Health and Nutrition

We ensure sustained access to life-saving maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition services.

Sub-themes: Maternal, newborn and reproductive health; Child health; Infant, young child and maternal nutrition; Adolescent sexual and reproductive health; Clinical services (humanitarian); WASH and HIV and AIDS.

Save the Children works in partnership with the Ministry of Health, local government, district health officers; NGOs like UNICEF, WHO, Uganda Red Cross; local professional bodies and corporate organizations to promote the right to health and nutrition of pregnant mothers and children in Uganda.

Working through the Saving Newborn Lives program, Save the Children supports the Government of Uganda to deliver proven low-cost and high-impact interventions at community and health facility level to prevent the deaths of newborn babies and mothers from preventable causes. Through the KIMCHI project, Save the Children works to improve the quality of and access to newborn, child and maternal health services. At community level, we work to increase the demand for newborn, child and maternal health services through community mobilisation using existing community-based structures.

A mother who had her baby with the help of a skilled health worker in Ntoroko district.

In order to achieve our health goals of elimination of preventable newborn and under-five deaths, reduced maternal mortality and improved adolescent sexual and reproductive health outcomes, through our health and nutrition programme we target increasing facility deliveries, equitable service access through providing transport vouchers to expectant mothers, community ambulances and infrastructure improvement; community mobilization using the community action cycle and quality improvement approaches.

In regards to adolescent reproductive and sexual health, we empower in and out-of-school youth with information and skills through comprehensive sexuality education, economic empowerment, linkage to services, community mobilization and promoting model parenting.