Child and maternal health
Keeping children Alive and Thriving
Every child has the right to survive and thrive. UNICEF strives to improve the health and nutrition of vulnerable children, adolescents and mothers towards creating a healthy society.
Uganda has recorded a steady decline in infant and under-five mortality over the years but is yet to achieve real progress in reducing neonatal and maternal deaths. Child mortality is unevenly distributed across the country, with mortality rates highest in Karamoja, Southwest, West Nile, and western regions. Progress in nutrition has remained slow. While stunting declined from 33 per cent to 29 per cent since 2011, almost 3 in 10 children aged 6 to 59 months are stunted.
UNICEF is building capacities of the Government and stakeholders to strengthen service delivery, while educating families and communities and simultaneously encouraging demand for the following services:
- High quality, integrated package for pregnant and lactating mothers and newborns, including HIV.
- High-impact nutrition interventions.
- Essential package of quality preventative, promotive and curative services for infants and young children.
- Safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
UNICEF in action
Working with the government ministries, Prime Minister’s Office, district local governments, bilateral and multilateral partners, UNICEF plans to achieve accelerated progress by ensuring that:
- Families and communities adopt positive care and nurturing practices during pregnancy, childbirth, early childhood and adolescence.
- Women, mothers and newborns receive an essential quality reproductive, antenatal, post-natal and newborn health services package.
- Children are immunized and have timely access to treatment for common childhood diseases, especially malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea.
- Caretakers are informed and access services and support to prevent nutritional stunting and micronutrient deficiencies and to treat severe acute malnutrition.
- Adolescent boys and girls receive comprehensive prevention interventions and access comprehensive HIV treatment and care to reduce HIV incidence and early pregnancies.
- Children and their families and communities have access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation and hygiene practices.
By 2025, newborns, young and adolescent boys and girls, especially the most disadvantaged and those living in humanitarian situations, have access to and use quality integrated health, nutrition and HIV services, and benefit from a more nurturing, protective and clean environment.