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BE A LIFE SAVER TODAY

Mama Alive Initiatives is working in partnership with Africa Initiative for the Needy Uganda (AINU) and a number of other civil society organizations and private companies who have come together in an independent coalition to organize this fundraising campaign that will help to improve the lives of the mothers and infants.

During the last ten years the health infrastructure both for curative and preventive services has been gradually deteriorated in Uganda. Prevention of diseases, though historically considered as the flagship of the national health system, remains today far behind the curative medicine in terms of resource allocations to health care. The Mama Alive Initiatives and Africa Initiative for the Needy Uganda is the main actor in maternal health development in the country. Today, however the network, which was supposed to be the pillar of a modern health, care system, is in the situation where the roles and tasks of its Implementation of local Public Health remain unclear

Years of life under severe stress and trauma-ridden environment have brought depression and hopelessness, followed by general negligence towards health and increased risk behavior. During the last decade of the 20th century, the health status of the population of Uganda was harmfully influenced by numerous factors, but especially by the general situation in the country (the long lasting economic crisis, the consequences of war in the surrounding countries and in Uganda as well). The total population of Uganda is 34,612,250 according to 2011 demographic survey.

Maternal deaths per 100 000 live births are relatively daily events; their number thus randomly varies year by year in Uganda.

Nowadays many health problems in Uganda can be classified as maternal health problems. The challenge for maternal health is to cope with conflicting priorities for improving the health status of the population, as well as to reform maternal health and the health care system. Therefore, maternal health and other professionals need a broad range of skills and selective depth in specialist knowledge areas of Maternal Health (MH). However, specialist knowledge is locked up within different disciplines that communicate among themselves rather rarely (Epidemiology, Hygiene, Social Medicine, maternal, Occupational Medicine etc.). The whole public health is medically driven with little input from other professions.

Many reports of additional maternal deaths from across Uganda have continued to come to light since the case was filed on 3 March 2011.

'Deaths of women such as Sylvia Nalubowa and Jennifer Anguko are sadly commonplace in Uganda. At least 16 women die each day in childbirth or soon after. These figures are scandalous considering Uganda's widely recognized economic growth.'

a teacher at Busamaga Primary School, Cecilia Nambozo, died at Mbale hospital after the nurses on duty allegedly refused to attend to her during labour. She had failed to raise Shs 300,000.

On 10 August 2009 Sylvia Nalubowa died from complications of obstructed labour while giving birth to her second twin baby in the eighth pregnancy.

Earlier, her husband, Stephen Sebiragala, had been told to seek help at Mityana hospital, about 15 kilometers away. Here, the staff demanded Shs

50, 000 before Sylvia could be attended to. The money was meant to buy a ‘Mama Kit’, a requirement of the cost sharing policy in Uganda, where mothers are expected to carry a kit containing basics to be used in the delivery of new babies.

The leading causes of maternal and child death in Uganda include the massive shortage of trained health workers to attend births, the lack of access to emergency obstetric care for responding to hemorrhages and other emergencies, no electricity and the lack of availability of quality antenatal care and family planning services.

The gap in access to life-saving HIV and malaria treatment are also major causes of maternal mortality. In Uganda, HIV contributes to about one in four maternal deaths. Triple combination HIV treatment for all pregnant women who need it would substantially reduce maternal mortality

To this end, Maama Alive Initiatives is working in partnership with Africa Initiative for the Needy Uganda (AINU) who have come together in an independent coalition to implement this project that will help to improve the lives of the expectant mothers and infants

Mama Alive Initiatives is working in partnership with Africa Initiative for the Needy Uganda (AINU) cordially invites you to

LIGHT A BIRTH, SAVE A LIFE FUNDRAISING DINNER EVENT.

Theme: “Give hope to these mothers today and be a life saver”

In honor of the mothers and infants who die due to Lack of professional personnel, health centres have neither electricity nor solar power, access to ambulances is hard, does not have standard delivery beds, access to mosquito nets is also difficult, birth kits. All the money collected will go to buy motorcycle and bicycle ambulances, mosquito nets, birth kits and installation of solar equipments in all the health centres in Kalangala district. Kalangala is chosen because it is among the districts with high maternal deaths and complications and it is going to act as a pilot district.

We invite all private companies, civil society organizations, health personnel's, politicians, the general public and those who can give what they can to help improve this situation in Uganda.


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