One in 16 Ugandan children do not live to reach their fifth birthday. Thankfully, the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH) sees this tragic statistic for what it is: an unacceptable number of preventable deaths.
Uganda’s commitment to its youngest citizens is more than lip service. It became a strategic approach to reduce death, illness and disability – and improve growth and development – of children under five. The foundation of this success was the implementation of the Integrated Management of Newborn and Childhood Illnesses (IMNCI) approach as the main strategy for increasing coverage of low-cost, high-impact, evidence-based child health interventions at all levels of the health system.
According to Uganda’s Demographic and Health Survey (UDHS 2016), 1 in 16 Ugandan children do not live to reach their fifth birthday. Thanks to the USAID-funded Maternal and Child Survival Program, health facilities across the cadres are improving services to reduce referral and treatment costs for families by ensuring timely and correct classification and management of children under-five.
Through logistics data management, ownership and supervision, the Kogi State Logistics Management Coordinating Unit has set the bar in ensuring that the considerable investment into medicines and supplies for women and children will be channeled towards saving lives.
In two diverse regions of Burma the Maternal and Child Survival Program and Burma’s Ministry of Health are working together to improve the diagnosis and referral of communicable diseases in vulnerable communities and save children’s lives.