Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Women especially in Rural Uganda face multiple barriers to accessing critical routine and lifesaving maternal health care and these have hugely contributed to the high maternal mortality rates in Uganda. In March 2021, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics reported that the maternal mortality rate dropped from 438 deaths per 100,000 births in 2011 to 368 deaths per 100,000 in 2021.
This drop reflects a steady decline however, the maternal mortality in Uganda is still far above the global average, which was 152 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2020. In Uganda the causes of maternal deaths are generally preventable including hemorrhage, high blood pressure, unsafe abortions and infections.
These are categorized in the THREE DELAYS approach, delays in seeking care, delays in arrival at health facilities and delays in providing adequate care. Our work through campaigns and partner engagements focuses on advocacy to foster better policies increased financing for MNCH and improved access to quality MNCH services in vulnerable communities.