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Due to Covid-19 lock down many poor marginalized mothers in rural areas can’t access health facilities and end up dying.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has put a strain on governments around the world and is adversely affecting particularly vulnerable communities, activists and human rights defenders. Uganda is a fast-growing population – anticipated to reach 100 million by 2050 which poses challenges to the government’s ability to achieve SDGs, including Goal 3 Good Health and well-being. 336 deaths per 100,000 live births is the maternal mortality rate in Uganda as per July 2018. 75 deaths per 100,000 live births is the Sustainable Development Goal 3 under Good Health and Well-Being for Agenda 2030.
261 is the number by which Uganda falls far short in reaching this goal. Reducing maternal mortality by 75% is now a part of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development Goals under, Goal 3 Good Health and well-being. The target of the third Sustainable Development Goal is to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio (MMR) to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030.
At 368 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2016 and 336 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2018, Uganda’s maternal mortality ratio is among the highest on the continent and in the world.
The Covid-19 lock down has further aggravated the maternal mortality in Uganda since we are now seeing mothers dying or giving birth on roadsides, risking both the mother and child. Recently a mother died on a boda-boda on her way to hospital in Kawempe division, a Kampala suburb and many have been seen delivering on roadsides. The situation calls for urgent attention as with curfew the procedure of getting permission to travel at night is lengthy and very bureaucratic. In any case onset of labour pains is in many cases erratic and can start any time much earlier than anticipated or predicted by Doctors which makes it difficult to get authority to travel at night on a particular date.
APOMDAB aims to help mothers get to health facilities on time and receive medical attention since the poor vulnerable marginalized mother lack resources. Special attention is being given to those with history of complications as they are more vulnerable than others. Mothers in rural areas have lost their livelihoods as their husbands are no longer working as a result of COVID-19 crisis. It is therefore imperative that they are assisted at this critical moment, which human being went through to access the world in which we live.
We intend to achieve this by:
Reaching out to vulnerable marginalized poor mothers who cannot afford to access health centres due to distance or other logistics by setting up a help desk and availing them the logistics. This project is being implemented in liaison with Local councils and other Maternity Centers where mothers go for checkups – where ambulances are available but fuel has to be met by the patient.
Urgently scaling up our training of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) to help the rural mothers to be assisted during delivery by somehow trained Birth Attendants in order to reduce death cases at Birth in the deeper rural Uganda.
Purchasing sanitizers, mama kits and masks. Although the Government is distributing free masks, it is still a challenge as these have not reached many Ugandans.
Remotely networking with other organizations engaged in similar activities to learn best practices.
Reduced Death Rates at Birth by this Project because many vulnerable marginalized, Voiceless Rural Poor and Illiterate will be able access government health facilities on time to be attended to by qualified personnel.
With donor support, we shall Train TBA (Traditional Birth Attendants) to help the Rural Mothers who can’t access Health Centers at least deliver at the help of somehow trained Birth Attendant, thus will reduce Death Cases at Birth in the deeper rural areas.
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Purchase sanitizers, mama kits and masks. Although the Government is distributing free masks, it is still a challenge as these have not reached many Ugandans. Tuk tuk (auto rickshaw) to be used a ambulance as these can reach the rural needy marginalized mothers where roads are inaccessible.
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