The project will work with 450 pregnant women in Gulu District in the sub counties of Bungatira and Unyama to accelerate uptake for post partum care, promotion of child health including early infant HIV diagnosis and care. Goal oriented antenatal care(ANC), deliveries in health centers, promotion of postnatal care (PNC), family planning, immunization and improving attitudes towards maternal and child health
We believe that preventive primary health care is the key to the child health. Malaria accounts for 30-40% of outpatient visits and 15-20% of hospital admissions. Infant and Under-five mortality rates remain high in Gulu district. This is highly influenced by mother's status in the family and education levels. More than 50 percent of Ugandans have no access to clean water, making them vulnerable to cholera and diarrhea.
The district indicators show an enormous potential of reaching women with life-saving information and preventative care. Karin Medical Centre in Gulu, intends to undertake intensive education to promote child health and ANC attendance to achieve at least four visits. This will be done to the weekly outreaches that is undertaken to the hard to reach areas, train and educate communities, provide medical treatment and care. Conduct projects that improve hygiene and sanitation.
The project will achieve strong improvements in the areas of infant nutrition, MCH service utilization and MCH capacity building. A total of 7,727 women of reproductive age will be educated and learned to see themselves as powerful agents of change in order to impact the health of their families and communities. The project will create a strong environment for healthy maternal and child health behaviours at the 700 household which is a key strategy for reducing maternal and child mortality