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Jan
18

Verbal and Social Autopsies: Implications on the future of maternal and newborn health in Uganda’s Luuka District

By Elizabeth Hentschel I am currently interning at the Community in Which Mothers and Newborns Thrive (COMONETH) through Makerere’s Centre for Excellence in Maternal Newborn and Child Health. The COMONETH Project is based in the rural district of Luuka and is composed of three main components- the facility, community, and monitoring and evaluation components. Based […]

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Jan
08

Kyogero and newborn care in Central Uganda: friend or foe?

By David Mukunya | Kyogero is a popular herbal mixture commonly used in central Uganda used to bath newborns. It is composed of various herbs that are believed to; smoothen the baby’s skin, give blessings to the newborn, immunize the baby against both physical and spiritual diseases, and to improve the child’s intellect. It is […]

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Dec
21

Makerere urged to contribute to community health extension workers strategy formulation

Researchers at Makerere University School of Public Health have been urged to inform with evidence the ongoing policy formulation of the community health extensions workers’ strategy. The call came from the Commissioner for Planning at Uganda’s Health ministry Dr Sarah Byakika (right) at the dissemination of findings from a two-year pilot study that explored the […]

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Dec
21

Community scorecards bring issues of women with disabilities to the agenda in rural Ugandan district

Kakaire Ayub Kirunda | They struggle to be accepted by both their families and the community. They have challenges getting transport to health facilities. And even when they get to health facilities, they face infrastructural challenges ranging from unfriendly seats, beds to washrooms. We are talking about women with walking disabilities (WWD) in the eastern […]

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Dec
13

Transforming care for every newborn key to health for all global target-new report

The world will not achieve the global target to achieve health for all unless it transforms care for every newborn, according a new report by a global coalition of partners led by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation. Released this morning at the 2018 PMNCH Partners’ Forum, the report Survive and Thrive: Transforming care for […]

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Nov
30

Makerere University joins KCCA, PSI in new Kampala City maternal-newborn health project

Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) is joining hands with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and Population Services International (PSI) in a three-year implementation science project aimed at improving maternal and newborn outcomes in slum areas. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Maternal and New-born Health (MaNe) Kampala Slum […]

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Nov
23

Uganda marks prematurity day with opening of neonatal care unit at Arua regional hospital

A procession around the North western Uganda town of Arua comprising of district officials, health workers, students, Health ministry officials and representatives from national and international development partners ushered in national celebrations to commemorate the 2018 World Prematurity Day on November 17. At the head of the parade was the Minister of State for Primary […]

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Nov
27

Midwives undergo training in basic obstetric ultrasound skills

Midwife Justine Mbasalizaki of Iganga General Hospital recounts a recent incident that saw a pregnant woman who we shall simply call Mrs X almost lose her life in a situation that claimed the life of her baby. According to Ms Mbasalizaki, this mother of five who had been referred from a Health Centre IV in […]

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Nov
27

Hospital networking, integration of maternal with newborn care boost survival of preterm babies

By Kakaire Ayub Kirunda | AS we commemorated yet another World Prematurity Day on November 17th 620 babies were born prematurely (before 37 completed weeks of gestation) in Uganda by the end of the day. With this happening every single day, up to 226,300 preterm births are registered annually in the country. Globally, preterm birth […]

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Nov
09

My reflections on the COMONETH Project’s influence on safe family care practices in rural Uganda

By Cephas Mugerwa | I have recently completed a ten-weeks field study internship with Community in which Mothers and Newborns thrive (COMONETH). The project operates in rural Luuka District, about 150kms from Kampala, in Eastern Uganda. When I reported for my field study, COMONETH was about to start its Village Health Teams (VHTs) training sessions. […]

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