Maternal health on agenda of Inter-Parliamentary Assembly

Access to health for women and children will feature high on the agenda of the forthcoming 126th assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), due to be held in Kampala, Uganda, in March and April.

Access to health for women and children will feature high on the agenda of the forthcoming 126th assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), due to be held in Kampala, Uganda, on 31 March to 5 April 5th.

The
 Public Relations Officer of the Ugandan parliament, Hellen Kawesa, said that one of the items on the agenda will be “Access to health as a basic right: the role of parliaments in addressing key challenges to securing the health of women and children”.

The speaker of the Ugandan parliament, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, who will host the event, said that Uganda had campaigned to include maternal health on the agenda of the 126th assembly during an earlier meeting held in Panama City in April 2011.

“It is expected that from these discussions we will arrive at resolutions and recommendations aimed at saving our dear mothers, sisters and daughters. These resolutions will be aimed at improving health services for women and girls,” Kadaga said.

Maternal health is still a big challenge in Uganda, with about 435 deaths reported of every 100,000 women who give birth in health facilities (institutional deliveries).

The IPU, established in 1889, is an international organization of parliaments of UN member countries. The IPU is the focal point for worldwide parliamentary dialogue and works for peace and cooperation among peoples and for the firm establishment of representative democracy.

The Union holds its assembly and related meeting twice a year, in Switzerland in October and in a member country in April. Uganda will host the April session of this year.

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