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!
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!
We are continuing to make headway with developing our next project, Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Lives: A Campaign for Maternal and Neonatal Health in an effort to better target the health needs of newborns and their families after birth. Although we have seen a drastic improvement in utilization of health services during the antenatal period, including delivery at health centers, we still believe that there is work to be done to ensure that the first few years of a child's life remains healthy. More details will be coming out soon, but again we encourage you to view our documentary here!
Thank you once again for your support of PHP!
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 year. Please help us reach our goal!
Finally, please take a look at our new documentary here! Learn 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
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!
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