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Promising results in reducing maternal deaths

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda in March 2020, routine analysis of service delivery data by UNFPA showed an increase maternal deaths by 10.4%, from 1,089 in 2019 to 1,202 in 2020, according to the Health Management Information System (HMIS). In the 55 districts that are supported by UNFPA, maternal deaths increased by 41.1% in the period January-June 2020 compared to the same period January-June 2019.  However, with UNFPA intervention, an analysis of data on maternal deaths in 55 UNFPA supported districts shows notable reduction in maternal deaths across the first period of the second half of 2020, which can be associated with the various UNFPA supported COVID-19 response activities implemented. Specifically, maternal deaths reduced in 24 of the 55 districts that are supported by UNFPA.