The African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST|) is one of the partners that is implementing a new project on clinical skills update and mentorship in reproductive, maternal, new-born, child, and adolescent health in Uganda.
The project is under the Ministry of Health and is supported by the World Bank. The project which kicked off in February 2021 is expected to run until December 2021.
ACHEST will be carrying out its assigned tasks in selected districts in Eastern Uganda, while other partnering agencies will cover the rest of the regions.
The objectives of the project are to improve utilization of essential health services with a focus on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services in target Districts; (b) scale-up birth and death registration services, and (c) to provide an immediate and effective response to an eligible crisis or emergency.
The Uganda Demographic Health Survey 2016 shows that far too many women continue to die pointlessly due to pregnancy and childbirth-related causes. The maternal mortality ratio stands at 336/100,000 live births while the neonatal mortality rate was 27 deaths per 1,000 live births.
“Our wives, sisters, and mothers are still dying. They are dying because of excessive bleeding, infection, obstetric labour, abortion, hypertension, and other direct and indirect causes,” said Dr Romano Byaruhanga while giving an overview of the maternal health and perinatal situation in Uganda. He expressed hope that the project would help identify the missing gaps in maternal health care services.
He made the remarks during the March 1-4th 2021 training of research assistants that was organized by ACHEST ahead of the fieldwork. The research assistants were trained in different data collection tools including the use of information and communication technology.
Other facilitators were Dr. Dan Kajungu, the Executive Director of the Makerere University Centre for Health and Population Research, and ACHEST’s Dr. Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde the Director of Health workforce Education and Development, Robert Odedo, the Head of Consulting and Dr. Peter Eriki, the Director of Health Systems.