To support the government and the private sector in saving mothers and children from losing life, Stanbic Bank Uganda’s maternal health campaign dubbed “Every Mother Counts” has received a big boost from Rotary International.
The multi-partner Maternal, and Child Health (MCH) programme, dubbed “saving mothers and children together” comes to reinforce the attainment of global maternal and child health goals at local levels.
The programme will focus on five main areas including, empowering adolescent girls and young women, supporting antenatal care, delivering and postnatal care, enhancing capacity and motivation of MCH workers, enhancing advocacy through awareness creation for communities and infrastructure development/rehabilitation.
Together, recently, the partners have also donated mama kits, oxygen concentrators, diapers/pampers, laryngoscopes-neonatal blades and other items to Kawempe National Referral hospital.
Speaking at the handover event, the Stanbic Bank Uganda chief executive, Anne Juuko said, increasing the maternal survival rate is an important goal for the community because it shows that they are addressing the one thing that binds communities together.
“This program complements Stanbic Bank’s ongoing maternal health campaign currently running under the theme ‘Every Mother Counts’ where, alongside our partners, we are contributing money and items to deal with the maternal health challenge,” Juuko said.
Rotary International President,Shekhar Metha, said maternal and child health is one of the seven areas of focus of rotary international adding that this programme will be run by rotary district 9213, which is already implementing a multi-year maternal and child programme in the vulnerable communities of Uganda whose situation has been aggravated by the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Minister of health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said: “We are sure that this intervention will provide clean and safe delivery to our mothers at Kawempe Referral Hospital especially at this critical time when the country is battling the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) for women aged 15-49 has slightly improved from 438 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2011 to 336 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2016, according to Uganda Bureau of Statistics latest data.
The leading causes of maternal mortality are postpartum hemorrhage which contributes 36%, hypertensive disorders in pregnancy which contributes 13% and Sepsis which contributes 10%.