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December 2017

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

By | 2017-12-13T09:36:56+00:00 December 13th, 2017|East Africa, Fistula, hospitals, maternal health, Uganda|

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, [...]

What do curtains have to do with maternal health?

By | 2017-12-08T13:53:39+00:00 December 8th, 2017|East Africa, GHC Fellows, hospitals, maternal health, midwives, Mother Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, Uganda|

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 [...]

November 2017

Blood

By | 2017-11-27T09:50:08+00:00 November 27th, 2017|East Africa, hospitals, maternal health, Mother Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, Uganda|

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 [...]

Major grant for Save the Mothers announced

By | 2017-11-22T11:37:36+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|clinical mentorship, East Africa, hospitals, midwives, Mother Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, News|

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, [...]

Cultivating leaders for development and aid

By | 2017-11-13T11:38:40+00:00 November 13th, 2017|East Africa, leadership, Master of Public Health Leadership|

Jess Huston (pictured above in the striped shirt at her "Farewell" party with colleagues from Save the Mothers) worked as a program intern with Save the Mothers in Uganda during the 2016/17 academic year. In this blog post, she reflects on the value of cultivating and equipping leaders as a means of doing development and [...]

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

By | 2017-11-06T09:10:06+00:00 November 6th, 2017|East Africa, hospitals, Mother Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, News, Uganda|

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 [...]

October 2017

Meet Save the Mothers’ student, Janet Apio

By | 2017-10-30T15:15:09+00:00 October 30th, 2017|East Africa, hospitals, Master of Public Health Leadership, Student profile, Uganda|

Janet Apio is in her second year of studies in the Master of Public Health Leadership program. While working as a nursing assistant, she completed an undergraduate degree in Environmental Management and now works as an Environmental Officer in her rural community. STM: Janet, tell us why you decided to enroll in the Save the [...]

Graduate – and game changer – Moses Kyangwa

By | 2017-10-13T10:27:52+00:00 October 13th, 2017|East Africa, Master of Public Health Leadership, maternal health, maternal mortality, Profile, Student profile|

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 [...]

September 2017

Extending a Line for Safe Motherhood

By | 2017-09-29T10:48:39+00:00 September 29th, 2017|East Africa, hospitals, maternal health, midwives, Mother Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, Uganda|

Imagine not being able to call 911 in an emergency. Most of us rarely (if ever) use the 911 service that is widely available in North America, but we find comfort knowing that it is an option. When we are scared or in crisis, we can call someone who will know what to do, who [...]

A Dose of Inspiration

By | 2017-09-12T06:17:46+00:00 September 11th, 2017|East Africa, hospitals, maternal health, Uganda, Uncategorized|

Last week, Save the Mothers’ new batch of first-year international students made a visit to Uganda’s large national referral hospital for a small dose of the reality of the Ugandan health care system. Program Intern Marissa Ware went along, and blogs about the experience below. The bus pulled up to the gates of the hospital [...]