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Uganda Maternal Health Rights Now Constitutional

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Uganda Maternal Health Rights Now Constitutional

Uganda’s constitutional court has ruled that the government’s failure to provide basic maternal healthcare services violates the constitution and subjects women to inhumane and degrading treatment.

Two families had filed a lawsuit against public hospitals they accuse of unethical behaviour of its health workers and lacking basic maternal health kits. The case was filed nine years ago by health rights activists and two mothers whose daughters died while giving birth at public health facilities.

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The court agreed with their argument, and has awarded $84,000 in damages to the families of two women in a ground breaking judgement.

The ruling is being celebrated as granting maternal healthcare a place in Uganda’s constitution.

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The case highlights the shocking state of public maternal healthcare in Uganda and the government’s failure to fix the problem.

Authorities have been demanding an increase in maternal health spending, properly trained personnel, and facilities equipped within two years.

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Uganda demographic and health survey says 16 women die each day in the country from complications related to pregnancy and child-birth.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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