Progressive Health Partnership

Progressive Heath Partnership fights with all its power to eliminate the burden of disease on the global poor and to eradicate the inexcusable inequalities that divide our world. We listen closely to the poor, we learn from them, and we join together with them in common cause to build real solutions to the problems they face.
Jul 7, 2015

Summer Updates from Uganda!

PHP-Uganda does some team-building! (with Jasmine)
PHP-Uganda does some team-building! (with Jasmine)

Happy Fourth of July! I hope everyone is having a relaxing long weekend, spending time with friends and family, and staying out of the summer heat! 

Our team (both in the US and Uganda) truly appreciates the support you've given us, and we wanted to give you some updates about some exciting new developments.

Uganda Heroes Day

National Heroes Day is celebrated annually in Uganda to commemorate those individuals that provide service to the country in both the public and private sectors. This year, the celebration was held on June 9th. PHP staff members commemorated the day by participating in team-building activities! See the great action photo above.

Investment for Equity

We are always looking for innovative ways to fund our programs and to provide continued support to our partner communities. To this end, we have been working for about a year on a concept paper called "Investment for Equity." I'm happy to report that it was recently completed, and we believe it presents an innovative idea which has the potential not only to drive the organization's development but also to make a lasting impact on the humanitarian sector as a whole. We will be rolling out more details in the coming weeks, but we wanted to let you know in advance because we're SO excited! Stay tuned!

Interns Arrive in Uganda!

There are some new faces on the ground in Uganda! Jasmine Kipke and Christine Convery (seen in the photos with PHP staff members and Village Health Team members) are students at the University of Michigan who will be interning with us this summer. They arrived in Uganda in late May and hit the ground running. Jasmine and Christine bring tremendous work ethic and perspective -- as well as energy and enthusiasm -- to the PHP-Uganda office, and we're delighted to be working with them this summer!

That's it for now. Enjoy your long weekend!

Be well,
Eddie

Christine and Village Health Team members
Christine and Village Health Team members
Nov 20, 2014

Continued Utilization of PHP Services in Uganda!

Dear supporters,

From our most recent update from Uganda, we’ve continued to see strong utilization of our antenatal services even two years after we first started our Omugazi Namagara Project (ONP). In Kaghongi, we saw 216 women attend their first antenatal visit (ANC), and 171 attend their fourth one, demonstrating that more and more individuals are understanding the importance of health care follow-up throughout the length of their pregnancy. At Kashongi health center, there were 99 deliveries during this time period.

In Kashongi, we’ve seen 155 women attend their first ANC, and 121 attend all four of their ANCs. Additionally, we saw 80 deliveries at Kashongi during this time period. We are excited that we are continuing to see the amount of momentum and support we first saw when we started the ONP, and strive to improve upon our already sustainable impact in this community! Thank you all again for the support and we look forward to updating you again on our projects!

Alex

Aug 20, 2014

Summer Update from Uganda!

Team-Building Activities for Our Team in Uganda!
Team-Building Activities for Our Team in Uganda!

We at PHP hope you have all been having a great summer! Two years ago, we started the ONP in Kashongi and Kitura health centers in southwestern Uganda to create sustainable change in maternal and neonatal health practices in rural villages. One of the metrics we have been looking at is the number of deliveries at health centers. In the rural setting, delivering at a health center with trained midwives is crucial in ensuring a safe environment for birth. In the year before we started the ONP, there was an average of 19.2 deliveries per month at the Kashongi health center. This year from January to April, we saw that average rise up to 34.3 deliveries per month. We also see a similar trend in Kitura. From January 2013 to April 2013, we saw an average of 16.0 deliveries per month; one year later, this average is now 26.8 deliveries per month! We are very pleased to see that even one and a half years after the beginning of the ONP, we are still seeing more and more pregnant women choosing to deliver at the health center.

Secondly, we wanted to update you on a project we have been working on this summer. During June and July 2014, we carried out focus groups and surveys to assess the potential of implementing a pregnancy testing initiative in Kashongi and Kitura. This study was motivated by the premise that pregnancy testing may be a particularly promising intervention due to both its low cost and its ability to provide women more certainty about their pregnancy status. From what we have seen, reception towards the expansion of home-based pregnancy testing was extremely positive. We look forward to updating you on the progress of this project!

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