Sunday 29th March 2015 saw over 600 young and old people participate in an Action for Development 5km and 10km charity Marathon which started at Kampala Railway Grounds dubbed “Run for Women and girls – Improve Maternal Health in Kisoro District.”
Following high maternal deaths standing at 310 per 100,000 births and 16 women dying daily in labor wards, ACFODE organized a charity marathon to raise 100 million shillings to address challenges of poor maternal health care facilities especially for 15 rural health centre IIIs and IVs in Kisoro district.
“We believe by holding a fundraising event, we shall be able to supplement on what the government is doing by bringing some of the required equipment closer to the people of Kisoro ,” noted ACFODE Executive Director, Ms. Regina Bafaki.
The event raised 40 million shillings both in kind and cash donations from different corporate companies, individual sponsors, likeminded Civil Society organisations and the general public. The funds will be used to purchase equipment for maternity wards in rural health centres in Kisoro including hospital beds, delivery beds, delivery kits, mattresses and beddings among others. A total number of 158,000 women are expected to benefit from the improvements in the health facilities.
On behalf of the participants, the Police Chief Political Commissar Mr. Assuman Mugenyi the Chief runner commended ACFODE for this initiative noting that safe motherhood is vital. He added that the hilly terrain of Kisoro contributes to mortality rates since mothers cannot even walk a distance of one kilometre to a health centre hence the need to furnish Health centre (HC) IIIs and IVs.
Among the health centres to benefit from this initiative include; Busanza, Rubuguri, and Chahafi HC IV and Buhozi, Bukumbiri, Iremera, Kagano, Gasovu and Kagezi HC III.
William Kirya (10km) and Paul Okada (5km) emerged the best runners in the respective races and each got tickets for two for a dinner at Kampala Serena Hotel.
The campaign to raise funds for purchasing equipment for maternity wards in rural health centres in Kisoro is still in deficit of 60 million shillings and therefore will continue till 30th May 2015.
“We have succeeded so far in the campaign but we need to get the remaining balance. Therefore all of us are encouraged to contribute to improved maternal health both in kind and in cash.” requested Ms. Bafaki while officiating over the event’s closure.
Gender and Economic Policy Department