Should Uganda ban traditional birth attendants?
An article recently featured in UK newspaper ‘The Guardian’, reflects on Uganda's recent decision to ban traditional birth attendants. The policy is designed to encourage pregnant women to use primary health care facilities, but has caused controversy with critics who argue that traditional birth attendants are often well respected in local communities and expectant mothers do not always have the luxury of choice. Health care facilities may be many kilometres from their home and the journey too expensive. The article explores both sides of the debate and the crucial role that transport must play if women are truly to be given a choice.
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