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Jun
01

What I learnt about MNH service delivery in a rural Ugandan district before COVID-19 cut short my journey

BY BEN WENDEL | In March 2020, I got the chance to work with Prof. Waiswa and Dr. Kizito on the Centre of Excellence for Maternal Newborn and Child Health’s COMONETH project. It was incepted in 2017 and is based in Eastern Uganda’s Luuka district. Luuka district is one of 112 districts located in the […]

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May
05

Coping with provision of maternal, newborn health care during COVID-19 lockdown in rural Uganda

By Dr Felix Kizito | All mothers and babies’ lives matter even in the toughest of the situations, as medical workers we ought to save lives and support bring life to earth. I have had the privilege to work on projects saving mothers and their newborn babies over time. Serving on the Community in which […]

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Apr
16

COVID-19 should not relegate sexual and reproductive health needs

By Olivia Nakisita | When people are faced with emergency situations their sexual and reproductive health needs do not disappear. As the rest are fighting COVID 19 and measures being put up like quarantine, we need to have urgent coordination for reproductive health. People have a right to information and service. People have a right […]

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Apr
02

Reflections from the 9th International Conference on birth defects and disabilities in the developing world -2020

By Nathan Isabirye | Every year health care professionals come together as friends to learn, and to share experiences all over the world in an effort that started a decade ago when the Sixty-third World Health Assembly passed a resolution on Birth Defects in 2010 [WHA63.17 Agenda item 11.7). This time round, the 9th International Conference […]

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Mar
05

Socioeconomic factors hindering WHO antenatal care guidelines; lessons from a rural community

By Darious Kajjo | Implementing the new World Health Organization antenatal care guidelines especially the 8 visits up from the initial 4  visits and introduction of early obstetric ultrasound scan ( at 20-22weeks of gestation) could be a challenge in rural areas due to socio, economic and geographical inequality reasons. A qualitative survey conducted in […]

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Feb
29

How a WhatsApp group is aiding maternal and newborn care in Uganda’s Busoga sub region

By Rogers Mandu | The importance of building professional networks cannot be over emphasized. As we make connections along the way we need to think of how to maintain these relationships which could come in handy in times of need. Writing on the subject and quoting Francesca Gino who is a professor at Harvard Business […]

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Feb
21

You have a role in controlling cervical cancer

By Dr Duku Fred | I have severally seen   families battle with heavy costs treating cancer and not to talk about the immense stress that goes with it when the word advanced cancer comes from the messenger of doom-the health worker. This usually means obvious death starring at the victim and future burial costs to […]

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Feb
05

As expectant mothers stare at preventable death, here is some advice going forward

By Dr Duku Fred | The commonest cause of maternal deaths in developing countries including Uganda is bleeding especially after delivery which accounts for more than 40% of maternal deaths. By statistics, about 17 mothers die of pregnancy related complications in Uganda daily. In addition to patient related factors, labor management skills of health workers […]

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Jan
24

Analyzing the social determinants of maternal health in the rural Uganda district of Luuka

By Janella Sorin Kang | I am working as an intern with the Makerere University’s COMONETH project that ultimately works towards reducing neonatal and maternal deaths in Luuka District of Eastern Uganda. COMONETH aims to design and implement a community owned but facility-linked district-wide intervention that promotes high coverage with preventive care and improves quality […]

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Nov
23

Can Uganda save her preterm babies by providing the right care at the right time in the right places?

By Kakaire Ayub Kirunda | World Prematurity Day is commemorated on November 17 every year to raise awareness of the challenges and burden of preterm birth globally. According to the World Health Organisation, preterm births occur when mothers deliver before the completion of 37 weeks of pregnancy; 15 million babies are born prematurely every year; […]

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