We’re working with private health facilities, local businesses, and communities to expand women’s access to affordable, quality maternal healthcare. Our progress to date:
There are approximately 1.6 million births and 5,700 maternal deaths every year in Uganda, yielding a maternal mortality ratio of approximately 343 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2015.
By Jacqueline Idusso
Health workers often have to use less effective equipment because they do not have modern healthcare technologies. As a Ugandan, the challenges that women in this country face are very close to my heart. There are 4,700 maternal deaths every year in Uganda.Learn more
A "Maama Ambassador," a community health worker providing maternal health education, stands with some of her clients at a local clinic in Hoima District.
One of our "Maama Ambassadors" displays a Maama kit – a bag of helpful supplies that women can bring to clinics when it's time to give birth.
Two ProFam staff members pose in front of the supplies and medicines at their Hoima District clinic.
Women wait outside the maternity ward of Hoima Hospital, the only facility in the district that provides emergency obstetric services.
A woman sells fruit to help raise money for her MUM club – a group of community members that raises and contributes funds so members can afford health services like antenatal care.
A look at the Mercy Heart ProFam facility in the Kibaale region of Uganda, one of the areas in which MSD for Mothers is working.
A group of children and their mothers looks on as the MUM program checks in on one of the MUM clubs.
In Uganda, MSD for Ugandan Mothers is expanding PACE's ProFam franchise network of clinics to improve the ability of local private providers to deliver affordable, quality maternal health services and enhance women’s access to lifesaving care.
Midwives like Lorna (above) are seasoned healthcare workers offering a wide range of services including family planning, antenatal care, labor and delivery, routine immunizations, and basic newborn care.
Maama and Taata Ambassadors like Lydia (left) and Aston (right) are entrepreneurs recruited to educate women about pre-natal care, birth planning, and the importance of going to a facility to give birth.
Sukulu (left), a "boda-boda" rider (motorcycle driver), takes Edith (right) to a health facility for pre-natal care. He is also trained to transport women who are in labor.
Donata (left) owns Central Clinic, a local drug shop in Mubende. Drug shops sell subsidized Maama kits that include childbirth supplies women are often required to bring to a health facility when they are ready to give birth.
Community insurance treasurers like Sarah (left) educate expecting families about the benefits of investing in health coverage ahead of time so women can receive medical care whenever they need it. Here, Sarah distributes membership cards to members of her community insurance group.
Dr. Wagodoma (right) receives a pregnant woman at the Ibulanku Health Centre III in Iganga. While midwives are the primary maternal caregivers in Uganda, Dr. Wagodoma helps to provide specialist care and delivery services when needed.
A boy rides past the Gloria Health Care ProFam clinic, where MSD for Mothers is supporting the expansion of these clinics throughout Uganda.