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Feb
13

The Hidden Costs of a $1 Delivery: How affordable care around delivery is not always so affordable

By Susie Gurzenda| In recent years, Uganda has implemented policies in line with Sustainable Development Goal 3.8.1:  improving coverage of essential maternal and neonatal health services without imposing untenable costs on families.  Some tangible interventions to implement such policies include: Dispensing Maama kits: These kits contain all supplies necessary for routine clean and safe deliveries, […]

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Jan
17

Ugandan district hospital embraces maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response

By Susie Gurzenda | Uganda has had a maternal death review for over a decade, however it had not been an effective mechanism for identifying and addressing gaps in care that lead to deaths. According to health care professionals I spoke with, at the worst the maternal dearth review was used just in the maternity […]

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Dec
12

Early Childhood Development; beyond just child survival!

By Lydia Kabwijamu Often in passing we mention the need to see all children survive and thrive but less often do we ponder on the holistic development of the child. Likewise, oftentimes when we hear about Early Childhood Development (ECD) our minds run to early child education; interesting! To bring it further home, how often […]

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Give the child a best start in life by offering early stimulation and age appropriate play

By Julius Ssensamba To set the ball rolling, Early Childhood is the period from prenatal to age eight. It captures the full continuum of pregnancy to 8 years and it is the most rapid period of development in human life. Whereas Care is what the child requires to survive and thrive- basic needs for protection, […]

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Nov
29

Addressing social determinants of health key to tackling the burden of preterm births

By Kakaire Ayub Kirunda | World Prematurity Day is commemorated on November 17 every year. During this very week, the Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi) holds its annual symposium either in San Francisco, California in the United States or East Africa. This year the symposium was held in San Francisco and I was among the participants […]

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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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