Press Release: International Women's Day 2017

Press Release: International Women's Day 2017

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Today, Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) and other Civil Society Organisations through the advocacy for better health program joined hands on the eve of the International Women’s day 2017 to emphasize the importance improving maternal health in empowering women in the changing world of work. As we celebrate our women, we express our disappointment for the lives of 16 women that are lost every day in Uganda while giving birth. This tragedy greatly undermines the efforts of women in the changing world of work.

Uganda like other countries globally, made a commitment to take steps towards the reduction of the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030 and end preventable deaths of mothers while giving birth. Despite the commitment, Uganda still registers a high maternal mortality ratio, which is at 360 deaths per 100,000 births – (MoH, Annual Health Sector Performance Report 2014/15). It is critical to note that these deaths are largely avoidable.