Mama & Family Project
AT A GLANCE
Project began: 2014
Location: Mayuge District in Southeastern Uganda
Aim: To improve maternal and newborn health by providing support to women and infants during pregnancy and after childbirth
Improving maternal and newborn health
Delay in seeking health care is the single largest reason of newborn deaths in our Project area. Our CHWs are trained to conduct home visits to pregnant women and women who have recently given birth. The women are provided with information on birth preparedness, safe childbirth, and newborn care. To date, our CHWs have made over 2,200 home visits to women in local villages. After an infant’s birth, the CHW continues to make visits to ensure the safety of both mother and child.
With the help of local community health workers, we are able to conduct home visits to all pregnant women in our project area. During a home visit, the community health worker offers the mother information on birth preparedness, the importance of attending antenatal care and giving birth in a health facility. After birth, the community health worker equips the mother with information on her reproductive rights, family planning and newborn care. In addition to training and supporting the community health workers, we work closely with the local leaders and health care staff in the area and organise community dialogues in project villages. The dialogues allow us to provide information about pregnancy care, newborn health and family planning to all community members, including men and adolescent girls.
Birth kits – Reducing infections and increasing antenatal attendance
The Maina Clinic Midwife – Maternal support from conception to post-delivery
In 2018, SOGH was able to sponsor and provide a new fundamental figure for the Mama & Family Project: a Midwife. Fancy Mawogole is committed professional and highly trained midwife who provides the best quality care and support for mothers and families throughout their antenatal, intrapartum and post-partum periods. Her previous experience was at the maternity ward at Iganga Hospital that, Fancy said, taught her the importance of acting quickly and calmly. Fancy has a positive and friendly disposition which means she gets along with all different types of people. Her character make the communication with patients easy and help to build trust, a key factor in health care and midwifery. To know more about Miss Fancy and her work, check out our Girls’ Globe Blog “What it’s like to be Fancy: Midwifery in Uganda”
We at SOGH are passionate about data and evidence. We conduct yearly evaluations and monitor the project continuously in order to improve all aspects of our programming.