Feb 17, 2011

Life For Mothers Meets With Village Health Teams in the Parish of Mwera (Mityana District)

WHEN:Feb 17, 2011LOCATION:Mityana, UgandaTHEME:Project ProgressINFORMATION:

On February 10th, a few days after his arrival in Uganda, Dr. Strulovici met with William Nabangi, Clinical Officer and Coordinator of the Village Health Teams (VHTs.) Thus far, 44 Community Health Workers (CHWs) have been chosen, 28 of whom are women and 16 of whom are men. Mr. Nabangi will recruit an additional 6 CHWs (specifically men) to complete the recruitment of the 50 CHWs, making a total of 25 Village Health Teams (representing the 25 villages immediately surrounding the Parish of Mwera).

Dr. Strulovici met with the selected VHTs this past Monday (Feb. 14th.) at a VHT orientation where he delineated LfM's plan of action. However, before the VHTs can receive comprehensive training in areas like family planning, HIV/AIDS, maternal/reproductive health and child survival, the CHWs will need to be tested for competency in the usage of specially programmed mobile phones. These phones are the method through which VHTs will collect medical information and register households in the Busujju Sub-county.

Those who are unable to be trained to use the phones will be replaced by new recruitments, who will also be tested. This process will continue until we have 50 highly competent CHWs who can then be trained in maternal/neonatal health interventions.

Did you know?

Maternal mortality is the health indicator that shows the widest gaps between rich and poor, both between and within countries.

Source:World Health Organization, 2010

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