Uganda's maternal death reduces – WHO report
Uganda’s maternal deaths have been reducing at an annual rate of 5.1% in the past 10 years, a just released World Health Organisation report has said.
It however, pointed out that the country is still lagging behind in the reduction of maternal deaths which by 2010, stood at 310, over twice the 150 target set by the UN to be realized by 2015. It is eighth among the African countries that are making progress in reducing maternal mortality with Rwanda leading the pack with an annual reduction of 8.7% between 2000 and 2010.The report titled ‘Count down to 2015: maternal, newborn and child survival’ was released at the ongoing Women Deliver global conference that has attracted 5000 participants from 145 countries to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.
The report is an update on the situation in by 2013 features country profiles featuring core indicators selected by the Commission on information and accountability for women and children’s health.It said that under-nutrition coupled with infectious diseases contributed to almost half of all child deaths. Levels of stunting which is a form of growth failure resulting from chronic under-nutrition remain unacceptably high in virtually all the 75 countries.