Uganda Records Decline in Infant, Maternal Mortality Rates

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The survey findings released this morning in Kampala further indicate a decline in the Maternal Mortality Ratio from 438 women per 100,000 births to 338 women per 100, 000 live births.

Uganda has registered a significant decline in the number of infants dying before their fifth birthday. The numbers have reduced from 90 deaths per 1000 live births in 2011 to 64 deaths per 1000 live births as of 2016, according to the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey (UDHS) 2016.

The survey findings released this morning in Kampala further indicate a decline in the Maternal Mortality Ratio from 438 women per 100,000 births to 338 women per 100, 000 live births.

It further adds that family planning use has increased while more births were taking place in hospitals.  However, the total fertility rate among Ugandan women had declined from 7.4 children per woman in 1988-89 to 5.4 children per woman in 2016.

The survey indicated that 21 percent of Ugandan men aged 15-49 have multiple sexual partners; while 2 percent of Ugandan women aged 15-49 had multiple sexual partners in the last 12 months.

Speaking at the launch of the survey results at Golf Course Hotel in Kampala, Alain Sibenaler, the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) representative in Uganda observed that findings of the survey will enable policy makers to make concrete and smart investments in health, education, employment, livelihood opportunities and other critical areas of development.

Ben-Paul Mungyereza, the Executive Director Uganda Bureau of Statistics- UBOS said that the statistics, released barely two three months from the study that ended in December 2016, depict general improvements in the health sector.

Mungyereza notes that in 2011, 438 mothers were dying while giving birth. The numbers has reduced to 338 mothers for every 100,000 live births. He added that while the country would wish to see no deaths at all, the decrease in numbers is worth celebrating.
 
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In the same report, teenage pregnancies have remained stable at 25 per cent meaning that the rate of teenagers between 15 and 19 getting pregnant is still high. It also indicates that 51 percent of women become sexually before marriage.

The main objective of the survey is to provide estimates of basic and demographic and health indicators on fertility levels, marriage, sexual activity, fertility preferences, awareness and use of family planning methods, breastfeeding practices, nutrition and childhood and maternal mortality.

 The survey was to further find out the awareness and behavior of HIV/AIDS and other STIs and other health issues such as vitamin A deficiency and disability among 15 sub-regions in Uganda.

 

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