KIDA'S INTERVENTIONS ADDRESS UN GOAL TO PROMOTE HEALTH

The United Nations established new development goals for the next 15 years, calling them the Sustainable Development Goals. Goal #3 (to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) has a target that KIDA works hard to address: "By 2030, reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births."  In Uganda, the latest figures show the under-5 mortality rate as 66 per 1,000 live births.

KIDA's interventions of providing prenatal care, hospital delivery services, vaccinations, outpatient and inpatient hospital care of children (all unavailable there before 2011) include communinity outreaches to help make rural people aware of how to live healthy lives.

KIDA has their own targets for 2016. One is to immunize 2500 children in their first year of life with all the recommended immunizations. Another is to provide prenatal care to 1371 women and to deliver 600 babies at KIDA Hospital.

KIDA's day by day interventions will go a long ways toward achieving SDG #3 in the Ruwenzori foothills.

Rev. Ezra with a malaria-recovered child about to be discharged from the hospital
Rev. Ezra with a malaria-recovered child about to be discharged from KIDA Hospital