Maternal and Child Health

We are currently partnering with existent health facilities, where carefully selected vulnerable mothers receive maternal child health services for free. We facilitate midwives and health facilities to offer these services free to our enrolled mothers.

With a maternal mortality rate of 348 for every 100,000 live births, which translates into an estimated 8,000 mothers dying every year due to pregnancy related causes and this is the equivalent of three Boeing 737 planes crushing every single month. The appalling, teenage pregnancy rate of about 25% in Uganda also increases the chance of negative outcomes of labour such as obstruction.

In 2019, Jungle Medical Missions Uganda, initiated a two dimensional maternal child health program; “She’s a Hero” (Omukyala Muzira) which is purposed to support underprivileged mothers throughout antenatal, intra partum and postpartum care with the aim of reducing the Maternal Mortality rate in Uganda.

In 2019, Jungle Medical Missions Uganda, initiated a two dimensional maternal child health program; “She’s a Hero” (Omukyala Muzira) which is purposed to support underprivileged mothers throughout antenatal, intra partum and postpartum care with the aim of reducing the Maternal Mortality rate in Uganda.

Program Implementation

We achieve this through partnerships with health centres, where our mothers have easy access.

Mothers Receive:

  • Free Antenatal
  • Intra and Postpartum Care.
  • Free Mama Kit

The Mama Kit includes essential supplies (sterile gloves, gauze, cotton, plastic sheet, scissors, cord clamps, sutures, baby receiver sheets, and a pack of baby diapers) whose absence could lead to a delay to institute care once the mother is in labour and has arrived at a health facility or en-route.

As of today, 10 mothers have successfully completed our ‘‘She’s a Hero” program and we have 50 in our care. Secondly, we conduct reproductive health education for teenagers and adult women of childbearing age.

We also provide the full range of contraception services for these girls and women. Our trainings empower the girls/women and implore the boys/men to support their female counterparts accordingly.

We work with the local community leaders who help us to identify those in dire need. Our team conducts random home visits to assess the livelihood of potential beneficiaries.

Potential beneficiaries must be in the lowest household wealth quantile as stipulated by most recent national demographic and health survey. We pay special attention to victims of rape, defilement and domestic violence. Once recruited, we provide all the medical support throughout pregnancy and for the new born till 6 weeks when they receive the second immunization routine.

Secondly, we conduct reproductive health sensitization engagements with willing teenage girls and adult women of child bearing age in Kampala slums. We also provide the full range of contraception services for these girls and women.

As of today, 10 mothers have successfully completed our ‘‘She’s a Hero” program and we’re in the process of recruiting 26 more mothers for 2020/2021 activity year. We recorded one still birth which was attributed to a delay in deciding to seek care when the mother was in labour.

Her mother in law insisted that ancestral spirits did not agree to her delivering in hospital. Accordingly, she never notified the midwife at the onset of labour but rather stayed home in the care of her mother in law who is also a traditional birth attendant. Baby was dead by the time they got to a health facility.

Get Involved

  • Sponsor a mother and a midwife ($50)
  • Buy a Mama Kit for a young mother ($12)
  • Equip the She’s a Hero centre (labour suite and neonatal ICU)
  • Contribute to the construction of the maternity ward
  • Volunteer your time and skill