UCU moves to curb maternal mortality

The Standard UCU

DSC_2503 UCU community members donate blood during the Health Awareness Week (Photo by Doreen Kajeru)

BY STANDARD TEAM 

Limited supply of blood in Africa is a serious problem. According to the World Health Organisation, out of the 75 countries that report fewer than 10 donations per 1000 people, 38 of them are from Africa.

Only one per cent of Ugandans donate blood regularly. According to Dr Dorothy Kyeyune Byabazire, the director Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS).

The response from the adult community as regards donating blood is very low and this, among other factors has led to shortage of blood at the blood bank.

Uganda Christian University (UCU), in conjunction with the Red Cross and the Mukono Church of Uganda Hospital launched a blood donation drive to curb blood shortage and maternal mortality in Uganda.

UCU, under the Save The Mothers (STM) department, carried out the five day drive during the…

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