Kampala Capital City Authority and Makerere University School of Public Health have come together to develop a new city maternal new-born health project aimed at improving maternal and new-born outcomes in slum areas.
The project which will be funded by the United States Agency for International Development will run for three years.
According to Professor Peter Waiswa who will be a principle investigator for the City Maternal new-born health project, they aim at generating evidence learning on effective approaches for improving maternal new-born health for the urban poor.
“Once we get the best approach for improving maternal new-born health for the urban poor we shall scale it up in other urban settings with in Uganda” he said.
While addressing journalists at Makerere University on Monday, Waiswa revealed that the Maternal new-born health project is composed of three core functions; implementation, evaluation and learning.
“The project will be implemented in the slum communities and informal settlement in the divisions of Rubaga and Makindye in Kampala city,” he said.
“It will initiate and test innovative interventions and approaches to address the demand and supply side barriers affecting illness recognition, care seeking, effective referral and provision of quality care equitable for better maternal new-born health outcomes in urban slum settings in Kampala.”
Other principle investigators of the project are Dr Dorothy Balaba, Dr Okello Daniel and Dr Lisa Hirschhorn.