Malaria is currently the leading killer disease in Uganda, it consumes more lives than HIV/AIDS. Over ten million malaria cases are registered every year where most prone to the disease have been discovered to be children below 5 years and pregnant mothers.
In maternal health, Malaria is also the major cause of maternal death and low birth weight. The 2009 Malaria Indicator Survey in Uganda reports 53.7% of pregnant women slept under any mosquito net.
In a bid to curb the situation, the government of Uganda through Ministry of Health is issuing free mosquito nets country wide.
A new outbreak of jiggers in rural Uganda has killed several people inthe last two weeks.
Jiggers are small parasitic fleas, also known as chigoe flea, which usually enter their victims through their feet, causing parts of the body to rot leading to a horrific death.
Last week seven people from Kabong District, 400kms north west of the capital, Kampala, died from the disease, which experts say is curable. The district chairperson, Joseph Komol paints a gloomy picture “more than 8,000 people in my district are infected with jiggers,” warning that more people will die soon without medical assistance.
The government of Uganda in together with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Uganda pledged to end maternal and child deaths.
“A promise renewed” was launched by the Vice president of the Republic of Uganda, Hon. Edward Ssekandi
Rusoke, women parliamentarian in western Uganda said that about 140,000 women are reported to have obstetric fistula in Uganda.
Quoting from a UN report she expressed concern that number of obstetric cases are increasing.
In Uganda an average of 16 women die due to pregnancy related complications every day. Dilapidated and under staffed health facilities face acute shortage in medical equipment, meaning the healthy sector is unable to cope with community needs.
The National Family Planning Golden Moment (NFPGM), a follow –up of the commitments made at the Global Family Planning summit held in London on July 11th 2012. The aim of the summit was to launch a global movement to provide an additional 120 million women in the world’s poorest countries access to lifesaving Family Planning information; Family Planning Services and Family Planning supplies by 2020.
Uganda Health Communication Alliance UHCA together with Makerere University School of Public Health held the pre-launch activities which included; Half day media briefing, media excursions, commissioned Articles and Parliamentary meetings/Discussion and Forum on food security, Population & Development. UHCA also coordinated the documentary production on Family planning issues.