Whether a woman is able to exercise her reproductive rights depends in part on whether she lives in a city or a rural area, how much education she has and wether she is affluent or poor.
An educated woman in an affluent household in a city, is likely to have access to a full range of modern contraceptive choices; to have the power to decide wether, when and how often to become pregnant; and if she chooses to get pregnant, to give birth safely in a hospital or a clinic under the care of a health professional.
In contrast, a poor woman with little education in a rural area is likely to have few options for preventing preganancies, staying healthy during pregancy or delivering with the assistance of a skilled birth attendant. And, in seeking to exercise her reproductive rights, she may face sosial and institutional obstacles that her affluent, educated and urban counterpart may never encounter or may easily overcome.
Uganda’s healthcare services reach only a small portion of the population, and the country still has poorer health indicators than most African countries. (State of Uganda Population Report 2017)
«Too many children die every year simply because they have no access to health care. Why? Lack of resources? Lack of interest for the sufferings of many? Lack of social responsibility from the governments? Or all of the above? Whatever the reason, the question remains: shall we continue to tolerate this scandal, or shall we make every effort to save or improve the life of fellow human beings?»
Knowing these challenges we wanted to build a health center in a rural area. Deciding to do something as big as building a health center for a community, is to assume a huge commitment. Expectations and impatience occur in the recipients while unforeseen challenges arise to the giver. The biggest challenge is however always to raise the money needed.
If you find our project interesting, and would like to join us in the efforts to complete the Health Center, and make a better future for the people in our area, you are more than welcome to contact us.