The Right Training Has Led to 100% Survival for Preterm Babies at this Ugandan Hospital

By Irene Mirembe, Knowledge management manager, IntraHealth International The BABIES matrix is a simplified quality-improvement methodology for collecting and displaying data. It was introduced and implemented by the Katakwi Hospital to improve services. Photo courtesy of Irene Mirembe.November 15, 2019Margret Imma from Uganda’s Katakwi District looks lovingly at her 4-month-old, bubbly baby boy, Orisa. He is glowing and Margret couldn’t be happier. This was not the case a few months ago, when Orisa was born too soon.“The pain and suffering that came with handling a preterm baby was unbearable,” Margret says.“I was worried he would not survive.” Complications from preterm birth account for nearly 1 million deaths each year. Without a major push to reduce them, we will notend preventable newborn and child deaths by 2030, which is a global goal that has been endorsed by 193 countries.The demands from the children’s ward are overwhelming. We receive so many mothers in distress.Katakwi district, in the eastern corner of Uganda, grapples with high disease burden. The most vulnerable are young mothers like Margret because there aren't enough health workers to meet the high demand for services, including life-threatening childbirth emergencies. The district hospital serves 38,000 people from across eight sub-counties and is a referral point for many coming through the Karamoja region.“The demands from the children’s...
Source: IntraHealth International - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health Education Performance Midwives Source Type: news

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