The health status of the women, children and young people in our country is poor characterized by persistent high maternal mortality rates associated with a high fertility rate, limited contraceptive use, limited access to quality health facilities and increasing HIV/AIDS prevalence rates among women and children. Improving the status of reproductive health in Uganda is a priority for NAWAD.
NAWAD conducted a study in conjunction with Gender Action that investigated the impact of World Bank and the African Development Bank's investments in health care development in Uganda. This study revealed the distance between the goals of those investments and their actual impact. NAWAD is currently working in the area of the Right to Water and Sanitation, which has an enormous impact on health. We are planning to expand our work on health to include: other environmental health issues impacting women, women’s rights and universal access to HIV and AIDS care and support, sexuality and reproductive health and support to vulnerable children.