Red Cross Promotes Safe Delivery Among Pregnant Mothers In Northern Uganda

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This has however improved, thanks to sensitization by Uganda Red Cross (URCS) and other partners. Through its safe motherhood project, URCS has been utilizing the skills of 80 trained village health teams to sensitise communities about the need for expectant women to give birth in health centres, accessing antenatal and prevention of mother to child transmission.

During a URCS visit at Kaladima Health Centre, the team found Richard Ouma and Molly Adong visiting the centre and being attended to by Aryemo. ARyemo says, “Men fear to be tested for HIV. This is one of the service provided at the health facility. Also with polygamous families, the man would want to move with all his women. So if he comes with one wife, what will the other think?”

The project has so far seen 10, 000 expectant mothers in the districts of Kitgum and Amuru receive mama bags kits from URCS to improve safe delivery in health facilities.


The program manager Reproductive Health Alex Onzima said nine health units were also provided with basic delivery equipment. These are Kaladima HC III, Amuru HC III, Pabbo HC III, Bibia HC III in Amuru; Mucwini HC III, Kitgum Matidi HC III, Omiyanyima HC III, Namkora HC III, Orom HC III.

“As such, delivery from health centres improved from 3,008 in 2010 to 4,900 in 2012, up by 38% in Kitgum and Amuru districts,” he explains. The initial project kicked off from 2010-2012. The project has since been extended to run until 2015, thanks to the Japanese Red Cross that are funding it.

The project also contributed to 51% increase in antenatal care attendance in Kitgum and Amuru health facilities from 7,787 in 2010 to 16,092 in 2012 in the two districts. To facilitate referral of expectant mothers, 26 bicycle ambulances were distributed to the nine health facilities to act as bicycle ambulances.

92 expectant mothers were referred to health centres for medical attention on bicycles. Through community dialogue sessions, members were sensitized on family planning, male involvement, importance of antenatal care attendance, importance of delivering in health facility, hygiene, nutrition and PMTCT.

Hygiene promotion was promoted in maternity wards through provision of basic delivery equipment and hygiene materials. The equipment distributed included needle holders, suction machines, forceps, infant weighing scales, adult weighing scales, blood pressure machines, stethoscopes, fetoscopes, detergents, gauze, gloves, cotton wool, gum boots, plastic aprons, rubber squeezers.

Flavia Aber, 19 years and a mother of five delivered her 1 year and 7 months baby from Lacor Health Centre III Pabbo. She attended antenatal care after a village health team approached. She was enrolled for the URCS safe motherhood project which gave her a mama bag kit.

Aber and most of the recipients of the kits are very grateful. Many still use the bag, the towel, the basin as the babies grow up. The health workers interviewed noted that the kit was an incentive to many women to attend antenatal and give birth from the health facility.

Government working with partners promotes delivery from a health facility to avoid complications but also reduce maternal mortality. Santa Abot, 45 a mother of 15 children include two sets of twins says she used to deliver from home with help of a birth attendant.

She narrated to the URCS team that delivering from a health facility is much safer than delivering at home. “When you come for antenatal, the midwife checks the position of the baby and advises accordingly. This can not be done by a traditional birth attendant,” Abot explained. She further revealed that for her recent delivery, the baby chocked and the midwife was able to resuscitate her (Layet), something a traditional birth attendant may not be able to do.

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