MEDICAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH IMPLICATIONS OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL PETITION No. 16 of 2011
|Date added||June 30, 2021|
Uganda’s constitution acknowledges that the right to life and the right to health are inherent rights that need to be upheld and protected by the State. In addition, Uganda has ratified several international and regional human rights treaties that guarantee and protect the right to health. The Government of Uganda has also made progress in improving several maternal and newborn indicators reflected in changes in maternal, child and newborn mortality over the past decades however the current mortality rates are still too high.
In addition the mortality statistics reveal disparities across wealth quintiles and geographical areas. Improved access to basic maternal health services could therefore result in a dramatic drop in maternal and neonatal mortality. In addition they can ensure that women do not suffer ill health and psychological torture as a result of pregnancy related complications.
In light of the above, CEHURD in 2011 petitioned the constitutional court “Challenging actions and omissions of the Government of Uganda for failure to provide Minimum Maternal Health Services.
Download full report here;