How Health and Nutrition Promotion Programs in Uganda Are Beneficial for The Locals

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The slackness in health and nutrition promotion has prevented the healthy development of millions of children.

How Health and Nutrition Promotion Programs in Uganda Are Beneficial for The Locals

Since the past 20 years, Uganda has shown some major improvements in the healthcare industry. Thanks to the countless health and nutrition promotion campaigns, their health indicators have improved. The mortality rate of birth-giving mothers and children under five has decreased up to fifty percent, the largest drop noticed in decades. In the past two years, widespread immunization awareness increased prenatal care, and better access to medical and health facilities have been seen. However, despite the rigorous improvement, the health rate of Uganda is still very low, and most of the children still don't have adequate medical facilities. 

Many essential services for premature babies or those with complications are still unavailable. Most healthcare facilities often face shortages of basic drugs and testing equipment. More than 30% of the children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition and other chronic diseases. The slackness in health and nutrition promotion has prevented the healthy development of millions of children.

Here's an effective plan for health and nutrition promotion in Uganda prioritize five key areas:

1.    Saving Newborn Lives

Since the first few minutes of a newborn's life are crucial and critical, it's important to educate the healthcare facilities about simple steps that can save millions of lives. The communities can train mothers on breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact to provide essential nutrition and warmth to the newborn after birth. The most common cause of death in newborns in Uganda is Asphyxia, which can disable breathing ability. So, it's essential to train midwives and nurses on basic techniques to rescue babies immediately after their birth.

2.    Better promotion of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH)

Adolescents in Uganda lack basic access to sexual and reproductive health services, and this is why health and nutrition promotion is important for their well—being. According to studies, at least 1/4th of the women face teenage pregnancies, leading to school dropouts. The promotional campaigns should work with schools and communities to promote sexual and reproductive health awareness.

3.    Boosting nutrition

The healthcare communities should provide basic testing of malnutrition and provide food and nutritional support to young children and their mothers. The communities should promote awareness among lactating and pregnant women to take better care of themselves and give birth to healthy babies. Health and nutrition promotion campaigns are the most effective way to reduce child malnutrition and improve children's health in Uganda.

4.    Responding to emergencies

Despite significant improvement in the medical industry of Uganda, they are still facing major problems in dealing with deadly outbreaks like Corona Virus. The globally spread virus has caused millions of people to lose their lives in Uganda. To prevent deadly diseases like DR Congo, Ebola, and Corona, hospitals and clinics should be provided with the necessary equipment. Health and nutrition promotion campaigns should dispel myths and create adequate awareness regarding such viruses.

5.    System strengthening

At last, the changes should be sustainable and long-term to strengthen the health systems in Uganda. Improving the capacity of medical facilities and retaining them is a great approach to promote community health. The communities should also promote research and development in Uganda for long-term sustainability.

Health and nutrition promotion campaigns can improve the status of children and women in Uganda. These campaigns can play a crucial role in decreasing Uganda's infant and child mortality rate.

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