Rwenzori Organisation for Children Living Under Difficult Circumstances (ROCLDC) works to improve the lives of children in rural areas. Currently focusing on preventative care, they've begun offering immunization services in villages where mothers were not able to access health care services. This project will take the immunization project one step further to help provide antenatal care to women in rural villages, who would otherwise have to walk miles from their home in order to access care.
In the rural villages of Uganda's Kasese District, access to health care is almost non-existent. Women have to walk for hours (often up to 7 hours one way) through difficult rural terrain in order to reach a health center. For many pregnant women and mothers, they simply resign to the idea of not being able to receive care. As a result, infant mortality is unduly high; and surviving babies often start out their lives with health conditions that could have been prevented with earlier care.
This project aims to extend antenatal care to rural women by bringing a midwife to the rural area. This project has a dual component of direct service and education. On one hand, the project will build women's knowledge in the importance of early antenatal care and simple preventative practices. On the other hand, this project will bring midwives to the village too ensure that women receive the essential care they need before, during and after their pregnancy.
The project will begin in two villages in the Kyondo and Kyalhumba sub counties of Kasese. These villages will attract people from neighboring villages. The pregnant women will receive the appropriate antenatal care from a trained midwife, without over exerting themselves walking for nearly a day to health centers. The babies will be better cared for, and properly immunized, reducing the risk of health issues as they develop.