Outreach clinics have been a very important part of MAMA’s role in Hoima and Kikuube districts, and to date we have held more than 40 across different villages. The outreaches are set up after discussions with the village elders. Usually the outreach clinics are held in schools or church buildings and services are offered for free.
Our original outreach clinic was in Runga, where since 2017 we now have a round-the-clock maternity clinic.
Our latest outreach clinic, in Kyarushesha, has now been replaced by our second permanent clinic, funded by the UK Aid Direct Small Charities Challenge Fund, which opened in March 2020.
We were running an outreach clinic in the village of Nkondo, but unfortunately this was suspended due to the outbreak of Ebola virus in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.
Sustainable Development Goals
Outreach clinics are an effective way to target Sustainable Development Goal 3: increasing provision of health care including education to those living in remote and difficult to access areas (goal 3.8), with a particular focus on women’s health and sexual health (goal 3.7), with an aim to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 by 2030 (goal 3.1).
A typical outreach clinic day
Five or six midwives travel from Hoima town and provide the services described below. The local church/school will help us set up the room offering privacy for palpation and discussions treatment around HIV and syphilis. It often causes quite a stir in the village with many children and people coming to see.
Typically the day starts with a health education talk from one of the midwives on subjects ranging from the WHO nine danger signs in pregnancy to malaria and contraception, At each outreach we will offer antenatal checks; HIV/syphilis screening and treatment; family planning; and on occasion child immunisation if there’s no provision for it locally.
We offer medications to treat minor ailments in pregnancy, including thrush, urinary tract infections and pelvic pain, as well as prophylaxis for anaemia (iron and folic acid), worms and malaria.
Offering antenatal checks, health education, family planning, HIV/syphilis screening and child immunisation
Administering prophylaxis for anaemia, worms and malaria