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Health Centers on the Spot for Messing Up Maternal Health Project :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Health Centers on the Spot for Messing Up Maternal Health Project

The Saving Mothers Giving Life campaign was introduced in 2011 with the aim of accelerating the reduction of avoidable maternal deaths by 50%.

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Health facilities in Kabarole district are on the spot for messing up the Saving Mothers Giving Life-SMGL project. The Saving Mothers Giving Life campaign was introduced in 2011 with the aim of accelerating the reduction of avoidable maternal deaths by 50%.  The shillings 850 million project is funded by Baylor Uganda.

Under the project, health facilities in Kabarole were given ambulances to transport expectant mothers from their homes to health centers for delivery. Mama kits were distributed to health facilities and health workers trained. They also received an additional 200,000 shillings on top of their salary. 

However, four years down the road, the project is being mismanaged by the health centers. At some of the health centers visited by Uganda Radio Network, some of the ambulances aren\'t being put to use causing a gap in the provision of emergency services to the intended beneficiaries.

There is also still staff absenteeism and theft of mama kits. Steven Baguma, the in-charge Rwimi Health Centre III in Rwimi Sub County says the two ambulances broke down a year ago and have never been repaired.

Baguma says that they face a problem of handling patients who need to be referred to Fort Portal regional referral hospital due to transport problems. He says there have been several attempts to request for funds from the district health department to repair the ambulances in vain.

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At Kibiito health centre IV, three ambulances remain grounded due to lack of funds to purchase fuel. Douglas Asiimwe, a resident of Kibiito trading centre says his wife was referred to Fort Portal hospital last month but he couldn\'t use the ambulance. Asiimwe says that he was forced to hire a car at shillings 150,000. 

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Adeodata Kekitiinwa, the Executive Director Baylor- Uganda says she is disappointed the district authorities haven\'t taken any action. She says that failure to follow the guidelines of the project is affecting service delivery in the health sector.

Kekitiinwa says some health facilities lack records of mothers who have given birth in their facilities. She says such data is important because it helps measure the response of the community about the project. She also says some health workers are often absent from work or report late despite being given incentives.

 

Kekitiinwa threatened to cut funding to the district in the next phase if the loopholes aren\'t addressed. Richard Obet, the Kabarole district health officer admits the irregularities but says the district has taken action. He cites the suspension of five health workers who were arrested for selling mama kits.

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