The Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga launched the Review Meeting for the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) which started in 2012.
“Uganda Parliament has been recognized internationally for excellence in maternal health. You have come a long way as the Network of African Women Ministers and Parliamentarians (NAWMP) in the Eighth Parliament; and a lot has been achieved to date. I want to thank the partners for all the support rendered to us for advocacy; I also thank the IPU for its support. I pledge to continue lobbying for more funding,” Kadaga said.
She further informed the members that the Eighth Parliament had designed a roadmap for maternal health, and said she was glad to report that despite various challenges, maternal health has been given the importance that it deserves.
The Chairperson of NAWMP and Woman MP for Mitiyana District, Hon. Sylvia Ssinabulya, informed the meeting that they had achieved a lot since the Advocacy Strategy was launched in 2012.
“Our first objective was to see to it that MNCH is taken care of in Article 33 and 34 during the Constitution Amendments. The draft Bill is almost ready and it has been hard work and joint effort between the Ministry of Health and NAWMP. I am grateful to some of the founding members of NAWMP like Hon. Sara Nyombi have stayed with us as we continue in our struggles of MNCH” she said.
NAWMP-Uganda Chapter was adopted in the meeting of the African Women Ministers and Parliamentarians which sat in Libreville, Gabon on 26th November 2004.
NAWMP was established to promote an equal representation of women and men in decision making processes at the national, regional and international levels; and to strengthen the advocacy skills of women leaders.
It is within this broad framework that NAWMP-Uganda Chapter was established in July 2006.