The Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) through the Swedish Embassy in Kampala has given 35 million krona (about Shs14.3billion) for maternal,
new born and child health programmes. According to a press statement by UNICEF dated December 16, the support is expected to reach an estimated 135,000 pregnant women and over 300,000 children with key health interventions in West Nile region. Mr. Per Lingärde, the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda while handing over the support at UNICEF offices in Kampala has said that the contribution is part of their efforts to improve maternal and child health by strengthening health service delivery in Uganda, indirectly supporting gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Mr. Per said that UNICEF plays an important role in supporting the Ministry of Health to end preventable maternal and child deaths across Uganda, so we are proud to further strengthen these efforts.
The UNICEF Representative, Ms Aida Girma has said that the West Nile sub-region is among the most disadvantaged areas of Uganda with very poor maternal health indicators. These include low rates of immunization, high rates of unattended births, limited use of bed nets, and high rates of malaria, diarrhea and HIV/AIDS and as a result, the region has one of the highest under five mortalities in the country with 125 deaths per 1,000 live births compared to the national average of 90.