Number of maternal deaths per live births: 343 deaths per 100,000 live births
Lifetime risk of dying during pregnancy or childbirth: 1 in 47
Number of maternal deaths per year: 5,700
It is estimated that each year in Uganda 5,700 women and girls die in pregnancy and childbirth*
What we’re doing
We are delivering an integrated maternal health programme which is enhancing access to quality maternal healthcare in the Hoima District by providing;
1. Essential maternal and newborn health promotion for communities, teaching people about identifying the risks associated with pregnancy and childbirth and when they should seek professional assistance. Health promotion is leading to an increase in the number of women who give birth in Health Centres with a skilled birth attendant. We are also providing life saving advice on care of the newborn baby.
2. Development of 25 women’s groups to facilitate income-generating activities and training for women. These activities will empower women within the home and community enabling them to become financially independent and make their own decisions about their money and healthcare and ultimately to become future leaders.
3. We have built and equipped a Maternity Centre in the village of Kiryabutuzi (which translates into English as mushroom!) which is approximately 25km outside Hoima. The aim is to use the building as a community health and well-being hub serving many purposes. Two midwives are based at the centre providing much needed support through pregnancy and childbirth for local mothers. The midwives are also running four antenatal outreach clinics in the surrounding communities.
4. Enhancing the referral process between the new clinic, Azur Clinic and Hoima Regional Referral Hospital. In doing so, women identified at-risk of complications can get to the hospital in appropriate time with suitable transport.
5. Supporting the enhancement of the Azur Clinic to become a Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric Care Centre enabling them to deal with complicated deliveries, further reducing the risk of maternal mortality.
District Health Office
Bunyoro-Kitara Anglican Diocese, Hoima