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Sep
27

Neonatal Monitoring: Empowering Mothers to Identify Danger Signs

Blog by Christine Diaz, Dillon Dou, Ailon Haileyesus, Ben Ostrander & Katie Solley We developed NeMo, a neonatal monitoring system, to empower mothers to assess the health of their newborns during the first week of life. This is essential because child mortality is highest in the first week of life, and VHTs often cannot identify […]

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Sep
15

When numbers mislead: Making sense of increasing maternal and newborn deaths within Uganda’s complex referral system

“Figures often beguile me,” wrote the American author Mark Twain in 1906, “particularly when I have the arranging of them myself…There are three kinds of falsehood: fibs, lies, and statistics”. Apparently the latter [statistics] is the most aggravated. That numbers devoid of context are meaningless should be BIG news in the world of science which […]

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Sep
05

How to teach your child to care for teeth the proper way

According to a study, 40% of children in Uganda have dental caries or cavities. While the country has 200 dentists, 300 dental officers, and 300 public health dental officers, the number of health practitioners is insufficient to curb the rising dental problems among the youth. This is why it is imperative that parents should do their best to encourage […]

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Aug
16

Prioritize investment in child health to guarantee future human capital

This week from the 16th to 18th August, 2017, Makerere University School of Public Health, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, are hosting a symposium on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) under the theme “Health Financing for Universal Health Coverage: More money for health AND more health for the money”. This symposium is coming at […]

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Jul
21

Of Uganda’s knotty oxygen therapy infrastructure: Let’s fix our mess

Sometime in June this year, I found myself visiting -on the same day- four major hospitals in East Central Uganda or call it Busoga Sub-region. As I went about my work, I noticed two similar developments at two of the four hospitals. They were referring an unusual number of patients – a good number of […]

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Jan
17

Fighting newborn deaths should focus beyond facility deliveries

For over a decade now, a number of key efforts have been made in Uganda in an attempt to reduce the number of newborn deaths from 27/1000 live birth in 2011  to 23 per 1,000 live birth in 2015. The 2030 global target for the Sustainable Development Goals stands at 12/1000 lives births. The latest […]

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Dec
13

Long acting reversible modern contraceptives should be emphasised for refugees

Several studies have highlighted the low use of modern family planning methods by refugee populations. This can be explained by the fact that in refugee settings people are at a higher risk of various health challenges that include inadequate vaccines, nutritional deficiencies, infectious diseases, psychosocial problems and reproductive health. With these conflicting challenges, there is […]

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Nov
22

In a Rearview Mirror: The HSR2016 in Vancouver Canada

*Blog by Prof. Freddie Ssengooba, the Chair of the HPPM Department at Makerere University School of Public Health It came and is now gone. Last week it happened on the west-most coast of Canada – eleven hours of time zone difference from my home in Uganda. The HRS2016 symposium in Vancouver galvanized efforts of researchers […]

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