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Sep
21

My 2 cents on protecting pregnant teens from illegal transactional marriages

By Kakaire Ayub Kirunda | The sight of expectant teenagers in the Eastern Uganda district of Kibuku can easily help one make sense of the country’s challenge of teenage pregnancy currently standing at 25%. Statistics from the District Health Office show that 30% of girls between 15 and 19 years have begun child bearing. Seeing […]

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Sep
21

My reflections on a 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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Aug
02

Linking process data to outcome data; unexpected things I learned at Quality Improvement forum

By Paul Mubiri | During the most recent quality improvement (QI) learning session under the Preterm Birth Initiative study, several events took place. First, we saw four health facilities in this collaborative making presentations of their own process data and later link it to their outcome data. A number of health workers that presented articulately […]

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Aug
02

Team work key in implementation of Community Score Cards

By Christine Aanyu | If you watch soccer, you will agree with me that just like a football team working together to set up the perfect shot at goal, every team member has a specific role to play in accomplishing tasks on an initiative that requires joint effort. While it may look like one player […]

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Jul
12

The 3rd Delay: Prominent and fatal in maternal delivery services, pleas from the frontline

By Dr Suzanne Kiwanuka | Currently, thanks to the sustained campaign by government and development partners, more women deliver in facilities than ever before. However, without concerted efforts to ensure that facilities are well equipped to handle these increased numbers, more women will continue dying to give life. I recently visited a district in rural […]

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Jul
12

Continual monitoring and evaluation is critical in maternal and newborn health care

By Julia Le | My time in Uganda provided incredible opportunities to observe and learn about maternal and newborn health within the Busoga region. I spent time at two Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi) Uganda sites—Iganga General Hospital and Jinja Regional Referral Hospitals—reviewing cases in the records room and shadowing in the wards to identify successes […]

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Jun
14

My rude awakening to the plight of mothers and newborns in our hospitals

By Hilda Namakula | I find maternal and newborn health in Uganda having the greatest need for intervention but still neglected as the country has other priorities to focus on which one may consider “income generating ones”. The health of mothers and children is on a stretcher, figuratively speaking. This may be hard to comprehend […]

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Jun
05

Staffing, caseload and supplies challenges on newborn outcomes; experiences from a Ugandan district hospital

By Julia Le | Uganda has made great strides in improving maternal and neonatal outcomes, but there is still work to be done. Both the maternal and neonatal rates are higher than targets set out by the Sustainable Development Goals. The Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi) Study has been monumental in improving outcomes for mothers and […]

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