Additionally, another 81 babies die each day before reaching the first month according to UNICEF Data on Maternal and Newborn Health disparities in Uganda.
The month of October is the International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month in honor of babies who left too soon. This initiative is being spearheaded in Uganda by an NGO, Vessel is Me
Vessel is Me, is an NGO offering psychosocial support to women and couples who have faced pregnancy loss or neonatal death.
On Friday, October 15, it led Uganda to honor babies lost too soon and stood in solidarity with the parents.
They did this by lighting up the Jinja Nile Bridge in pink and blue. These colors represent the memorial all around the world.
Nearly 2.6 million babies around the world are stillborn every day or every 16 seconds.
‘’Even though so many of us have experienced pregnancy or infant loss, or know someone who has, it is a loss that exists in the shadows,’’ says Denise Kekimuri, the founder of Vessel is Me.
‘’As bereaved parents, we feel isolated and alone. But together, we can shine a light on pregnancy and infant loss, helping others to live a life full of hope and healing.’’
The organization hopes this year’s event, just like the previous one, will shine a light on the taboo topic. They also hope it will encourage conversations about the loss of a baby.
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