The Ministry of Health identifies THREE DELAYS in accounting for mothers' deaths in Uganda:
- delays at HOME to make decision to refer the mother to health facility related to the socio-cultural, gender roles of women, and POVERTY in the community;
- delays on the way to the health facility related to poor roads, weak ambulance system in Uganda, and delays due to a ROAD BLOCK called TBAs i.e. traditional birth attendants
- the the third delay is what is euphemistically called HEALTH FACILITY delay which is really a failure in quality of care and patient safety at the health facility.
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