Commemoration of Safe Motherhood Day

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On October 17th, Uganda will commemorate Safe Motherhood Day for the fifth year in a row.  This year’s theme is “Child spacing, a key strategy to economic development and improvement of maternal health. Time to Act”.

The highest percentages of maternal deaths take place in developing world (almost 99%). This statistic is one of the greatest differentiations between the developed and the developing world.  Research has shown that healthcare before, during and immediately following childbirth can prevent maternal deaths.  “For every woman who dies, 30 to 50 women suffer injury, infection, or disease. Pregnancy-related complications are among the leading causes of death and disability for women age 15-49 in developing countries” (

Uganda is one of many places in the world that will be promoting life-saving maternal health strategies to improve the quality of life for mother and family.  The event will be hosted in the Luweero district involving a week of intensive programs and services engaging the community.  This year’s theme stresses that “no woman should die giving life”. Previous years have focused on fatherhood, family planning, and safe delivery.

Please join Uganda in celebrating safe motherhood on October 17th at the Kasana play ground- Luwero District.

Information for this article was taken from the Uganda Ministry of Health and Safe Motherhood.

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