Uganda is one of the countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa with a very high maternal mortality ratio estimated at 336 deaths per 100,000 live births. This is attributed to multiple barriers to accessing critical routine and lifesaving maternal health care. The barriers fall into the delay in deciding to seek care, lack of privacy at Health Centres and limited availability of skilled maternal health professionals, retention of health workers in rural communities is yet another high-ranking challenge in Uganda’s health sector and Key among the causes is the inadequate medical equipment and supplies to enable them perform their duties diligently. Leading to the mothers seeking help from traditional birth attendants and this has contributed to death, all these causes of death can largely be preventable through PaCT supplementing government and the health sector efforts with the aim of contributing towards improved health conditions of pregnant mothers through Construction of maternity wards and equipping them in the districts of Mityana, Gomba, Mubende and Kyankwanzi. The maternity wards constructed include delivery room labor room, immunization room, reception, nurse’s room, recovery room, examination room, health workers accommodation facilities and the facilities are equipped with solar system for lighting purposes.
Retention of health workers in rural communities is yet another high ranking challenge in Uganda’s health sector. Key among the causes are the inadequate medical equipment and supplies to enable them perform their duties diligently. PaCT works with her partners to ensure that health workers are supported to have what they need to extend quality health care services to the patients they serve. Such equipment have included furniture, patient/delivery beds, extermination couches microscopes, drug fledges, ward screens, sterilizers, B.P machine. Others include construction of incinerators, solar system installation and supply of insecticide treated nets.
At PaCT we recognize the fact that we can’t have it all done at once by we believe drop by drop, we can create a huge difference in the lives of the Ugandan mothers and reduces the occurrences of maternal deaths and related challenges.
What they say
I was inspired to support the building of the Rwamashengyero Clinic when I read about the Mityana Charity or PaCT as it’s known in Uganda and all that it had already achieved with health care in the area. When they told me about plans for a new clinic due to the numerous challenges that we being faced by mothers, I knew this was something really important that I could contribute to save lives of mothers and their babies. I was a medical herbalist for much of my working life. It seemed terrible to think how heavily pregnant women were having to travel on scooters or walk to get medical assistance, and that children might lose out on inoculations. I was fortunate to be born in a wealthy country, and am aware that much of that wealth came at the expense of others which motives me to support. Helping to build the Rwamashengyero Clinic which currently benefits approximate average of 370 people a month is my small contribution to the wonderful people of Uganda. I’m so glad the clinic is already proving useful to hundreds on Ugandan and I have no doubt that it’s greatly improving their quality of life. I was equally motivated and encouraged to support by the high level of transparence and accountability exhibited by PaCT and her sister Charity, The Mityana Charity in UK. I shall follow its progress with great interest.