Granny often boasts of how the women back in the day would give birth to their children in the garden, of how midwives didn’t have all these fancy machines but mothers still survived and their children survived too. Times have changed, people have evolved further, it is difficult for a modern day pregnant woman to fully survive in the ancient day birth setting. Uganda, like many other developing countries has a high maternal mortality rate.
According to the Human Development Report (2011), Low secondary education rates, low access to health care services, low use of contraceptives coupled with high fertility rates is contributing to a high percentage of maternal mortality in Uganda. It should NOT be forgotten that teenage pregnancies are also very common in Uganda and many of these young girls have little or no knowledge about antenatal visits or must practices for pregnant women.
Although Uganda has a lower maternal mortality ratio of 430 deaths per 100,000 pregnant women in Sub-Saharan Africa, a lot has to be done to ensure that pregnant women get access to antenatal care and services cheaply or freely. The health of a pregnant woman is very important as her health directly or indirectly affects the health of the unborn baby.
I am one of the many individuals who greatly believe that no child should ever grow up without a mother, hence a mother’s health is very important both to the family and society and should be held up above many other things by the state and by everyone else.
I stand for the recognition of April 11th as the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights because no child deserves to grow up without his/her mother. Here is the Petition.