WINSENGA UPDATE/BULLETIN 28.0 – Ugandan government steps up fight against maternal mortality

Excerpts from figo.org

The government in Uganda has vowed to increase its investment in essential treatments designed to reduce maternal and infant mortality.

It unveiled plans for a new initiative in the capital Kampala yesterday (November 26th) and confirmed it would be targeting the areas that are worst affected by pregnancy-related fatalities.

The deaths of an estimated 120,000 infants and 6,100 mothers are expected to be prevented in the next four years if the plans are a success, reports the New Vision.

Director general of the country’s Ministry for Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng explained that greater links needed to be established between district departments, central government and the individuals affected by maternal health issues.

She said: “We shall target accountability. All districts will have routine health management teams and score cuts. All the district maternal, neonatal and child health initiatives have a mandate to increase accountability.”

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