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.
October 2021: Kyarushesha Building Project Completion
Simon and his team, ably overseen by Sofia and Esau, completed this project on track at the end of May, establishing permanent, purpose-built premises for our UKAid Direct-funded clinic in Kyarushesha. We moved in on 30 May, opening our doors the very next day. Huge thanks are due to The Northwood Charitable Trust, the Kitchen Table Charities Trust; an array of generous private donors; a series of ambitious fundraising activities undertaken by our supporters (Becks, Lucy, Duncan, Claire and Gillian); as well as those who wish to remain anonymous. In the first four months we have seen 1713 mothers for antenatal appointments and 532 people in outpatients; provided 214 people with family planning; delivered 189 babies; and made 98 emergency referrals to hospital. A report on the project completion can be found here.
April 2021: Poster for Virtual International Day of the Midwife
The MAMA Trustees, in conjunction with our Ugandan colleagues, are delighted, once again, to have had a poster illustrating our work accepted for Virtual International Day of the Midwife (Wednesday 5th May 2021). This time it describes the work done by our clinic in Kyarushesha, funded by the UKAid Direct Small Charities Challenge Fund. This year’s theme is ‘Birth equity for all’, a vision to which MAMA wholeheartedly subscribes.
April 2021: MAMA registers with Amazon Smile
MAMA are now registered with Amazon Smile so you can donate to us whilst you shop via this link.
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.
October 2020: Grant 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.
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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