Multiple studies conducted around the world have observed that poorer women tend to receive poorer quality of maternal health care. In Uganda, the wealthiest women are four times as likely to deliver in a health facility and with a skilled birth attendant.
Many of the health facilities in Uganda function without basic infrastructure, such as electricity and clean water, and most do not have the capacity to perform cesarean section surgeries.
While it is clear that many facilities in Uganda and other low-income countries lack essential resources, the evidence examining the quality of clinical processes throughout the continuum of maternity care remains limited.
To improve the quality of maternal and child health and nutrition services, we are also strengthening local health systems. Health workers and community health workers are benefitting from capacity-building training, and a range of health professionals have received treatment guidelines as well as training designed to improve service delivery.
In addition, we have established a referral system for emergency obstetric cases, and are working with the Ministry of Health to provide health facilities and community units with regular support supervision.
Beacon of Hope Uganda works with a number of health centres in rural communities and we do provide the needy mothers in those communities with birthing kits. This kit includes sterile gloves for delivery, a sterile razor blade to cut the umbilical cord, gauze, soap, a mosquito net and multivitamins including iron and folate.
These items help to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child, prevent malaria in newborns and mums and also help to treat anaemia which is especially common in the post-natal period.
We also carry out a number of family planning sessions in the communities to help mothers and fathers plan for thier families well.
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