Uganda's neonatal and maternal mortality rates remain high as the country works to reduce these numbers as a part of the Millennium Development Goals. Only 59% of pregnant women have supervised deliveries and newborn and neonatal deaths account for 40% of all deaths among children under five years old. Mothers are often young, below twenty years old, access to care is low due to distance, misconceptions and poor referral systems, and rural mothers often enter pre-pregnancy care too late, all of which contributes to high neonatal mortality rates.
The project seeks reduction in neonatal and infant mortality rates by increasing access to skilled healthcare for women and their infants, and increasing knowledge, skills, and resilience on newborn and infant care among pregnant women. Lastly, the project also strengthens Uganda Red Cross' capacity to deliver, monitor, and evaluate its mother and newborn health services.
The project will directly target 5,000 pregnant women/mothers and approximately 4500 of their new born babies. Indirectly, the project will reach 423,760 people through behavior change communication activities.
The Netherlands Red Cross
Disaster prevention and preparedness
Disaster Management Phase
Prevention and mitigation