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PROJECT: Maternity Care

Little Love Project

Providing maternity care to impoverished communities in Northern Uganda
PROVIDING THE BEST MATERNITY CARE

In Uganda, 16 women die per day because of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Little Love Project is on a mission to ensure that all women in the Otuke District region in Northern Uganda have access to the best maternity care and services to bring their ‘little love’ safely into this world.

THE NEED

With no other health facilities within a 72km radius, The Kristina Health Clinic (KHC) was opened in 2012 to service the Otuke District in Northern Uganda. With an average of 25 births per month at KHC, the patient ward was split in half in 2017 to broaden their care and provide much needed maternity services. Unfortunately, it has put a strain on the facility’s ability to provide other basic services. It is a temporary solution to a greater problem.

OBJECTIVE

The objective is to grow the Kristina Health Centre into a Level 4 Health Clinic. New infrastructure is required to make this happen, in the form of a Theatre. The addition of a Theatre to the KHC will increase its capacity to provide essential and emergency care for expectant mothers in the Otuke District and beyond. Women in rural villages of northern Uganda often do not have the capacity to travel or know of facilities where they can give birth. The team at Kristina plan also Outreaches all over the district, to educate and improve access to health care services.

This Project has short term and long-term goals

Short term – Over the next 12-24 months provide the best maternity with an established care plan. Increasing post-natal care, antenatal care, Safe Birthing Kits, employ 5 x midwives, Outreach programs and Sonography training for one staff member.

Long term – Build a fully equipped maternity ward and functioning Theatre. This will allow KHC to facilitate emergency circumstances if and when required for these women in a rural community 72km from the nearest large town.

 
PROJECT PARTNER

Love Mercy Foundation is the project partner who will activate this initiative on the ground. Love Mercy exists to empower communities in Northern Uganda to overcome poverty caused by the horrors of war. Love Mercy began in 2010 in Sydney, Australia after Eloise Wellings, Australian Olympian, met Ugandan Olympian and former child soldier, Julius Achon. She promised to fulfill his dream of restoring hope to his village in Northern Uganda after decades of civil war. Love Mercy sees a future where Northern Uganda is transformed through simple solutions to poverty – increasing access to education, health care and income generation. lovemercyfoundation.org

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CURRENT SHORT TERM GOALS

Safe Births
$50 provides 1 Safe Birthing Kit
$1,500 provides Safe Birthing Kits for 1 month
$18,000 provides Safe Birthing Kits for 12 months

Birthing Kit includes equipment, medication, soap, midwives and a singlet for the new baby

Sonographer Training
$4,000 enables 1 staff member to achieve their Diploma in Sonography

Outreach Program
$8,000 provides 2 Outreach journeys per month for 12 months

LONG TERM GOALS
Infrastructure and staffing