Janet Museveni Calls for Zero Tolerance on Maternal Deaths

First Lady, case adiposity Janet Museveni has appealed to the corporate world and the community to join hands in the battle to reduce maternal deaths.

This was requested during the Amref Health Africa Dinner at Serena Hotel on Wednesday.

Organized under the theme, approved “Save a Mother, Save a Newborn, Build a Nation, ” the dinner was meant to raise funds to ensure that midwives benefit from the e-learning process.

In a speech delivered on her behalf by Minister Frank Tumwebaze, Janet Museveni said, “The situation of maternal health and women’s survival in Africa remains a cause of concern. We need zero tolerance on maternal deaths.”

She further revealed that the Government was doing everything it can to ensure that women do not die needlessly from pregnancy related complications.

The first Lady welcomed the challenge of the new goal set by the United Nations of cutting the national maternal and newborn deaths down to 70% by 2030.

“Let us all agree that we will respond to this challenge with our best effort as governments and as partners in our fields.” she emphasized.

Mrs. Museveni hailed Amref Health Africa for their contribution in improving the state of maternal and child health in Uganda, especially through their on-going campaign to train and increase the number of midwives in the country.


The First lady who donated Shs 10 million to the cause, called on partners to join Amref and equip as we as train the midwives.

The State Minister for Primary Health care, Sarah Opendi said the progress that had been made to improve on the maternal and new born health was insufficient.

“These statistics indicate that 17 mothers die every day in Uganda due to pregnancy and child care related complications. Over 130,000 women suffer from disabilities caused by complications during pregnancy and childbirths each year,” she noted.

“We have to work hard to improve an area of critical importance to the women and nation in all. This has continued to be challenged by our work health system coupled by a human resource crisis,” she said.

Also present at the dinner was Amref International Board Chair, Omari Issa and Amref Chief Executive Officer Dr. Githinji Gitahi among others.

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