Dr. Richard Mangwi Ayiasi of Makerere University, College of Health Sciences, School of Public Health gave a presentation on Newborn care in Masindi and Kiryandongo districts.
During the presentation Dr. Richard Mangwi gave objectives of:-
- Explore newborn care practices in the region (Masindi and Kiryandongo districts);
- To determine the level of knowledge among health workers regarding prenatal and newborn care.
- To explore the focus of prenatal education regarding newborn care.
Newborn death is major public health problem in Uganda and Masindi & Kiryandongo districts. About 29/1000 die before reaching one month old. The causes of these deaths are known and are related to temperature, breastfeeding and hygiene. Recommended interventions are cheap and effective. But the question remains, why are babies still dying?