What Women Want and Engender Health Uganda join forces to tackle what women want for their maternal and reproductive health. Highlighting the stories of two women, Engender Health describes the rising numbers of fistulas and the hope for respectful care.
A few weeks ago, I attended the 22nd Annual AIDS Conference in Amsterdam with the What Women Want team and spent four incredible days speaking directly with women from around the world about their top healthcare concerns.
Launched on April 11 – International Day of Maternal Health and Rights – What Women Want and its more than 300 partners aims to hear directly from one million women and girls worldwide about what quality health care means to them. The one question survey is simple – what is your top request for quality reproductive and maternal health care services?
One-in-four Ugandan girls aged 15–19 years old is a mother or pregnant with her first child, robbing 25% of the country’s adolescent girls of their potential. Teen pregnancy also contributes to thousands of deaths and disabilities to young girls and newborn every year, with consequences for mother, child, family, community and nation. WRA Uganda is utilizing citizen-led advocacy to raise the issue among policymakers and using the What Women Want campaign to hear directly from women about their needs around reproductive health and family planning.