IWI's Safe Birthing Program's (SBP) main objective is to reduce maternal mortality in the Amolatar District in Northern Uganda, through providing women with their fundamental right to reproductive healthcare. IWI is providing birthing kits to health facilities that are struggling to meet the demand of the population. IWI will provide each of the health centers with up to 50 kits a month to make up for supply shortages. This will ensure that all women giving birth in sanitary conditions.
As many as 16 women die due to labor complications in Uganda daily due to the lack of adequate reproductive healthcare. In the northern region, rising fertility rates, and a higher than average maternal mortality ratio of 40 deaths per 100,000 births, compounds their health burden. With the return of IDPs from Ugandan conflict with the LRA, the health system in the Northern Region has become overburdened and reproductive health services have suffered.
While birthing kits are provided by the Ugandan government, health centers are not always provided with enough kits to meet the demands of their patients. This means that not every woman is provided with a kit upon entering the health center for delivery causing some women to have to pay for supplies or give birth in unsanitary conditions. IWI seeks to alleviate this by providing birthing kits to each center to create a "buffer" to ensure all women have access to sanitary birthing conditions.
IWI is confident that the success of our program will elicit a systemic change to women's access to healthcare in Northern Uganda. We can build robust constituencies for social change, mobilizing and support for maternal healthcare to other areas in Uganda, and to expand our efforts to help bring about lasting change to the region.