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Maternal and Child Health in Uganda

Ensuring the best start for children under 5 years old

In order to reach as many children and vulnerable communities as possible, Plan International Uganda has continued scaling up low-cost, high impact interventions in the Early Childhood and Development programme.

In a bid to enhance access to quality health services, we are supporting communities to strengthen the referral of sick children and mothers to health facilities, through low-cost, community-managed bicycle-ambulances.

Our Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) programme continues to be our flagship, innovative approach to the issue, with amazing results in all communities where it has been implemented. Many communities where we work have attained Open Defecation Free (ODF) status, and many neighbouring communities are learning, adopting and implementing CLTS on their own.

We place an emphasis on health, and we are supporting five districts - Alebtong, Lira, Luwero, Kamuli and Tororo - with stocks of essential medical kits to supplement facility-based supplies and scale-up services to rural and hard-to-reach communities. These include HIV test kits and Anti Retro Virals; Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kits for malaria, and drugs for the treatment of non-complicated childhood malaria and pneumonia. We also stock health facilities with ready-to-use-therapeutic foods for management of acute malnutrition, and we are renovating maternity and neonatal care units in seven lower-level health centres in Lira and Alebtong districts, plus equipping them with basic medical equipment