25 Nov 2016

Road accidents, HIV/Aids and maternal and newborn-related diseases top the list of causes for premature deaths among people in eastern Uganda, before reaching the country life expectancy of 63 years.

An analysis of causes of death in 2014 done by the Makerere University Centre for Health and Population Research (MUCHAP) in the Iganga Mayuge Health and Demographic Surveillance site (IMHDSS), shows that traffic road accidents and HIV/Aids contribute 19 and 16.5 per cent of the years of life lost (YLL) due to premature death respectively, among people in the active age bracket of 29 and 49.

Speaking during the recently ended 2016 INDEPTH AGM in Kampala, Dr Dan Kajungu, the Iganga Mayuge Centre Leader said the statistics were drawn from continuous analyses conducted within IMHDSS between the year 2008 and 2014.