Women living in Uganda face a 1 in 35 chance of dying as a result of complications during pregnancy or delivery; that’s 134 times greater than the same risk faced by those living in the UK. (WHO, 2010: 26)
At least 16 Ugandan women die each day whilst giving birth and perhaps up to 10 times that number suffer complications that significantly affect their on-going quality of life.
In the UK, 7 children are shared between 10 adult women; in Uganda each woman has, on average, 7 children.
More than 20,000 Ugandan babies are born each year infected with HIV passed from their mother.
So maybe Ugandan women should just have less children, wouldn’t that help to solve these problems? If only it was that simple. Trying to impose our Western culture or world-view on others is not the answer; we must work with those that we want to help, to provide solutions that they will find acceptable and appropriate.
Recent research shows that more than two thirds of women who want to use modern family planning are unable to get regular, sustainable access to it. (Guutmacher, 2009)
Suubi Trust is working with local health teams throughout Uganda to help resolve these issues. In Lira, Northern Uganda, it is partnering with a local faith based organisation, Charis, to implement solutions that will help to improve maternal and child health for the poor living in the local communities.
Some of the local women who will benefit from the Maternal-Child-Health services being provided at the Charis healthcentre in Lira, N. Uganda.
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These include ante-natal services in which women can access the necessary treatment to help prevent mother to child transmission of HIV and receive family planning after delivery.
We are building a Maternity Theatre that will help provide safe delivery, with emergency obstetrics care, such as c-sections, as and when needed. Friends and supporters of Suubi Trust have raised the necessary funds for this and a generous donor has offered to buy all of the necessary equipment.
The theatre will be operational by September 2012 at which time we will be seeking donor support to sponsor ANC and Safe Delivery for those local women who could not otherwise access such services.
You can read more about this project by clicking here and here.