Year: 2017

A “camp” unlike any other: The Kamuli Fistula Camp

Women wait for fistula surgery at the Kamuli Mission Hospital in Uganda.    Earlier this month, I visited a “Fistula Camp” run at Kamuli Mission Hospital with support from the Ugandan Ministry of Health, Fistula Care Plus project, USAID, and EngenderHealth. One of Save the Mothers’ staff—surgeon Dr. Justus Barageine—was providing care to patients there, …

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Women wait for fistula surgery

What do curtains have to do with maternal health?

The labour and delivery ward at Mityana Hospital now ensures patient privacy, thanks to curtains donated by Save the Mothers. The curtains were presented and installed by Global Health Corps Fellows Meredith Hutchins and Ivan Mwase. What do curtains have to do with maternal health?  It’s a fair question to ask. When women are dying …

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Curtains in the labour and delivery ward at Mityana Hospital

Blood

Whether you feel squeamish, anxious, curious, or any other of the multitude of emotions felt towards the substance, everyone has a reaction to it, and everyone has it: blood. In North America, we often take for granted that when we need blood, it will be there. We are called to donate, told ‘it’s in you …

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a unit of blood on an IV pole

Major grant for Save the Mothers announced

The Canadian philanthropic organization, Stronger Together, announced a number of new grants this week, including a sizable one for the work of Save the Mothers (STM). Stronger Together announced their intention to invest $81,400 in a pilot Midwifery Mentorship model in Uganda. East African midwives work long hours caring for mothers and newborns under conditions of poor wages, …

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Stronger Together logo

Uganda’s 1st Presidential Dialogue on Quality of Health Services

Last month, Global Health Corps fellow Meredith Hutchins and intern Marissa Ware represented Save the Mothers at the 1st National Presidential Dialogue on Quality of Health Services in Uganda. The conference was intended to serve as an interdisciplinary dialogue to discuss the challenges in providing equitable health care. It featured a series of panel discussions …

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Graduate – and game changer – Moses Kyangwa

Moses Kyangwa is a public health scientist from Uganda’s Busoga region. He graduated from Save the Mothers’ Master of Public Health Leadership program in October, 2015. Today, at 30 years of age, he remains enthusiastic about promoting maternal health and the overall well-being of women and children—particularly in rural Uganda where so many die of …

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The importance of clinical mentorship

Clinical mentorship is one of the ways that Save the Mothers provides support to our Mother Baby Friendly Hospitals. A senior paediatrician at Uganda’s Mulago National Referral Hospital, Dr. Flavia Namiiro (pictured above) is the facilitator behind the Save The Mothers Buikwe Perinatal Clinical Mentorship program. Summer intern Ananya Parasor interviewed Dr. Flavia about the importance of such …

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Dr. Flavia teaches
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