Sophie, Maternal Health Educator & Midwife, Uganda
During the COVID-19 pandemic period, mothers in Uganda have been greatly affected, transportation services have declined and the number of women who have been accessing healthcare has reduced. Prior to the ease of lockdown, women were experiencing a number of challenges, including facing harassment when trying to access health facilities.
Our Field Partner, S.O.U.L., has been running a hospital outreach program during this period, meeting with pregnant women and lactating mothers, encouraging them to access care during the early stages of pregnancy and the postnatal period. They also distribute birthing kits, face masks, prenatal vitamins and antimalarial soap to mothers throughout the community.
Sophie, a maternal health educator and midwife for S.O.U.L., pictured here, has “seen how critical it is to supply these materials and to make sure the mothers are given knowledge and protective gear which are important in providing care and protection to children.”
In January 2020 a small team consisting of a GP, a Midwife / Registered Nurse, and a logistics person, conducted health clinics and mentoring of health care workers and volunteers in four villages of Oro Provence, Papua New Guinea.
Village Birth Assistants (VBA's) who had attended education sessions with the No Roads Health team the previous year, were encouraged to assist in the clinic which they willingly did.
Onsite education was conducted with the Community Health Workers (CHW’s) and the VBA’s to reinforce previous learnings and give them the opportunity for some one-on-one experience.
It also enabled the pregnant women attending the clinic to build rapport with the VBA’s as well as the CHW’s in their local community.
It was a fantastic experience for everyone involved and provided the opportunity to deliver better health outcomes for mothers and babies for the long-term.
Fiona does an antenatal check and mentors VBA's
Mar 30, 2020
The gift of birthing kits reduces mothers' financial burden
By Nicole Marshall - Marketing Manager
Joyful mothers and their newborns in Zimbabwe
Our field partner, Aid for Africa Down Under (AFADU) are supporting women in Zimbabwe.
They provided us with this testimonial about the importance of birthing kits to ensure a healthy birth and reduce a pregnant mothers' financial burden.
"Living and working in this community as a local health care worker, I experience every day what it means to the local population to be assisted in this small but very important way. We are at a point where as a hospital we either don’t have the funds or can't receive the basic medicines like Paracetamol through lack of stock in the national pharmacy.
We sometimes run out of gloves or disinfection and are trying our best to treat the patients as best a we can. Pregnant women have to travel to the next town, 3 hrs on a very bad dirt road by car, and have to get their own supplies and bring it to the hospital for the delivery.
Costs are enormous. To give you and idea: a teacher or /nurse earns about 300 bond dollar per month, whereas the transport itself with the bus currently costs about 80 Bond dollars to get to town and back, not taking into account the cost for material, medicines and food.
Now seeing that 95% of the population in this area are working as self-sustainable farmers, that are suffering due to a bad drought, people are not able to cover these costs.
When AFADU can provide women with the important materials for delivery (birthing kits) and distribute them free of charge is a blessing for each and every pregnant women and we are very grateful for that.”