Meet a graduate: Jane Mulumba Nabunnya

Meet a graduate: Jane Mulumba Nabunnya

Jane, 47, is a journalist and policy analyst who graduated from Save the Mothers’ Master of Public Health Leadership (MPHL) program in February. Communications Intern Fortunate Kagumaho brings us this interview.


Fortunate: Why did you decide to take the Save the Mothers’ MPHL?

Jane: I wanted to be part of providing solutions to reduce maternal deaths in Uganda.

I had an interest and passion to improve the lives of women, so I did the MPHL to acquire specialised knowledge and skills to address maternal mortality. I also wanted to gain a better understanding of the issue, and learn how I might use my background in communication, policy analysis, and advocacy to address maternal health challenges. As a trained journalist and development communication specialist, I knew the importance of communication for health promotion.

Finally, I wanted to link my work in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) to maternal health. I had noticed an absence of concerted efforts to link WASH with maternal health beyond providing good quality water, sanitation and hygiene facilities and services. I saw the need for mothers to understand their roles and responsibilities in ensuring that WASH facilities and services are not only accessible and reliable, but well maintained and therefore sustainable. I also saw the need to promote and advocate for WASH facilities and services at all health centres, clinics and hospitals, especially in maternity units.

Fortunate: What do you hope to do with your Save the Mothers’ training?

Jane: I hope to publish my research findings—in their entirety and as articles and briefs. I’d also like to develop a blog on communication and maternal health, and become involved with organizations that promote maternal health through policy advocacy and implementation.

Fortunate: How do you plan to make a difference in your country and community?

Jane: At the national level, I’d like to advocate for more funds for maternal health and document and share innovations and best practices for improving maternal health. In my own community, I plan to encourage friends to join the Save the Mothers programme and volunteer my time and services at antenatal care clinics, to provide needed information to pregnant women.



About the Author:

Fortunate Kagumaho
Fortunate Kagumaho works with Save the Mothers in Uganda as communications intern. He has a Bachelors degree in Mass Communication and is pursuing a Masters degree in Child Development.

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