Kitkum Uganda




Country Background

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

Project Objectives

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.

Activities

The project follows an integrated approach focusing on:

  • Training health professionals. Health Centre staff will be trained in basic sonography (for scans) and through educational films provided by our partner, Medical Aid Films (MAF).
  • Improvements in health centre infrastructure. A youth friendly corner will be created where educational films are screened and life-skills coaching and counseling will occur. Solar lighting and medical supplies will also be provided to improve service provision.
  • Health Facility Sustainability assessment. The New Life Medical Centre is owned by the Church of Uganda but will receive support to manage operations independently in future.
  • Improve Knowledge, Attitude and Practices at the community level.

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.