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Ugandan women go to court over maternal mortality

India TV News Desk 13 Jun 2012, 20:49:24 IST
India TV News Desk
Kampala, Jun 13: More than 100 women die during childbirth each week in Uganda, a heartbreaking statistic that has energized activists to go to the Supreme Court in a bid to force the government to put more resources toward maternal health care to prevent the wave of deaths.

The activists say they want the country's top judges to declare that women's rights are violated when they die in childbirth.

Activists say a declaration favoring the women activists would shame the government into action that drastically reduces mortality among childbearing women in Uganda.

Uganda loses 16 women in childbirth daily. Most of these deaths happen in villages where bad roads and poverty make it difficult for women to reach health centers. Even when they get there, some say, the available care is poor.

The groups presented the big to the Supreme Court on Tuesday.