Ugandan activists call for audit of maternal death

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A group of activists in Uganda are calling for an audit of maternal death as a measure to cut on the high rate of maternal deaths that are recorded in the country.

The activists noted that maternal deaths in many parts of the country, especially in Kyankwanzi District, remain inadequately addressed.

“Maternal mortality remains inadequately addressed and the problem is further aggravated by under reporting of the maternal death cases,” said Ms Susanne Muwanguzi, the executive director Action for Rural Women’s Empowerment (ARUWE), a local charity operating in the district.

Ms Muwanguzi was addressing journalists last Friday. She said research carried out indicate that many mothers are dying as they give birth but these deaths are not documented

“An investigation conducted by ARUWE in Gayaza Sub-county, Kyankwanzi District, recently revealed that mothers continue to die during delivery but the deaths are not documented,” she said.

The research supported by Open Society Initiative for East Africa (OSIEA) aimed at enhancing community-led advocacy to improve delivery of maternal health services in the district.

Ms Muwanguzi added that some cases of maternal death are not reported because some people are afraid of being held accountable. Current estimates put Uganda’s maternal mortality rate at 438 deaths per 100,000 live births.

The Health ministry under the Uganda Health Systems Strengthening Project, however, said it is revamping maternal death audit across the country to check the high cases of maternal deaths.

 

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