Innovative Leadership for
Maternal and Child Health
Our students who work in faith communities have many opportunities to share with churches and religious leadership about their important role in safe motherhood and to encourage audiences to consider their responsibility in saving the lives of mothers.
Susan Anago received a BA in environmental management before earning the Master of Public Health Leadership. Susan brings her experiences as the Sponsor Donor Relations Officer for Compassion International in Central Uganda to STM.
Bright Asiimwe is an accountant for the Christian Children’s Fund and Monitoring Evaluation.
Joan Mugenzi is a journalist and works as the regional director for HIV/AIDS at World Vision. After completing her STM training, Joan has helped create a more accurate method for evaluating maternal and child health at her work. At World Vision, she is making safe motherhood a priority in the HIV/AIDS department. The two issues (HIV/AIDS and safe motherhood) are intricately linked!
She also worked as a consultant at the Makerere University to train journalists from East Africa to increase coverage of safe motherhood issues. Joan wrote a compelling article about safe motherhood in Uganda’s leading daily newspaper, The New Vision.
Rev. Susan Olwa is a registered minister with the Church of Uganda. She is challenging the church on the vital role of men in promoting the health of mothers and has helped introduce a curriculum to promote safe motherhood for leaders within the local church. These leaders are then sent back into their community to share the important messages.
Christine N. Akola is the project coordinator for Christian Children’s Fund. She is using her STM training to teach youth about reproductive health. She is also using her leadership training in the workplace.
Joan Kabayambi is a program coordinator for the Lutheran World. During her STM training, she counseled women with obstetric fistula to help them cope and reintegrate in their communities.
Stephen Kalyebara is a reverend and social worker. He has been promoting family planning, antenatal care and adolescent reproductive rights through educational messages on the radio in the very remote region (Fort Portal) of Western Uganda where he works. He has also sharing the importance of safe motherhood to parishes so they can promote safe motherhood messages in Sunday morning church services.
Hardson K. Tibenhenda is a program officer for Christian Children’s Fund. He worked with his local government to post a midwife at their rural health clinic. This has increased the number of mothers who can now deliver with the support of a skilled attendant at the clinic.
Martha Nambuyuga is the program manager for HIV, T.B. and Malaria at the Church of Uganda. She has been educating men and women who attend churches across Uganda about family planning, HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence. She also coordinated the distribution of mosquito nets to pregnant mothers and mothers with children under 5 years old to help control malaria infection.
Clarissa A. Tumwine is an Administrative Assistant for the International Christian Medical Institute at Uganda Christian University. She has been engaged in discussions with women about safe motherhood, including family planning, newborn care and unsafe abortions.
Joseph Bahemuka works with World Vision as a Regional Project Manager. His research focused on the factors that affect male involvement in maternal health. Since graduating from STM, Joseph has been including safe motherhood messages in HIV/AIDS programs. He has been engaged in many public health related activities like raising awareness of HIV/AIDS, malaria prevention in pregnant mothers, water and sanitation and family planning services.
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