When a woman or child needs medical care, three things must happen: (1) She and her family must recognize the need to get help and make the decision to seek care. (2) They must be able to physically reach a health facility; and (3) The health center must provide appropriate and high-quality care. In Uganda, lack of knowledge, cultural beliefs, unhealthy traditional practices, poor road infrastructure, extreme poverty, supply shortages, and lack of continuing medical education combine to make pregnancy, labor, delivery, and early childhood a dangerous time.
As shown in the infographic below, women (or their families) often wait too long to leave for a health facility, then struggle to walk or find transport to the sparsely available rural health facilities, and then encounter challenges once they reach a facility finding appropriately trained care providers that have the necessary supplies and medications to treat them.
SAFE partners with rural Ugandan communities to knock out these delays, towards ensuring that women, children, and families enjoy healthy and empowered lives. Read more about our work on each of the delays by following the links below:
(1) Delay in recognizing problems or making decision to get care.
(2) Delay in reaching health facility.
(3) Delay in getting needed care at health facility.
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