Safe Motherhood Programme

Thabbishah, who runs the clinic, has now started nine outreach clinics based on safe motherhood. Each clinic serves two small village communities in the area around Kimaluli-Butta.

At the start, Thabbishah set out to visit four clinics each month with a small team of helpers. It frequently rains heavily in Uganda, so umbrellas and wellies are often necessary! They carry educational equipment in the form of a small generator, TV and video player (all on the back of motorbikess!) and show films which have a strong educational message.

Recent topics have included basic hygiene, ante-natal care, care of babies, nutritional education and malaria. Malaria is prevalent in the area, causing a lot of sickness, even death, among the smallest children. Provision and education in the use of mosquito nets is a simple and effective heath promotion activity. Thabbishah also holds immunisation sessions on these visits to try and reach the children who cannot reach the main clinic in Kimaluli-Butta.

We recognised that this essential service needed regular resources to provide transport, materials, drugs and staff. This was a problem for us since our income is irregular. We were grateful to the Burdett Trust for Nursing for making a grant to KRDP in 2013 that would allow the programme to expand to eight clinics per month and continue for 5 years.

The outreach was originally aimed mainly at mothers and children. However the programme now meets a wide range of health needs within all sections of the community. Typically there are well over 1000 patients per month attending the eight clinics.

 

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