A Ugandan health centre, which hadn’t delivered a baby in 16 years, has been transformed by the University of Salford staff and students.
Improvements to the Kagote Health Centre in Uganda saw the first baby being born there four months after the University of Salford’s Knowledge for Charity (K4C) began working there in 2014.
Since the improvements were completed by the University’s charity and its partner One Brick at a Time the health centre, located in the Uganda’s rural western Kabarole District, is now delivering on average 44 babies a month.
Before the health centre was restored, women had to travel long distances to get to hospital, if they could pay for the journey, where they would wait in long queues and even give birth without a bed.
If women couldn’t make the long journey, they would give birth in dangerous conditions and without a midwife present.
Officials have been so impressed by the transformation of the Kagote Health Centre that it was chosen to host the national celebrations on International Day of the Midwife 2017 (Friday 5 May), with 1,000 people attending including the Ministry of Health and locals from the Kabarole District.
Chair in Social Justice at the University of Salford, Professor Louise Ackers, said: “The insight into healthcare which our students are able to gain while working in Uganda is unlike anything they will be able to get in the UK, but the work they’ve done there is also having a major impact on the lives on women in the country.
“Previously, the facilities at Kagote were so poor that they hadn’t delivered a single baby in 16 years, meaning women faced significant delays or undergo a risky home pregnancy without the aid of an experienced midwife on hand.”
As well as transforming the Kagote Health Centre, the charity has also worked with Kampala City Council Authority to equip Kisenyi Health Centre IV in Uganda’s capital with a fully operational delivery suite, postnatal ward, neonatal unit and operating theatre.
Since this facility was opened, following the work carried out by the K4C project, 900 women per month on average deliver their babies at the birth centre, while receiving specialist maternity and neonatal care.
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