West Nile, Acholi health facilities receive equipment worth sh296m

HEALTH | WEST NILE | ACHOLI

WEST NILE – Health facilities in the West Nile and Acholi sub-regions receive equipment worth sh296 million from the Netherlands Embassy and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to support maternal health services.

At the handover of the equipment’s at the Ministry of Health Headquarters, in Kampala on Friday March 3, UNFPA Uganda Deputy Country Representative, Daniel Alemu said after conducting a quick assessment in consultation with the district Health Teams several gaps in care were noted.

“We are confident this assorted equipment’s that include Delivery beds, Sterilization drums, Oxygen Concentrators, Fetal Dopplers, BP machines, Pulse-oximeters, Ambu bags for resuscitation, delivery sets and Obstetric surgery kits will improve the quality of care in labour and delivery of mothers,” he said.

Some of the health equipment that were donated.

Some of the health equipment that were donated.

In a very recent report released on Global trends in maternal mortality 2000-2020 estimates by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank Group and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) Population Division, indicated that Uganda had made significant progress of 15% reduction in maternal mortality from 336 to 284 deaths per 100,000 births in five years.

“This year, 2023, is a good point to even triple our collective efforts as we reflect on the investments required to accelerate towards achieving the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030,” Alemu disclosed. 

He said UNFPA is fully committed to taking on the daring challenge to achieve the three transformative goals of ending preventable maternal deaths; ending the unmet need for family planning; and ending gender-based violence and harmful practices.

“With funding from different donors and in particular the Netherlands Embassy, UNFPA has been supporting a health system strengthening programme in over 200 health facilities.”

“In the last three years, UNFPA has worked closely with various departments and key officers at the Ministry of Health, to ensure the improvement of quality of services through capacity building, mentorship of health workers, commodity security management, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research (SRH) outreaches, data management and procurement of equipment and IT accessories,” he said.

The programme started in 2020 and will be ending in September 2023.

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