Uganda: Critical action needed to curb rising maternal mortality rates


The rising number of Ugandan women dying due to childbirth related complications should be a matter of national concern.

The Population Secretariat during a public dialogue in April 2013 on maternal health revealed that maternal mortality rates have risen again to 438 mothers per 100,000 live births instead of dropping further, making the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) No. 5 target of 131 deaths per 100,000 by 2015 a remote dream.

At the African Union's 15th session on "Maternal, Infant, Child Health and Development in Africa" in Kampala in July 2010, President Museveni announced that Uganda would not meet MDG 5 by 2015, due to corrupt healthcare workers and insufficient funding.

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