This project will deliver 3 light kits for use in labor suits and wards, train 52 young mothers to champion community based health education for Safe motherhood to reduce maternal and neonatal deaths in 52 villages in Bugiri district.
30% of expectant mothers don't attend antenatal care and 25% deliver either at home or with traditional birth attendants due to lack of knowledge. Over 30 mothers per month who deliver at night at the 3 public health centers in Nabukalu aided by midwives, use personal kerosene powered candles, flashlights to provide light in labor suits and wards. This contributes to maternal and neonatal related complications and eventual deaths when neglected as a result of inability to carry a light source.
We provide solar lighting systems for use during delivery support by health workers in labor suits and wards for easier post-delivery monitoring and management of mothers and their newborns in health facilities. Train champion young mothers to conduct door to door dialogues with their peers and spouses, for increased antenatal care visits and health facility deliveries. Support backyard vegetable gardening for value-added diet among expectant and lactating mothers with locally available foods.
Reliable light sources in the labor suits and wards will save 360 mothers and newborns from deaths and resultant postpartum complications per year. 104 champion mothers trained in 52 villages using door to door approach will increase male involvement in antenatal visits and birth preparedness, using locally available foods from backyard gardens managed by young mothers is expected to reduce malnutrition among mothers and children below 5 years and increase household incomes.