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TC media training on the TC Act in South Western Uganda

UHCA carried out a TC media training on the TC Act in south western Uganda in the month of May 2016. As a result of the training participants wrote articles in news papers such as Orumuri and broadcast news pieces and stories on TV west to mention but a few these are some of the articles published by the participants.

Antibiotics

Spreading antibiotic resistance could have disastrous consequences for patients undergoing surgery or chemotherapy, a study said Thursday.

Patients waiting for health services at Gulu Hospital

Ugandan scientists have documented evidence of bacterial resistance to common antibiotics, some already approaching 100 per cent resistance.

This finding is published in a recently released report entitled, “Antibiotic resistance in Uganda: Situation analysis and recommendations”, produced by the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS).

Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadagga responds to CSO demand to stop exportation of health workers. photo by Asia Russell of Health GAP

Ugandan civil society groups fighting maternal mortality petitioned the  Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga to intervene and put a stoppage on  the move by the exportation of Uganda’s health workers to Ministry of Foreign Affairs to export health workers to Trinidad and Tobago.

Hon. Turyahikayo Paula, Member of Parliament for Rubabo County giving remarks

CSO’s Unite to advocate for women & children in UN post 2015 dev’t agenda 

As the UN draws closer towards the process to establish the next Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Civil Society Coalitions on Scaling up Nutrition (UCCOSUN) together with the coalition on Reproductive Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) joined efforts in to increase advocacy on prioritisng issues concerning women & children issues in UN post 2015 development agenda.

A Traditional Birth Assistant using traditional means to attend to a  pregnant mother.  Image source: Google

Uganda officially banned traditional birth attendants (TBAs) in 2010 but they have continued to practice. Eighty per cent of rural women prefer TBAs to skilled attendants according to officials at the Ministry of Health, and 10% of them are delivered by TBAs. 

While the government’s focus in the past two decades was on training TBAs, studies on training impact have shown conflicting results in maternal outcomes with many studies showing little to no impact on high maternal mortality outcomes. As a result, there has been a shift toward skilled birth attendants, capable of averting and managing child birth complications.

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