Potential preterm care health system solutions at annual Mak scientific conference

Potential preterm care health system solutions at annual Mak scientific conference

Faced with stagnated newborn mortality (27/1000), Uganda needs initiatives aimed at tackling this challenge.

As a way of contributing towards efforts to reduce newborn deaths in the country, the East Africa Preterm Birth Initiative has organised a session on preterm care in Uganda at next week’s Makerere University Joint Annual Scientific Health Conference (JASH) in Kampala. The session is aimed at showcasing experiences on improving preterm care in Uganda.

Preterm birth related complications account for about 28% of newborn deaths in Uganda, making it one of the leading causes of baby deaths in the country.

_MG_5638The Preterm Care in Uganda: Current challenges and potential health system solutions session at JASH is a package of five presentations covering policy, clinical and implementation research experiences including:

  • Outcomes for preterm babies following discharge from hospitals
  • Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health (MNCH) quality of care guidelines
  • Improving survival of preterms: The Nsambya hospital experiences
  • Improving kangaroo care for small babies: what is the missing link?
  • Improving service delivery for care of preterm babies: lessons from the preterm birth initiative in Busoga, Uganda
  • Evolution of the neonatal intensive care unit in Kiwoko hospital: Lessons learnt
  • Setting up a neonatal care unit in Mbale hospital: What works?

The overall theme for this year’s JASH conference is “Research, Innovations and Resources for meeting the Health-Related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. This year’s discussions will mainly focus on the effect and impact of research, innovations and resources in achieving the SDGs in Uganda and the sub-Saharan Africa region.

The conference is expected to attract over 300 participants from Uganda and the region. As we transit from MDGs to SGDs, there is urgency to bring researchers, health workers, policy makers, students and members of the civil society on the same round table to evaluate progress and formulate actions that will contribute to the achievement Sustainable Development Goals in Uganda and the region.

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