The First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs Hon. Janet Museveni has commended the Swedish Government for supporting interventions to address maternal and newborn child health issues in Uganda.
The First Lady was meeting the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda Urban Andersson who called on her at State House Entebbe last week to brief her about the midwives4all campaign launch.
He was accompanied by the Deputy Swedish Ambassador Susanne Speps and the Embassy Consultant Nelly Badaru.
Janet Museveni said maternal health is a very important subject that she has been dealing with for some time and expressed concern that Uganda has not yet made a break through to meet the UN Millennium Development Goal 5(MDG5).
She praised Sweden’s engagement in maternal health issues saying that since they have been doing so well in this area they are a good example for Uganda and the whole world.
She was also grateful that Karamoja region, which still faces many developmental challenges after it was isolated for some time, is among the recipients of this Swedish support.
The First Lady welcomed the midwives4 all campaign which, in addition to addressing issues of maternal health, will also go a long way in promoting the midwifery in Uganda and motivating young people to join this profession.
Ambassador Urban Andersson informed the First Lady that launching of the midwives4all campaign is to recognize and promote the fundamental role of midwives in maternal and newborn health and advocate for the profession.
He said that for the period 2015 – 2018 a total of 58 million US dollars will be under the Swedish development cooperation to Uganda to improve access to high quality child and maternal care, improved access to sexual reproductive health and rights, and to build the research capacity in health sciences.
Deputy Ambassador Susanne Speps outlined the Swedish government support in Karamoja which includes training of midwives through UNFPA and promoting child health services plus the Village Health Teams (VHTs) through UNICEF.
They also support training in sexual reproductive health and rights in schools, plus the ‘birth- cushion’ delivery kit which she said has enabled an increase in the number of Karimojong women delivering from health facilities.