Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa. Within the country, poor infrastructure, a lack of jobs, high population growth, poor quality services and widespread corruption are major concerns. The country has also had to contend with a brutal 20-year insurgency in the north, led by the LRA. Poverty levels are still nearly twice that of the rest of the country. This is where Food for the Hungry works. This particular project focuses on maternal health
The goal of the project is to reduce child mortality and morbidity in Kitkum, Northern Uganda. We will build on the achievements of New Life Medical Centre Kitkum in providing Maternal and Child Health services. The project aims to increase delivery with skilled attendants, increase rates of completion of the four antenatal care visits, and improve child immunization, in addition to other indicators the New Life Medical Center is already delivering.
The project follows an integrated approach focusing on:
Activities will be focused on antenatal, delivery and postpartum care, family planning, malaria, prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, tuberculosis, immunization, breastfeeding, nutrition, and supplementation of essential nutrients. FH will use Village Health Teams to cascade behavior change messages from community-based volunteers to their neighbours. Films from MAF will be used in public settings to complement the messages mothers receive through the Village Health teams.