Challenging the Status Quo: Making health facilities in Kibuku district friendly for physically disabled women

Rebecca Racheal Apolot , 2018
Makerere University School of Public Health

Uganda’s maternal and newborn mortality remains unacceptably high (380 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births and 50 per 1,000 live births respectively). Most efforts to improve maternal, newborn and child health (MNH) outcomes in Uganda have focused on access and quality of care for women in general, paying no attention to special populations like women with physical disabilities with a high likelihood of poor MNH outcomes. Like elsewhere in Uganda, physically disabled mothers in Kibuku district find unique barriers in accessing MNH services due to; mobility problems, unfriendly physical infrastructure, unresponsive midwives, and low awareness of MNH needs of women with physical disabilities. This brief explores the challenges that are being faced and suggests how they can be overcome.

Policy brief | Cross-cutting