Since 2014, we have treated over 10,000 babies and saved over 3000 lives and the number of newborn babies dying in the hospital has reduced by 70%. This dramatic success can be attributed to a sustainable training model and provision of good quality basic newborn care. The creation of a 52 bed neonatal unit and Centre of Excellence for Newborn Care and Training is key to extending our training and knowledge across Uganda and further reducing neonatal mortality beyond our region.
We are unable to further reduce the number of babies dying because of overwhelming crowding. Admissions have doubled and there can be 60 babies on a ward designed for 10. The Mbale Mother Centred Model needs the mothers alongside their babies, but we now use the mother's beds for the babies. All of this increases the spread of infection. Central to the concept of improving newborn care and reducing neonatal mortality is training, but the ward is too small to meet basic standards of education.
- Create capacity for 52 babies and their mothers using the Mbale Mother Centred Model of newborn care, where mothers sleep alongside their babies to provide basic nursing care - Increased space, patient flow and hand-washing facilities will facilitate infection control and prevent hospital-acquired infections, which can be fatal - Create space for hands-on training and exposure to staff, medical students and nursing students together with a training room for lectures
Over the next 5 years, this Centre of Excellence for Newborn Care and Newborn Training will: - Treat over 13,000 babies who are born too small, too soon or too sick - Reduce the neonatal mortality by a further 33% and save the lives of over 600 babies who would otherwise have died in the current neonatal unit - Train over 500 students and staff practicing in the region - Create capacity for the development and implementation of an accredited BSc in Neonatology, the first in East Africa
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).