Studies have shown that the first week after birth is the most dangerous for mother and baby and in Uganda, less than 50% of new mothers have access to postpartum care services. In general barriers to care include:
- Negative perceptions on seeking care outside of the home and the extended family
- Limited or lack of access to care facilities
- Lack of awareness or education on postpartum care, hygiene and danger signs
To fight maternal and infant mortality in this critical period, Shanti Uganda has launched a new project funded by Grand Challenges Canada called Propelling Motherhood. Propelling Motherhood aims to visit at least 480 postpartum women and babies and provide 1,920 home visits all to create a proven model that can be replicated in other districts of Uganda and around the world.