Maternal and child health research featured in Canadian Geographic

February 04, 2016

Protestors in Kampala march to court in 2012

Protestors in Kampala march to court in 2012 to deliver a complaint following the court's delay in delivering judgment on the CEHURD case involving Sylvia Nalubowa and Jennifer Anguko, two women who died in childbirth. (Photo: Courtesy of CEHURD)

An IDRC-supported researcher is receiving international attention for his work to address maternal and child death rates in East Africa. 

Moses Mulumba, health lawyer and Executive Director of the Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CHERUD), has made important contributions to laws and public policies that promote and protect maternal and child health. In particular, Mulumba’s work in public health law and advocacy has had significant impacts on human resource reform in Uganda’s health system.

Mama Kits have been transformative in helping lower the risk of death and infection during childbirth, but women living in poverty are not always able to access or afford the kits. Following the death of Sylvia Nalubowa and her unborn child, CHERUD filed a lawsuit against the Government of Uganda to determine whether all practical measures are in place in health facilities to ensure basic maternal health services.

Canadian Geographic spoke with Moses Mulumba about this highly publicized court case that sparked international scrutiny and brought parliamentary attention to maternal, newborn, and child care in Uganda.

Read more about court case in Canadian Geographic.

Learn more about IDRC’s Maternal and Child Health Program.