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Empowering Pregnancy: Stanbic Uganda & Ministry of Health Combat Preeclampsia

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  • They flagged off the campaign at the Kawempe National Referral Hospital in Kampala, as part of events leading to the commemoration of World Preeclampsia Day on May 22, 2024, in Arua City, under the theme ‘Predict Prevent Prevail.
  • Diana Ondoga, the Corporate Social Investment Manager at Stanbic Bank Uganda, emphasized their commitment to contributing to efforts aimed at reducing or eliminating conditions like preeclampsia and other health-related complications that result in thousands of maternal and neonatal deaths.

The Ministry of Health and Stanbic Uganda, leading the Corporate Society for Safe Motherhood, have initiated a ten-day campaign to raise awareness on Preeclampsia—a condition of high blood pressure affecting women during pregnancy. They flagged off the campaign at the Kawempe National Referral Hospital in Kampala, as part of events leading to the commemoration of World Preeclampsia Day on May 22, 2024, in Arua City, under the theme ‘Predict Prevent Prevail.’

Preeclampsia, a condition characterized by high blood pressure and potential organ damage, can occur during pregnancy typically after the 20th week, posing serious risks to both the mother and the unborn child. According to the Preeclampsia Foundation, this condition claims the lives of an estimated 76,000 pregnant women annually out of at least 10 million globally.

Diana Ondoga, the Corporate Social Investment Manager at Stanbic Bank Uganda, emphasized their commitment to contributing to efforts aimed at reducing or eliminating conditions like preeclampsia and other health-related complications that result in thousands of maternal and neonatal deaths.

Dr. Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, stressed the importance of proactive measures in addressing Preeclampsia, such as early antenatal attendance, to ensure the well-being of expectant mothers nationwide. She urged pregnant women to seek pre-birth care early for timely detection and prevention, highlighting the crucial role of men in supporting their partners throughout the pregnancy cycle.

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Atwine cited cases where women sought medical help late, unaware of their condition, often attributing symptoms to superstition or other factors, resulting in tragic outcomes. She underscored the Ministry’s initiative to change community mindsets through the ten days of activism.

The Ministry of Health reported significant progress in reducing preventable mortality, with maternal mortality decreasing from 336 to 189 deaths per 100,000 live births and newborn mortality dropping from 27 to 22 deaths per 1000 live births. Preeclampsia remains the second leading cause of maternal deaths, contributing 13% to maternal mortality and significantly impacting preterm birth rates.

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