Since ending a 20-year insurgency by the Lord’s Resistance Army in the north, Uganda has enjoyed relative prosperity. Today, however, explosive population growth—paired with an influx of refugees fleeing violence in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo—threatens to undermine this new-found stability. Covid-19 has further exacerbated these challenges.
In Uganda, women with fistula suffer for a staggering 11 years before receiving treatment. With one doctor for every 25,000 individuals, Uganda’s health services, and maternal services in particular, are struggling to keep up with demand. Ugandan women face a one-in-47 change of dying in childbirth. What’s more, poor infrastructure and widespread poverty make it even harder for women to access the care they need. Covid-19 has further exacerbated these challenges.
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