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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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; […]
By Dr Peter Waiswa | The recently concluded 11th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health shone a light on state-of-the-art updates, developments, and breakthroughs in the field of tropical medicine and global health. I am a co-investigator on the USAID funded Kampala Maternal Newborn HealthProject (MaNe) in Uganda, a three-year (2019-2021) USAID-funded implementation research project aimed […]
Olga Miltcheva | “I used to believe that I understood the reality behind the staggering annual global death toll of 2.8 million pregnant women and newborns. The truth is, I only really understood what they had experienced during the birth of my own baby, when I faced my own vulnerability.” Read more.