Violence against women is a global public health problem. In Uganda, more than half of all women have experienced violence at least once in their life, most likely from an intimate partner, leaving them feeling unsafe in the place they should feel the safest – their home.

“Violence against women is everywhere in Uganda,” says Dr Olive Sentumbwe, National Professional Officer, WHO Uganda. “Women from all parts of society experience repeated abuse, which takes a toll on their physical and mental health.”

UN plans to embark on a 40 million U.S. dollar programme to end preventable maternal deaths and improve child health in Kenya, officials said on Thursday.

Bashir Issak, UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Programme Coordinator in Kenya, told a news conference in Nairobi that the phase two of the UN joint programme on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health will be implemented jointly by six UN agencies.

“The programme will target six counties in Kenya which account for the bulk of maternal deaths,” Issak said.

The six counties are Mandera, Migori, Lamu, Wajir, Isiolo and Marsabit which have a maternal mortality rate of between 700 per 100,000 live births to 3,975 per 100,000 live births against the Kenya average of 362 per 100,000 live births.

Issak said the overall objective of the program is bring down the level of maternal deaths of the six high burden counties to within Kenya’s average in the next four years.

The UN agencies involved in the program include the Joint UN Programme on HIV and Aids (UNAIDS), World Bank, UNFPA, UNICEF, World Health Organisation, UN Women.

Issak said enhanced maternal health will be achieved through capacity building of county governments to ensure that every health facility can safely deliver a healthy baby.

The UN will contribute 20 million dollars, while the Danish government will contribute another six million dollars for the programme.

The rest will be source from other donors.

Phase one of the programme which ended in 2016 cost 15 million dollars.

The UN official noted that most of the six counties are lagging behind the rest of Kenya in terms of maternal health due to years of under-investment by previous governments.

“As a result, their social sectors such as health and education have performed poorly as compared to other counties of Kenya,” Issak said.

He added that maternal and child health contributes to 80 percent of primary health needs in the country. 

Teenage offspring of mothers with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) have increased adiposity and an adverse cardiometabolic profile, according to a study published online Oct. 16 in Diabetes Care

Louise G. Grunnet, Ph.D., from Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark, and colleagues compared body composition and associated cardiometabolic traits among 561 9- to 16-year-old offspring of mothers with GDM and 597 control offspring.

Medical staff are less likely to resuscitate newborns than they are children and adults, according to a new study.

A team of researchers at l’Université de Montréal studied the approach of the medical staff of various Montreal hospitals practising resuscitation manoeuvres on patients of different ages. The study focused on scenarios involving the arrival of several patients at the same time in the emergency room when there was only one doctor present.

The aim was to find out who would be a priority for staff. A questionnaire revealed that when confronted with different scenarios of patients in critical condition, medical staff were more likely to save adults and children than newborns.

Shame on us.

Shame on the United States, for scoring the worst maternal death rate in the developed world. And shame on New Jersey for ranking 35th among the states in terms of pregnancy-related deaths.

The statistics come from a six-month probe by ProPublica, a nonprofit news-gathering organization that has won numerous Pulitzer Prizes, including one this year for public service, and by National Public Radio.

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