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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.

Ebola experts call for center of excellence on hemorrhagic fever management  in Uganda

Ebola experts have called for the initiation of center of excellence on hemorrhagic fevers management in Uganda.

The run themed “Ebola Solidarity Run” was organized by Uganda National Association of Community and Occupational Health (UNACOH), African Center for global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST), World Health Organisation (WHO), Makerere College of Health Science (MakCHS), Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA), Parliamentarians, Ministry of Health and others. 

Coalition advocates for improved access of life saving commodities

16 women die every day due to maternal related complications in In Uganda. Additionally more than 200,000 children under the age of 5 years fall victims to  preventable diseases such as malaria diarrhea pneumonia etc 

In response the Reproductive Maternal & New Child Health (RMNCH) coalition in Uganda are working tooth and nail to create awareness and demand the government to increase  budgetary allocation life saving commodities so that innocent and vulnerable lives can be saved.  

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