Saving Lives at Birth; Maternal Health in Uganda

by The Shanti Uganda Society


The Shanti Uganda Birth House is a solar powered maternity centre on one acre of land in Nsaasi Village in the Luweero District of Uganda. An average of 15-20 babies are born at the Shanti Uganda Birth House each month and we are the only health facility in the village.
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Uganda, a country where 16 women die giving birth every day. Many of these deaths are related to complications that can be prevented through early testing, diagnosis, education and treatment. 18% of new HIV infections occur from mother to child. We provides a safe, nurturing and empowering environment for mothers to birth their babies.


The Shanti Uganda Birth House provides a unique model of care where access to testing of STIs and HIV/AIDS is made available to every woman who visits us for prenatal care. Our laboratory enables us to test for HIV/AIDS and as a recently certified facility in Mother-To-Child Prevention of HIV/AIDS, we have access to the drugs required to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. We are actively working to reduce the maternal and infant death rates that have long devastated Uganda.

Long-Term Impact

2000 prenatal mothers will benefit. 240 Birthing Mothers and their Husbands will directly benefit. 240-260 Newborn Babies will directly benefit through a reduction of HIV/AIDS transmission from mother to child, the health and well-being of the mother and the health and well-being of the infant. 720 household dependents will indirectly benefit through the improved health and prevention of maternal death of their mother and sibling.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Project description on Shanti Uganda webpage
Press article published in Parents Canada magazine
Press article published in Huffington Post
Blog by Christy Turlington of Every Mother Counts

Organization Information

The Shanti Uganda Society

Location: Coquitlam, BC - Canada
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Natalie Angell-Besseling
Vancouver, BC Canada
$15,711 raised of $95,000 goal
56 donations
$79,289 to go
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