Kampala - Relatives of two woman who died in childbirth launched a landmark lawsuit against the Ugandan government Friday to highlight the failure to provide adequate maternal healthcare.
Hundreds of activists and family members gathered at Uganda's constitutional court in Kampala for the start of proceedings that campaigners say could force the government to ramp up spending on the issue.
“I would like to ask our government to put enough money into the ealth facilities so that our mothers stop dying,” said Godfrey Kisiga, whose mother Sylvia Nalubowa died in childbirth in 2009.
Kisiga, 25, said his mother died after medical workers asked for bribes and then refused to treat her.
“My mother would not have died if the nurses had attended her and if the clinic had had more money,” Kisiga said.