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In a bid to reduce the maternal mortality rates in the rural district of  Ntoroko, pill Rwenzori region, cheapest Korea International Cooperation Agencies(KICA) has donated safe motherhood equipment worth Shs 2 billion to the district’s health facilities.

The donation includes patients beds, shop delivery and examination beds, curtain screens, patient monitors, delivery Kits, newborn resuscitation equipment, sand beds, sterilization equipment and medicine trolleys, furniture among others.

The donation came under Save the Children Uganda, that is implementing the program of Safe motherhood with the aim of reducing death of mothers and infants.

The equipment was handed over during the cerebration of Safe motherhood day that was held under the Theme, “Together Let’s Make Every Child Birth Safe” at Rwangara Health Center II Kanara Sub county Ntoroko district.

Dr.Stephen Bwekingo Twinomugisha,  and Dr.Olaro Charles inspecting the revamped health facility

Dr.Stephen Bwekingo Twinomugisha, and Dr.Olaro Charles inspecting the revamped health facility

Dr. Stephen Bwekingo Twinomugisha, the program Manager Rwenzori KIMCH project said that the 4 year project under Save the Children was launched on June 2, 2015 in the district, with the intention of reducing death among mothers and children as a fulfillment to the global health goals.

He said the main purpose of Safe motherhood day commemoration was to take stock of the efforts made towards improving maternal health in the country and draw attention of stakeholders to renew their commitment to the improvement of maternal and newborn health.

“Rwangara Health Center II formerly had 3 roomed OPD structures but currently boasts of a newly constructed OPD extension of the general maternity ward, staff quarter and Kitchen, placenta pit, water supply, Solar power and pit latrines among others,” he explained.

Dr.Stephen Bwekingo said, “Discussions with the local government are ongoing to have increased human resource, supply of medicine and upgrading the facility to level of Health Center III. The health center, 88km away from a Health center IV, currently serves 13,086 people and Save the Children is now supporting five midwives for a year who are then expected to be integrated into the current government set up.”

He said they have also trained 400 VHTs in basic care integrated community Case Management and community newborn care. He appealed to communities to utilize the health facilities and ensure the items are safe guarded.

Dr.Maxuel Okollo, the acting District Health Officer said that the district on has six government health facilities which cannot serve all the sub counties and town councils in the district.

He said mothers in the district have embraced the campaign of delivering in health facility from 13-33% and Antenatal care increased from 10-30%.

Mr. Timothy Kyamanywa the district chairman said the project will change the health status in the district because most of the pregnant mothers were addicted to delivering under the care of Traditional Birth Attendants.

Speaking as chief guest, Dr. Olaro Charles director of Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital who represented Director of Health Services in Uganda asked government to support small health facilities in order to reduce congestion in Referral hospitals.
Leaders of African and European countries should ensure that intensified migration cooperation does not come at the expense of respect for human rights, pills Human Rights Watch has said.

Over 60 heads of state from the two regions have Wednesday gathered in Valletta, Malta, for a two-day summit the European Union sought with African nations, to discuss the refugee and migration crisis.

“Ensuring that people can live in safety and dignity should be the overarching aim of migration cooperation and development assistance,” said Judith Sunderland, associate Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

 “For that to happen, at the Valletta Summit and beyond, it’s vital for human rights and refugee protection to stand as core principles for any common EU-Africa efforts,” she added.

The summit will bring together EU countries, EU institutions, the African Union, and African countries participating in the Rabat Process and the Khartoum Process, two forums for dialogue and cooperation about migration and development.

 Participants are expected to agree to a political declaration and an action plan on development, refugee protection, and migration.

According to Human Rights Watch, EU government efforts to build capacity in African and other countries, to fairly process and humanely host asylum seekers and refugees are worthwhile, long-term efforts.

“ But these should complement EU efforts to protect the rights of migrants and asylum seekers within its own borders, and increase safe, legal, and orderly channels into the EU,” Human Rights Watch said.


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