How Mbale Regional Hospital reduced newborn mortality from 52 to 11% in under 3 years

Makarere University Centre of Excellence for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health Uganda HNN Team

Ms Barbara Auma (right) of Tororo would now be in her final two weeks of pregnancy but her baby came almost three months earlier, writes Kakaire Ayub Kirunda. Prior to her ‘delivery’ Barbara bled for two days and the attending doctor had already written off the viability of the pregnancy outcome, documenting it as an abortion. … Continued

Uganda’s boda boda babies: Indian-made motorcycle taxis have come to the rescue of pregnant women

Uganda HNN Team

With ambulance coverage poor, boda boda drivers ferry women to health facilities, even deliver their babies. Kamukama Benic is not a doctor, or even a paramedic. But has considerable experience helping women deliver babies in the eastern Uganda region where he lives and works. Benic drives a boda boda – the East African term for … Continued

Uganda commits to improving maternal health care

New Vision Uganda HNN Team

Every year, worldwide, 303,000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth, 2.7 million babies die during the first 28 days of life and 2.6 million babies are stillborn. Uganda and eight other countries have committed to halving preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns in their health facilities within the next 5 years. The other countries … Continued

High maternal mortality: Where is the problem?

New Vision Uganda HNN Team

By Joseph Wasswa The country was awakened by the unfortunate death of a mother in Mityana Hospital having bled out (Post-partum Hemorrhage) due lack of a blood giving set at the hospital. This is one of the many causes of maternal mortalities that have robbed us of our mothers leading to the observed high maternal … Continued

Ubos survey: Maternal, infant death rates drop

Daily Monitor Uganda HNN Team

Kampala- The numbers of mothers who die while giving birth has reduced from 438 to 368 deaths per 100, 000 live births. The latest figures are contained in the 2016 Uganda Health Demographic and Health Survey released yesterday by Uganda Bureau of Statistics (Ubos) officials. The survey conducted between June 12 and December 18 last … Continued

Busoga hospitals get Shs150m equipment

Daily Monitor Uganda HNN Team

Makerere University School of Public Health in collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco, has donated equipment estimated at Shs155m to six hospitals in Busoga sub-region. The hospitals are; Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, Iganga General Hospital, Bugiri General Hospital, Kamuli General Hospital, Kamuli Mission Hospital and St Francis Buluba Mission Hospital in Mayuge District. … Continued

Nine countries commit to halve maternal and newborn deaths in health facilities

WHO Bangladesh, India, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda, Nigeria

New WHO and UNICEF-supported network to improve care for mothers and babies On February 14 of 2017, 9 countries – Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – committed to halving preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns in their health facilities within the next 5 years. Through a new Network … Continued

15 newborn research questions that might nip Uganda’s neonatal mortality

Makerere University Centre of Excellence for Maternal and Newborn Health Research (CMNHR) Uganda HNN Team

Uganda’s newborn research agenda is beginning to take shape following the zeroing on fifteen relevant questions that experts think, if answered, will significantly contribute to the reduction of neonatal deaths. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda calls for reduction of neonatal mortality to less than 12 per 1000 live births in each country. With funding … Continued

Highlights from the 2nd Uganda Maternal – Newborn Symposium

Makerere University Centre of Excellence for Maternal Newborn Health Research Uganda

Uganda: Incubator for Prematures Made in Uganda

allAfrica Uganda HNN Team

Most scientific technological appliances used in the day- to- day operations in science sectors in the country namely, health, agriculture, information communication technology and energy, among others, are imported. However, Uganda National Council for Science and Technology which is mandated with regulating research related to scientific innovations has now put scientists to task not only … Continued