We started a Safe Motherhood Programme in partnership with the Rural Health Care Foundation Uganda (RHCF) in January 2015. Dickson of RHCF recruited 20 women from different villages and trained them as Mama Ambassadors.
Mugisha, one of the first babies born on our Safe Motherhood Programme in 2015, with his baby sister Janet – who was born on the programme in 2019.
The Mama Ambassadors educate expectant mothers in safe birthing practises and encourage them to go to the maternity clinic in Madudu to have their babies. At the clinic, they will have access to trained medical personnel. The clinic does not have even basic resources though so each mother is also provided with a Mama Kit
containing: a plastic sheet, surgical gloves, cotton wool, blades for cutting the chord, a water sterilisation tablet and a record card for the baby. The mother needs these, as if she arrived at the clinic to deliver her baby without the Mama Kit, she would be turned away. We also give each mother a mosquito net and a cotton wrap for the baby. Our Mama Ambassadors continue to support the new mothers with visits until the babies are 6 months old, encouraging them to take the babies for their vaccinations.
To date, 1400 pregnant women have been helped. The programme has been very successful in terms of both Maternal and Infant mortality rates.
In 2020, another 300 expectant mothers will be helped.
Our Mama Ambassador Robinah with baby Solomon. His mum Collette and dad John are in the background.
In 2018, we added a new dimension to the programme – education workshops. We bring volunteers for a specialised 2 week placement to provide workshops on nutrition and all aspects of pregnancy to the mothers on our programme. The volunteers work hand in hand with Joyce from the RHCF and our Mama Ambassadors. The workshops not only provide information but also create a safe place for the mothers to ask questions and discuss issues they may not have anyone else to talk to about.