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The East African : Oct 13th 2014
OCTOBER 11-17, 2014 The EastAfrican UGANDA@52 Special advertising section 5 Uganda promotes family planning for MDG 5 The country has the highest fertility rates in the world with women giving birth to at least six children Fifty-two yea≥s late≥, the population has ≥isen to 34 million people. Expe≥ts a≥gue that the population g≥owth ≥ate is too high, a development that needs extensive family planning to be p≥actised. While the ≥esult would be a A cont≥olled population explosion, Uganda’s ≥enewed family planning e≠o≥ts a≥e gea≥ed at b≥inging down the numbe≥ of deaths a≥ising f≥om ≥ep≥oductive complications. “Family planning is one of those inte≥ventions we have put fo≥wa≥d fo≥ imp≥oving mate≥nal health. We a≥e making su≥e that cont≥aceptive a≥e available. We also have othe≥ inte≥ventions like eme≥gency obstet≥ic ca≥e and ce≥vical cance≥ sc≥eening,” said D≥ An- t Independence, Uganda’s population was estimated at about eight million. Much more With fewer than 500 days to the deadline of the MDGs, much remains to be done to achieve MDGs 4 and 5, aimed at reducing child and maternal deaths and improving maternal health. WHO DirectorGeneral Margaret Chan said, “We should judge the progress in humanity and the progress of any society or country by the way they treat their women and children. They have been lagging behind in the last 20 to 30 years of development. We should give them special attention.” WHO A Kampala street. Access to family planning in Uganda is still less than 50pc. Pic: M. Mbabazi thony Mbonye, commissione≥ Community Health at the Minist≥y of Health. Statistics show that Ugan- dan women have highest fe≥tility ≥ates in the wo≥ld, on ave≥age p≥oducing at least six child≥en. This development calls fo≥ access to family planning to enable couples to make p≥ope≥ decisions on child spacing. Access to family planning in Uganda is still less than 50 pe≥ cent. The ta≥get is to ≥each that by 2015. The ultimate goal is to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on mate≥nal mo≥tality. “P≥omoting family plan- ning in count≥ies with high bi≥th ≥ates like Uganda has the potential of ≥educing pove≥ty, hunge≥ and ave≥ting 32 pe≥ cent of mate≥nal deaths and 30 pe≥ cent of child death,” said D≥ Mbonye. P≥esident Yowe≥i Museveni has given political suppo≥t to the issue of family planning which is viewed as a key pilla≥ in accele≥ating social and economic t≥ansfo≥mation of Uganda. The gove≥nment will also be inc≥easing financial ≥esou≥ces into family planning and st≥engthening se≥vice delive≥y. The≥e a≥e suggestions that the gove≥nment could employ the se≥vices of non-gove≥nmental o≥ganisations and village health teams to b≥idge the gap c≥eated by inadequate sta∞ng at most of the health cent≥es in the ≥u≥al a≥eas. All these ≥equi≥e massive in- vestments in te≥ms of funding. The daunting task how- eve≥ is to make the ≥eligious who oppose the use of family planning and selfish men who stubbo≥nly ≥efuse to unde≥stand the value of family planning to come on boa≥d. A ≥ep≥oductive health sub- committee has been c≥eated with the suppo≥t f≥om Unicef and UNFPA to t≥ack fo≥ ≥ep≥oductive health ≥esou≥ce and p≥ovide accountability fo≥ gove≥nment expenditu≥e to family planning. It is estimated that close to 800 women ca≥≥y out abo≥tions, some of them unsafe, eve≥y day as a ≥esult of unwanted p≥egnancies. Some of the p≥egnancies a≥e a ≥esult of failu≥e to access the family planning se≥vices. Globally, unsafe abo≥tions a≥e the leading causes of mate≥nal mo≥tality.
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