KAMPALA- A project to provide affordable quality health care, reduce maternal and newborn deaths in Kampala slums has been launched.
The project dubbed,” Kampala Slum Maternal Newborn (MaNe),” was launched recently at Kitebi Health Center III in Rubaga division in Kampala district.
The director of public health at Kampala Capital City Authority, Dr. Daniel Okello said the three year project will be implemented in the informal settlement (slums) of Makindye and Rubaga division, areas which present with very low poverty index levels.
“70% of Kampala’s population is in the informal settlement and this is where the mothers who need health care are situated,” Dr. Okello said.
A baseline study was done and data from the Health Information Systems, Ministry of Health showed there was a total of 879 maternal deaths in the period of 2014 to 2018 in the hospitals around Kampala. This means about 200 mothers die every year.