importantly, doctors and nurses. The government is not spending the minimum amount agreed upon by the Abuja Declaration, namely 15% of countries' national budget on healthcare. Ugandan's woefully low percentage of 8% has resulted in patients seeking the private sector to obtain the services they require. Unfortunately, the private sector is hardly regulated and many clients receive inadequate care. Presently, almost 50% of the healthcare is provided by the private sector. Life for Mothers (LfM) has recognized the need for strong political will and good stewardship to shift resources into the healthcare system. This translates into paying personnel, providing drugs and equipment and building adequate health facilities (clinics and hospitals) as well improving transport (roads, etc.). Unfortuantely, maternal mortality is the key indicator that determines how well a health system functions. In Uganda pregnant mothers and their households suffer the most due to their lack of accessing these services. LfM believes that a holistic strategy is required to create a paradigm shift to improve health outcomes and strengthen the broken healthcare system in Uganda. To read the article click here:

Did you know?

Maternal mortality is the health indicator that shows the widest gaps between rich and poor, both between and within countries.

Source:World Health Organization, 2010

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