Our goal is to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality, under- fives mortality and total fertility rate through, quality ante-natal and post-natal care, safe deliveries for all women in our catchment area, improved access to all gynecological services, youth friendly services and all individuals having access to Family Planning.
OUR ANC provides women and their families with appropriate information and advice for a healthy pregnancy, safe childbirth, and postnatal recovery, including care of the newborn, promotion of early, exclusive breastfeeding, and assistance with deciding on future pregnancies in order to improve pregnancy outcomes. The clinics are held daily from Mondays to Saturdays for both new mothers and returnees. We conduct HIV counseling and testing for all new mothers for elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV. All those who test HIV+ are enrolled in care and started on ARVs.
Routine Antenatal care is done by the midwives. Mothers at risk of medical problems in pregnancy e.g Hypertension, Diabetes, previous scars, young mothers etc are screened, and those from hard to reach areas are picked up with the ambulance by team of our Doctors and midwives.
Namutumba Community Hospital postnatal services takes care of the needs of the postpartum mothers. Our services are;
- Postnatal health education and counselling
- Post caesarean section care
- Postnatal reviews and Family planning, including immediate postpartum family planning
- Provision of long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets to all mothers after delivery
Uganda has one of the highest fertility rates in the world at 6.7 children per woman, and has the youngest population on the planet with a median age of less than fifteen. Large families trap people in poverty with not enough money for food, schooling and health care for their children. High fertility rates are dangerous for women, and make it hard for them to escape traditional childbearing roles. A 3% annual population growth rate is unsustainable for the environment, and leaves younger generations without enough water or land for cultivation. Three years ago, we were providing short-term methods of family planning, currently 60% of the services offered every month are long term. Now the contraceptive prevalence rate (proportion of women of childbearing age using some form of contraception) is 46% the Namutumba area. Our target is 70% by 2023.
Our family planning services operates every day, providing services and each department in the hospital has a family planning ambassador/champion to talk about family planning to the clients. Our services are not only given to the married women but also teenagers have turned up for the services because they are sexually active. So far, the youngest conception age in our catchment area has been 13 years and average conception age is 18 years. We have a particular emphasis on preventing unwanted teenage pregnancies and helping mothers to space their children, both of which are known to reduce maternal and infant mortality.
We are still in need of the equipment and Should you be having any them, feel free to donate to us.