Mother's Day Appeal Success: How you're helping save lives in Uganda
Thank you so much to all supporters who donated to our Mother’s Day Appeal last month, your donations are already having an impact.
Your generosity means we have secured over £6,500 in donations, to help save the lives of mothers and their babies. If you still wish to donate, you can do so here:
Women and Children First is already putting your donations to good use in the Oyam district, Northern Uganda.
183 community health workers – 1 per village – have been trained. They will deliver vital support, advice and medical assistance to pregnant women and babies throughout the project area in Oyam.
The charity, with our local partners, has also helped train women’s group leaders - or ‘facilitators’. Now that their training is finished, they will help communities to learn from each other and act together to look after expectant women, new mothers and their babies.
The self-help groups when running will offer an empowering, solution-based approach to the issues that pregnant women and new mothers face in Oyam, such as malaria, long distances to health services and malnutrition.
Finally, we have supported the training of midwives, to ensure that their skills are up to date and they can offer women and children the best care possible.
While sounding like simple actions, these are all proven approaches to improving the health of women and children and saving lives, and have been effective in the other countries where Women and Children First has worked in the past.
Indeed, in other areas of Uganda where we have done similar work, more women started attending antenatal check-ups and giving birth in health facilities – leading to safer pregnancies and fewer deaths.
While the Mother’s Day campaign has finished, you can still help us to continue our vital work – please donate if you can: