Maternal Health in Uganda
According to estimates about 5000 women die during childbirth in Uganda every year. As population grows more people are looking for free medical care. On the other hand there is shortage of medical staff and medical centers often run out of supplies. In March 2011, a lawsuit was filed against Ugandan government, stating that the government is responsible for maternal deaths.
Valente Inziku with his children Patricia Alezuyo, Joshua Tabu, and Convert Diana at their home in Aribio village, Arua District. Valente Inziko's wife died during childbirth in October 2010 in Arua Hospital.
Woman in labor in the delivery room of the labor ward of Arua Hospital. There are only 4 beds in the delivery room.
Operating room in Mityana Hospital. Many hospitals lack basic equipment and patients often have to buy medical supplies.
Nurses and a relative attend to a expecting mother sitting on the floor of the labor ward of Arua Hospital.
Nurse attaches IV fluid to the hook on the wall in the postnatal ward of maternity ward of Arua Hospital.
Wileza Itun and her newborn baby minutes after delivery in Arua Hospital.
Patients in the Maanyi Health Center III, Mityana district. Health centers in rural areas are often only poorly equiped.
Woman in labor rests on the bed in the delivery room of the labor ward of Arua Hospital.
Relatives of expecting mothers plead with the guard to be let into maternity ward of Arua Hospital. Due to overcrowding only a limited number of people are allowed into maternity ward.
Teo Nakatudde sits in the waiting room of Bbanda Health Center, Mityana district. In addition to government health centers there are also private health centers that many people attend since they prefer them over government health centers.
Valente Inziku holds the hand of his daughter Convert Diana in the yard of their homestead in Aribio village, Arua District. Valente Inziko's wife Jennifer Anguko and the baby died during childbirth in October 2010 in Arua Hospital. She and the baby are buried in their homestead.
Maternal Health Care in Uganda. In International Herald Tribune.