Centre for Health Human Rights and Development a non-profit organisation based in Kampala has of today registered a win in maternal health case. In a judgment delivered by justice Chebron Barishaki at the Constitutional Court today, all the learned judges agreed with the submissions presented by petitioners.
The judgment comes after 9 years since the case was first filed in 2011 against Government of Uganda through attorney general. The families of two women Sylvia Nalubowa and Jennifer Anguko who died in separate incidents later joined by the activists. This is a landmark decision regarding the health of pregnant mothers.
The judges held that failure by government to provide adequate maternal and obstetric health care to pregnant mothers violated Article 33 of the Constitution. This followed evidence of statistics of Uganda Demographic and Health Survey that averagely 16 mothers die daily in Kampala alone due to lack of basic health care.
Government was ordered to provide adequate health services and recruit well trained health workers, increase funding within a period of two years. The families were also awarded compensation and costs for the case.