Uganda

PROJECTS:

Juliet Angwech Opoka Maternity Facility

In 2015 approximately 125 million women gave birth, of which 303,000 died, leaving countless children motherless, increasing infant deaths via perinatal conditions and sub-optimal care and restricting economic progress.  Nearly all deaths (99%) were in resource-poor countries, with 66% in Africa.  Uganda has a high mortality rate; 360/100,000 live births, and despite improvements and increasing numbers of health centres providing community-based care, for some women facilities are still inaccessible and underused.

This new centre proposes to address some of the issues facing women in this part of Uganda by making the services affordable to all.  It also proposes to offer mobile health clinics to those women that are still hard to reach.

  1. Draft grant proposal: AVAILABLE ON DEMAND – for a copy of the grant proposal of if you simply would like to get in touch with us to discuss this project, please contact Sam Opoka at sam@menelikpartnership.org or samopoka@hotmail.com

Juliet Angwech Opoka

On a cloudy day in mid-November 2015, Juliet Angwech Opoka died only a few hours after undergoing cesarean delivery at Lacor Hospital in Northern Uganda. Cause of death was pronounced as eclampsia. Juliet`s case was unique as she had never missed any antenatal care visit, as a matter of fact, she had walked into the hospital for her last antenatal care visit only to return a week later in a coffin. Prior to her death, Juliet worked as a human rights lawyer providing free legal services for the most vulnerable (the poorest households, women, and children) in Northern Uganda. Juliet`s story is a sad reality of the state of maternity services in Uganda. Poorly equipped health facilities have become death traps for Uganda`s women and children. It is against a background of poorly equipped health facilities and high maternal deaths that a maternity health center will be built to provide quality maternity services and promote health and wellbeing in Northern Uganda.

VIDEO OF THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT AREA

(Medical facility appeal video filmed and edited by local people.)

Fund are required to purchase and ship the following equipment:

A maternity hospital or clinic needs to be equipped, to provide the highest degree of care at all stages of during and after pregnancy to all. With regards to medical equipment, there are specialised medical devices that are essential in any maternity hospital and clinc. These devices have been designed to provide the necessary diagnostic information to doctors which allows them to provide the best care to the mother and child.

Foetal Monitors: Foetal monitors are required to monitor the vital signs of the foetus just prior and during delivery. It helps in measuring the most feeble foetal heartrate, slightest foetal movement and minor uterine contractions accurately.

Maternal Monitors: Monitors the vital signs of a mother before and after delivery. The maternal monitor is designed to provide care in high-risk fetal and maternal assessments, equipped with low-frequency ultrasound waves. In addition to the Foetal Heart rate, and Foetal movement, the monitor also measures Temperature and Respiratory rate of the mother as well.

Colposcope: Colposcopy is a type of cervical Cancer test and the device used is known as a Colposcope. The device provides close examination of the cervix, vagina, and vulva for signs of disease and is also used to detect abnormal cells in your cervix. The image freezing capability in the Colposcope ensures accuracy.

Foetal Doppler: A Foetal Doppler provides an audible simulation of the faintest foetal heartbeat using the Doppler Effect. The Foetal Doppler also comes with a built-in loudspeaker and headphone socket for convenience.

Ultrasound Machine: An ultrasound machine is an imaging device which uses high-frequency sound waves to look for organs and structures inside the body. It is used to view the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, liver, and other organs and during pregnancy to access the condition and position of the infant.

Baby Warmer and Incubator: Baby warmers create the warmth similar to a mother’s womb artificially, allowing doctors to carry out the first examination of the newborn.  A neonatal incubator provides an optimal environment for complete infant observation and care. It is used for pre-term babies which monitors the baby’s temperature, humidity and provides adequate oxygen levels for the baby.

  1. A maternity clinic £25,000
  2. A delivery room £7000
  3. A fully furnished and equipped hospital £162,000
The out-patient area with family planning, consultation, scanning, laboratory and pharmacy rooms

Standard we are aiming for