The maternal mortality rate is 430 deaths per 100,000 live births. Uganda has the 32nd highest maternal mortality rate in the world. Women need better access to family planning, which would prevent 70% of maternal deaths. This project will provide access to care from skilled healthcare professionals, antenatal and postnatal care, improved general health and sexual health care, and increased knowledge surrounding warning signs of complications. It will reduce complications during pregnancies.
Maternal and infant mortality and morbidity although declining, remain unacceptably high. Uganda's Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) remained high, with no significant decline between 1990 and 2000 (527 to 505 deaths per 100,000 live births). The 2005/6 UDHS registered a decline to 435 deaths per 100,000 live births. This MMR translates to about 6,000 women dying every year due to pregnancy related causes. In addition, for every woman who dies, six survive with chronic and debilitating ill health.
The project will provide trained health workers during and after pregnancy and child birth for quality antenatal care, timely emergency obstetric care and provide adequate communication, facilities and transportation systems. The project will protect pregnant women from domestic violence, and involve men in maternal health and wider reproductive health. The project will increase efforts to prevent child marriage and ensure that young women postpone their first pregnancy
The project will reduce more than 15% of women who suffer from life threatening complications due to pregnancy. The project will reduce the number of teenage pregnancies. Reduce the complications during pregnancies in adult women, teenage mothers.