MAMA project

The project was started in August 2014 by UDHA together with the Swedish Organization for Global Health (S.O.G.H) with the objective of improving the life of mothers and their children during pregnancy and after birth, the project covers five villages of Maina sub-county including Maina, Mwezi, Kyete, Girigiri and Bulondo in Mayuge district.

The project also uses the CHW model to reach out to all pregnant mothers through a door to door sensitization and focuses on improving maternal and child health in all target communities by;

  • Increasing the uptake of ANC, PNC and FP services at facility.
  • Encouraging mothers to go for safe delivery at health centres.
  • Increasing the uptake of immunization
  • Decreasing on the rates of Mal-nutrition in babies around the community

Even during this COVID-19 break out,  community health workers are dedicated to performing the following tasks as below:-

  1. Educating communities on signs, symptoms and transmission routes of COVID-19. under this concept, people in every household raise questions on myths, rumors, and misinformation circulating in the community and answers provided to them by community health workers trained by a focal HIV/AIDS specialist from Kigandalo HCIV.
  2. Monitoring myths, rumors and misinformation within the community and inform local surveillance officer on the  covid 19 task force for Mayuge district.
  3. Providing education to combat stigma against community members (e.g. people with suspected cases of COVID-19 and their contacts;  and establish a front line to essential workers, contact tracers.  Community health workers  while in the households Speak out against negative behaviors and statements that encourage empathy and support to community members who are quarantining or isolating.
  4. Distributing leaflets to people in the communities and Promoting COVID-19 prevention measures such as physical distancing (>2 meters), wearing a mask, hand washing and observing SOPs related to respiratory hygiene such as (coughing/sneezing into elbow).  they also made sure they let People understand that most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, and using a mask prevents people who do not realize they are sick from spreading the virus to others.
  5. Encouraging community members to seek testing or clinical care for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or close contact to someone with COVID-19  as per the Ministry of Health guidance. They continously told people that tests were free and arranged at health facilities for the good of the community.
  6. Registering mothers for antenatal visits at house hold level and encouraging them to wear masks every time they are traveling or meeting their fellow friends or even when in public.

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