Welcome to Midwives at Maternity Azur (ΜΑΜΑ)
Educating women and empowering midwives to increase skilled birth attendance and health facility delivery.
MAMA was established in recognition of the central importance of the role of the midwife in providing safe maternity care, and to reduce maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity in Hoima and Kikuube districts in Western Uganda. We aim to empower and promote the advocacy of Ugandan midwives to improve all aspects of maternal and perinatal health, in particular by promoting skilled birth attendance and health facility delivery. We collaborate with our partners, Azur Health Centre, in Hoima town, supporting a team of Ugandan midwives to provide round-the-clock maternity services at Azur Health Centre and at the rural maternity clinics we have established in the remote villages of Runga and Kyarushesha.
February 2021: Funding from the Kitchen Table Charities Trust
MAMA are absolutely delighted to receive the support of the Kitchen Table Charities Trust for a key aspect of our new Maternity Clinic building project in Kyarushesha, Uganda. Their generous grant will pay for pit latrines and wash bays, including one block specifically designed, with their help, to be disabled friendly; incinerator; kitchen; and medical waste/placenta disposal pits. Our own premises will allow us to expand and improve our services, with a larger labour ward; greater privacy for inpatients; an increase in our inpatient beds; and a larger outpatients department. Our current rental costs are a significant proportion of the monthly running cost, so this project aims to secure the clinic’s future sustainability. We truly do run the charity from our kitchen tables, so the relationship with this Trust seems especially fitting, and we want to say a huge thanks to them and all their supporters.
February 2021: Runga Clinic Move
In part due to the impacts of climate change, the waters of Lake Albert are rising, and were threatening to flood the premises we lease for our Runga clinic. Therefore, we made the difficult decision to relocate, and have invested in upgrading a different property further from the lakeshore. The money spent on the necessary improvements will cover the rent for the next five years. Thanks to an incredible amount of hard work from Sofia, Barongo and the rest of the team the move was completed on 17 February 2021, with minimal interruption to our clinic services.
January 2021: Kyarushesha Building Project
We have commenced an ambitious building project to establish permanent, purpose-built premises for our UKAid Direct-funded clinic in Kyarushesha. We are working with a local construction company, which previously built our volunteer house in Hoima town, and they are making great progress. Fundraising for the project is well underway, with more than 50% of the total cost raised to date. A huge thanks is due to The Northwood Charitable Trust for supporting us in this endeavour, as well as to the multiple individuals who have donated or fundraised for us.
October 2020: Funding from UK Aid Direct Small Charities Challenge Fund
In March 2020, thanks to a generous two-year grant from the UK Aid Direct Small Charities Challenge Fund, MAMA was able to open the doors of the new MAMA Grace Clinic in Kyarushesha, helping to address UN Global Goal 3. This followed on from three years of outreach clinics in the village and a year of work behind the scenes applying to UKAid and setting up the grant, which started in February 2020. Sofia is resident in Hoima for two years as our project manager overseeing the setup, together with our Ugandan partners from Azur. It has proven to be a great success despite both the Covid-19 pandemic and a much larger workload than anticipated. You can read the UKAid press release here.
June 2020: Article in the African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health
The MAMA Trustees, in conjunction with our Ugandan colleagues, have published a peer-reviewed manuscript, which describes our experiences setting up our clinic in Runga: ‘Reducing the distance to walk: establishing a remote maternity facility in Runga, Hoima District, Uganda.
Providing services to remote areas
Through MAMA, midwives are able to offer numerous services to women including intrapartum care, antenatal, postnatal and neonatal care, HIV and syphilis screening, treatment and counselling and family planning. Find out more in our featured articles below:
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