Maternal mortality and new born mortality is still high in Uganda at 343 / 100,000 and 27/1000 respectively (World Bank report 2016). Despite interventions by the Government and development partners the numbers are still high.
St. Stephen's Hospital is the only Hospital North of Kampala and with the national strategy to decongest Mulago National Referral and teaching Hospital, to concentrate on teaching and specialized services, the demand for health services especially reproductive health is expected to increase.
St. Stephen's has an outreach program for general patients but has faced challenges due to the frequent breakdown of the ambulance, which also acts as the administrative vehicle. Furthermore, the frequent break down affects the referrals and also has made it costly to maintain (over 8000 USD per year). In order to improve reproductive health and contribute to the sustainable development goal number three, we plan to strengthen adolescent health services by providing adolescent friendly services and carrying out outreaches to schools. We also plan to introduce post natal home visits to follow up mothers and babies in order to reduce maternal and newborn deaths during that period.
Funds will be used to do the following
1.Procure a new ambulance in order to improve the referral process of mothers from the community to the health unit as well from the health unit to higher levels of care.
2.Conduct weekly home visits for mothers after delivery (Post natal) to assess, offer support and treat complications
3.Introduce and strengthen adolescent reproductive health services at St. Stephen's Hospital by providing services in a private, adolescent friendly environment and by conducting outreaches to schools and the community
4.Reduce new born deaths in the community by half through procuring infant warmers, Sonicaid doppler and training staff in new born care
1. Procurement of the ambulance
2. Participate i the training of the beneficiaries using the classifications of the Rotarians who are medical professionals
3. Carry out minor medical attendance programs by the medical professions
4.Set up a procurement committee to work with the hospital team to procure other requirements
5.Continue with the regular visits that are being made now
6. Publicize the project
7. Continue to use the hospital to participate in the club's annual Rotary Family Health Days
8. Participate in the hospital outreach program