- New Swedish support to strengthen health system for Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health
- This new Government of Sweden contribution will support the districts of Adjumani, Arua, Koboko, Maracha, Moyo, Nebbi, Pakwach, Yumbe and Zombo
- SIDA carries out enhanced development cooperation with a total of 35 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America
- In Uganda, Sweden’s support focuses on three main areas; human rights, democracy, the rule of law and gender equality; environment, climate change and sustainable inclusive economic development, and; equitable health including SRHR
Kampala–About one million children in West Nile, including newborns and adolescents, together with pregnant women, will soon benefit from better quality health services.
This follows the funding support from Swedish International Development Agency (Sida). Speaking at the launch of the program, Per Lindgärde, Ambassador of Sweden, said: “Supporting improvements in the health of children, adolescents and women, especially the most disadvantaged, is one of Sweden’s health cooperation priorities.”
SIDA accounted that the areas of support will be in investing in capacity of health providers, basic medical equipment, and water and sanitation facilities, to improve the capacity of health facilities to provide quality health services to host and refugee communities;
“We are therefore happy to continue to support the strengthening of maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services to children and families in West Nile, which is among the most disadvantaged regions in Uganda.”
Strengthening the capacity of District Local Government for equity-focused data analysis, programme planning and monitoring, and stronger leadership and governance for Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health.
And, building the capacity of communities to demand for and use quality health services, and to promote social accountability through greater linkages between health facilities, health unit management committees and village health teams.
UNICEF’s Representative in Uganda, Dr. Doreen Mulenga, said: “UNICEF’s vision and plan is to support the Government of Uganda to build a strong and resilient health system that reliably delivers integrated health services for children, adolescents and reproductive-age women.”
“This new support from Sweden helps us to advance this vision, which will ultimately improve the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands of children and save more lives.”
This contribution has been planned to support around 480,000 children under the age of five, including 140,000 newborns, as well as 460,000 adolescents.
The Government of Sweden has been supporting UNICEF to strengthen the Ministry of Health’s maternal, newborn, child.