UN to Train Local Govts on Reducing Preventable Maternal Mortality and Morbidity


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The Ministry of Health, supported by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is set to train local government officials on the implementation of the technical guidance on the application of Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) to reduce preventable Maternal Mortality and Morbidity.

The training is scheduled to be held in Entebbe from May 27 to 29 and will bring together officials from a number of districts in Uganda.

The three-day training is aimed at discussing priority interventions in order to take practical steps at district level.

Discussions will also inform the draft Multi-Sectoral Strategy on the application of HRBA to Reduce Preventable Maternal Mortality in Uganda.

The Multi-Sectoral Strategy will bring together key stakeholders, including policymakers, and stimulate commitments to take effective steps, in line with the application of a Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) to reduce preventable maternal mortality and morbidity in Uganda.  

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNAIDS, UNDP and the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health constituted a Task Force to support the implementation of the technical guidance on the application of Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) to Reduce Preventable maternal mortality and morbidity in Uganda.

A draft national Multi-Sectoral Strategy on Reduction of Preventable Maternal Mortality and Morbidity is a policy document to strengthen the capabilities of all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in order to coordinate better in Reducing Preventable Maternal Mortality and Morbidity.

The policy seeks to strengthen strategic interventions aimed at addressing the underlying determinants of health to ensure that maternal mortality rates are reduced.

The progressive realisation of the human right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health requires that all key determinants to health be met.

This includes safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, safe food, adequate nutrition and housing, health working and environmental conditions, health-related education and information, and gender equality.

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