Kristen's Trip to Uganda - Fall 2012 - Part 2
Thursday, Oct 11 Today, Thursday, is the International Day of the Girl Child. According to the Ugandan daily newspaper, New Vision, where Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie, the UN Resident Coordinator for Uganda/UNDP Resident Representative is quoted, 24% of girls in Uganda under the age of 18 are either pregnant or have already given birth. Younger women and girls are much more likely to get complications during pregnancy. On the road to Kamuli, I am reminded of the reality of the statistics, as coffin makers showcase their wares. Inside the shop, there are tiny coffins for the newborns lost at birth. As noted in the news article, a culture/system change is required to discourage young girls from getting pregnant in Uganda; in the meantime, it is my hope that ITW will continue to identify those girls at high risk using obstetric ultrasound, directing them to safer deliveries and helping to prevent these tragedies.