Progressive Health Partnership's Safe Motherhood Initiative now has a new name: the Omukazi Namagara Program. Literally translated from Runyankore (the language spoken in Southwestern Uganda) as "the woman is life", Omukazi Namagara not only illustrates the key role of a woman in the life of a family, community, and society but also illustrates the woman's ability to give life by fostering the growth of a baby.
PHP developed the new program title to better capture the purpose and components of the program. In recent months, PHP has created a significant postnatal emphasis within the program, which accompanies the program's already strong antenatal emphasis. Now the Omukazi Namagara Program will not only focus on taking steps during pregnancy to promote women's health but will also focus on taking steps after birth to ensure the continued health of the woman as well as the health of her baby.
PHP is also excited to report that it has hired two new Ugandan staff members to work on the program: Angella and Alex. Both Angella and Alex come to the team with computer science backgrounds, making a substantial contribution to the technical capabilities of the program. Angella, the assistant program coordinator, will focus on working with Village Health Team members, getting feedback from community members, and overseeing the electronic medical records system. Alex, the data manager, will work on collecting records and data through the medical records system as well as a survey of pregnant women. Together, Angella and Alex help demonstrate PHP's commitment to build more capacity within Uganda.
Although the start of the Omukazi Namagara Program has been delayed due to technical challenges related to the medical records system, the problems have been solved and the team is now preparing the software for real-life use. Among other tasks, the Omukazi Namagara team is currently preparing to train Village Health Team members, strengthen the services at the local health center in Kashongi, and implement the electronic medical records system. The team is excited for the months ahead and expresses its thanks for your continued support!