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.
Jan 6, 2014

A Year in Review: Maternal and Neonatal Health in Uganda

ONP Health Talk
ONP Health Talk

One year ago, we launched the Omukazi Namagara ('The Woman is Life') Program (ONP), a dynamic maternal and neonatal health initiative in our partner communities, Kashongi and Kitura, Uganda. Building on our previous Safe Motherhood Initiative, in the ONP we have collaborated with our government counterparts on the following efforts:

(1) Improvements to service provision at the government health centers in Kashongi and Kitura by bolstering staffing, medications, and supplies to serve pregnant women and new mothers
(2) An education campaign on reproductive and child health
(3) Follow-up home visits by a team of PHP-trained community health workers during and after the pregnancy

During the course of this past year, we have seen the demand for health services at these health centers increase dramatically. Preliminary data collection from one of our partner communities shows that prenatal care visits have more than doubled, and that the local health center has experienced a nearly 60% increase in monthly deliveries.  This means fewer home deliveries, giving both mothers and newborns a better chance at a healthy pregnancy and a healthy life.

Your support and generosity have been invaluable in this progress, and we hope to continue our partnership with you. For this new year, we have begun planning our next project: Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Lives: A Campaign for Maternal and Neonatal Health. From the substantial results we've seen in our provision of antenatal health in the past few years, we would like to extend the same quality of service to the postnatal period for the new mother and her newborn. This will include things like immunizations and family planning counseling. For one mother, our entire spectrum of prenatal, intranatal, and postnatal services costs just $20. Thus, with just $5,000, we can serve an additional 250 mothers and their newborn children. We invite you to make a charitable donation of any size as a meaningful gift this new yearPlease help us reach our goal!

Finally, please take a look at our new documentary hereLearn more about the communities and the issues we're committed to through this short but powerful video about our work with the communities of Kashongi and Kitura.

Thank you once again for your support, and we wish you the best in 2014!

Progressive Health Partnership

Watch the PHP Documentary (below in Links section)
Watch the PHP Documentary (below in Links section)

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Oct 7, 2013

Update on ONP and Michelle Goodwin's Visit

Village meeting with Michelle and Jordan
Village meeting with Michelle and Jordan

Happy October, everyone!

We're glad to report that the Omukazi Namagara Program (ONP) is running smoothly! Our team has been active in making sure the service delivery and program logistics have been going well, and are continuously working to support the health centers and train and work with the village health team (VHT) members. Two of our staff members, Joram and Diana, are becoming increasingly skilled in their enumeration work, and Alex is also making significant strides in handling the IT end of this project. Additionally, we've also gotten a new health-in-charge (HIC) who's amazing and genuinely dedicated to this work. 

This past summer, Michelle Goodwin, the Chairwoman of PHP's Board of Advisors, was able to make an on-the-ground visit to our project site in Uganda. She was able to meet with our Village Health Team members and subcounty and district officials, and we were able to have some productive discussions and build stronger connections with local leaders!

Michelle
Michelle's visit to Uganda!
Jul 8, 2013

PHP opens Uganda office!

Data Manager Alex hard at work.
Data Manager Alex hard at work.

Dear Partners,

We're writing today to share some exciting news!

For the last few years, PHP has been operating the Omukazi Namarara Program and other activities out of the offices of one of our partner organizations. But we're happy to report that we finally have a home of our own. In April 2013, we opened an office in Mbarara, Uganda to support our Ugandan operations. It houses the local members of our team, as well as provides space for meetings, planning sessions, and educational and community outreach.

As our community grows, we're proud and excited to be entering into a new phase of our organization's development. PHP originally started over five years ago in a dorm room at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. As we move into our new Uganda country office thousands of miles away, we still dream as big as we did five years ago. We envision a world in which all people live with dignity, enjoy good health, and fulfill their potential. Our work won't stop until we reach this goal.

Thanks for being our partner in this endeavor. We look forward to working with you for many, many years to come!

Director of Programs Jordan charts our progress.
Director of Programs Jordan charts our progress.

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