UGANDA, 2013. Racheal N., a U-reporter narrates how U-report a UNICEF innovation has empowered youth to contribute to issues that concern them. This was during a ceremony where The World Bank and UNICEF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), to collaborate on utilizing innovations to enhance Uganda's development. © UNICEF/UGDA201300788/YUSUF ATEF
UGANDA, 2013. Racheal N., a U-reporter narrates how U-report a UNICEF innovation has empowered youth to contribute to issues that concern them. This was during a ceremony where The World Bank and UNICEF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), to collaborate on utilizing innovations to enhance Uganda’s development. © UNICEF/UGDA201300788/YUSUF ATEF

With less than 500 days to the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) deadline, Uganda is currently scaling up many of its interventions, especially health, to achieve at least two thirds of the expectations.

Uganda is currently grappling with a high under-five mortality rate at 90 deaths per 1,000 live births as of 2011, and a high maternal mortality rate at 438 deaths per 100,000 live births.

Last week, the ministry of Health unveiled the Sharpened Reproductive Maternal Neonatal and Child Health (RMNCH) Strategic Plan 2013-2017 meant to accelerate progress on maternal, newborn and child survival.

It highlights important health care innovations; if immediately brought to scale, they have the potential of saving lives of 120,000 children and 6,100 women by 2017.

These innovative initiatives include (among others): UNICEF’s Mobile Vital Registration System (MobileVRS), MTrac and U-Report.

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