Uganda kids dying from preventable disease
From GERALD BUSINGE in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – THE child mortality rate in Uganda is disturbingly high with 127 children under the age of five dying per day largely from treatable diseases.
Pneumonia (52 deaths), malaria (42) and diarrhea (33) have emerged the major killers.
The statistics indicate Uganda needs to reduce its under-five mortality rate in poor communities by 6,8 percent per year to enable it to realize the 2030 target of 25 deaths per 1 000 live births, said the United nations Children’s Fund.
The UN agency noted child poverty rates are much higher in Northern Uganda with the lowest rates in Central and Eastern Regions.
To lift the poorest children out of poverty, government, donors, businesses and international organisations have been tasked to accelerate efforts to address the needs of the most disadvantaged children first so that no one is left behind.
UNICEF’s Representative in Uganda, Aida Girma said in many cases, the constraints on reaching these children are not technical.
“They are a matter of political commitment and collective will. They are a matter of resources. If we all join forces, we can address the inequity and inequality that hundreds of thousands of children across Uganda currently experience.”
In Uganda, an integrated Early Childhood Development policy was recently passed by Cabinet, early childhood development has been specified as a critical component of building Uganda’s future labour force.
– CAJ News
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