Mar 1, 2010

Uganda-Mwera Health Center

AUTHOR:Dr Harry Strulovici, MD, MPHSOURCE:

Compilation video from multiple trips to Uganda (last trip February 2010) showing the Mwera Health Center IV (just below the level of a hospital), which is tasked with providing care to the approximately 85,000 people that live in the county of Busujju which is 70 Kilometers from Kampala. The clothes that you see along with the furniture and baby belong to a nurse/midwife who have taken up residence in the operating theater! The generator, ambulance are not functional...the only way a woman gets to the hospital for emergency care is by motorcycle...On one of my visits to the health center, the night before one girl (dressed in blue) aged 17 had given birth to her first baby (6 hours old) and another girl(dressed in green) aged 20 had given birth to her second baby (12 hours old). I was very lucky to be there considering that only 150-200 deliveries (without anesthesia or a physician present)  take place there in a year (they should be doing about 4000 deliveries!).


Did you know?

The leading causes of maternal deaths are hemorrhage, infections, unsafe abortions, high blood pressure leading to seizures, and obstructed labor.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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