Uganda Achieves Significant Reduction in Infant Mortality Rate

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The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) recently published the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey – 2022 report on September 7, 2023. The report highlights a decrease in infant mortality rates in Uganda.

According to the report, the infant mortality rate has declined from 43 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2016 to 36 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2022.

Similarly, the Under-5 mortality rate has also decreased from 64 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2016 to 52 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2022. In terms of neonatal mortality, the rate has gone down from 27 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2016 to 22 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2022.

Furthermore, the report indicates that the maternal mortality ratio has dropped from 336 per 100,000 live births (2009-2016) to 189 per 100,000 live births. This includes all deaths during pregnancy, regardless of the cause.

The survey reveals that men have a higher level of knowledge about HIV and its prevention compared to women (with percentages of 83% and 73% respectively). On the other hand, more women are aware that AIDS can be transmitted during pregnancy, delivery, and breastfeeding but can be prevented through Mother-to-Child Transmission (MTCT).

Additionally, the survey highlights that malnutrition arises from inadequate food intake and can result in increased illness or death. The findings indicate that 30% of children suffer from stunted growth, 11% are underweight, 3% are wasted, and 4% are overweight. Moreover, there is a higher prevalence of overweight and obesity among women compared to men, while more men tend to be underweight compared to women.

UBOS officials attributed this significant improvement to the dedication and hard work of the healthcare professionals at all levels, the Uganda Ministry of Health team, and all the individuals and organizations who have supported our cause.

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