Greetings from Uganda! Progressive Health Partnership is happy to announce that the Omukazi Namagara Program (ONP) was officially launched last month in Kashongi and Kitura Sub-Counties in southwestern Uganda. The program consists of three primary components: (1) improved provision of antenatal and postnatal health services at local government health centers, (2) an education campaign on reproductive and child health by community health workers, and (3) home visits to pregnant women and mothers by community health workers.
Before the start of the ONP, PHP decided to nearly double the number of community health workers participating in the program, from 14 to 26. This step has helped to build more capacity within the community and will allow the community health worker team to cover a greater number of women with increased attention. In June, PHP program facilitators carried out a one-week training of the expanded team of community health workers, utilizing many programmatic materials and tools that had been months in the making.
Currently, the health education campaign, which has reached hundreds of men and women throughout the community, is coming to a close. The community health workers are now beginning to focus exclusively on their home visits. Through the home visits, they will not only be advising pregnant women and mothers on their health and the health of their babies, but they will also be collecting and compiling data so that they themselves can analyze the health problems in their villages.
PHP has also taken steps to improve the quality of care at the local health centers. By outfitting the beds at the health centers with mosquito bed nets, purchasing equipment such as complete delivery kits, and ensuring that the health centers have appropriate supplies and medications, PHP hopes to both improve the working environment for the health workers and make the facilities ideal locations where women can give birth. So far, the response from the community has been very positive. Over the coming months, PHP will be working to gauge the effects of the program and to identify areas for improvement.
Thanks to your generous support, we have already been able to take these steps to address maternal and neonatal health in our partner community, and we look forward to building on these achievements as time goes on.
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