Kampala |HEALTH – In March 2021, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) reported that the maternal mortality rate dropped from 438 deaths per 100,000 births in 2011 to 368 deaths per 100,000 in 2021. This drop reflects a steady decline, which began from 2000 onwards.
The same report also indicates that maternal mortality in Uganda is still far above the global average, which was 152 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2020. Experts have carefully examined the root causes of the problem.
Women International Maternal Aid (WIMA), an NGO with a focus on maternal health, in partnership with the Students and children of the British School of Kampala (BSK) and Rotary Club of Kisugu-Victoria View, has, on Wednesday, June 22, taken an initiative to donate maternity equipment to Nsambya Police Health Center IV to a tune of UGX20Million.
While welcoming the partners at the Maternity Wing, ASP Dr. Okwadi Tukei, HR Police Health Services, intimated that the facility was successfully handling approximately 60 deliveries per month at no cost.
“We are the second-largest facility after Arua Police Health Centre, offering maternity and other medical services to mothers in the barracks and beyond for FREE!” said ASP Dr Okwadi revealing that Police was in the final stages of laying a foundation for a 300-bed referral medical facility – sending the partners in a griming
ASP Kamugisha John, representing Director of Police Health Services, welcomed the donation and assured partners that the equipment shall be put to good use while receiving the maternity equipment; state-of-the-art Ultra-sound printer, Oxygen concentrator, Speculum vaginal Cusco and Evacuation sets.
“Today is a wonderful day; a repeat of what happened here about three years ago; WIMA donated some equipment to our maternity unit. We commend them for always choosing us as beneficiaries of the cause. We pledge to always participate in the BSK Community Run to raise funds for such initiatives. We thank you,” said ASP Kamugisha.
While addressing the press, Mrs. Veronica Ssempebwa, the Chairperson – WIMA– in the company of Finance Director, Ms Maria Kanyamugara, affirmed the organization’s commitment to supporting mothers and maternal facilities at Nsambya Police and other facilities.
“Nsambya Police Health Centre is the only medical facility in the vicinity of Makindye Division offering free maternity services to mothers. We are honoured to support their cause in offering better services and reinforcing maternal health,” said Mrs Ssempebwa.
Mrs. Ssempebwa also revealed that the fund to purchase the maternity equipment was raised by students and children of BSK, WIMA and DFCU in a charity run.
Ms. Racheal Asikiwe, a student at the British School of Kampala, re-echoed the school’s commitment to making childbirth service safe for all.
After losing our teacher and lab attendant during childbirth, the learners are determined to engage in safe childbirth activities for every mother. It is on this foundation that our commitment is premised and Nsambya Police Health Centre is doing wonders at no cost. We thank you,” said Asikiwe.
Uganda has recorded a steady decline in infant and under-five mortality over the years but is yet to achieve real progress in reducing neonatal and maternal deaths. Child mortality is unevenly distributed across the country, with mortality rates highest in Karamoja, Southwest, West Nile, and western regions
In 1989, a group of lady doctors met with the First Lady, Mrs. Janet K Museveni to discuss ways of tackling the high maternal death rate among women in Uganda.
During this meeting, the First Lady also hosted the spouses of members of the diplomatic corps and business community within Uganda to chart a way forward on this matter. It was from this meeting that WIMA was conceived.
With a vision; Safe child Birth for all, Women International Maternal Aid (WIMA) has, since, supported several health facilities and organisations across Uganda. These facilities include;
- Wentz Medical Center IV, Bunga Kawuku Kampala
- Kisugu KCCA Health Centre III, Namuwongo Kampala
- Mukono Health Centre IV
- Kawempe KCCA Clinic, Kampala
- Njeru Health Center III, Buikwe District
- Kaharo Dispensary, Kabale,
- Namakwekwe Maternity Center, Mbale District
- Bukova and Kayunga Health Centers, Iganga District
- Ajia Maternity Center, Arua District
- Virika hospital, Fort portal
- Ndejje Health Center
- Ngoma Health Clinic, Luweero district
- Bubaare Health Center, Mbarara District
- Uganda Red Cross Society