Maternal health is a human rights issue. Our work to reduce maternal mortality in Uganda grew from a clear need -- 16 women die every single day due to pregnancy and childbirth complications, and Uganda has the second highest fertility rate in the world -- and has evolved thanks to our strong partnerships with Ugandan midwives, health workers and community leaders.
Every woman has the right to respectful care and to make informed decisions. Unfortunately, this right is not a given in many places -- we’re working to change that.
Our unique model integrates respectful, collaborative care into a maternal health approach with proven results. We tackle maternal health challenges at the root and have created a sustainable model that can be replicated throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and other low resource regions throughout the world.
HOW WE'RE CREATING SOLUTIONS
Respectful, collaborative care
At Shanti Uganda, our highly skilled midwives, doulas and lab technicians provide a holistic approach to maternal health, starting with comprehensive prenatal health appointments, to fostering a supportive, respectful birthing environment, to offering postnatal care and follow-up well baby and immunization visits. Shanti offers additional workshops on nutrition, prenatal yoga and family planning to help support mothers and babies to thrive. We know that ⅔ of global maternal deaths are preventable with the help of a skilled midwife. That’s why our care starts and ends with our truly life-saving midwifery practice.
Identifying the Root Causes
While Shanti works to reduce maternal health inequities in Uganda, we also strive to address the bigger issues surrounding those inequities. By offering sexual health and reproductive rights workshops to both boys and girls in their preteen years, Shanti Uganda is working to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy in the country, which is currently at 24% of all girls aged 15-19. Similarly, Shanti Uganda addresses the whole family at its prenatal visits, testing fathers as well as mothers for STIs and offering counseling. By taking a holistic, family-based approach, Shanti Uganda is able to treat a community instead of just a set of individuals.
Shanti Uganda could not succeed in the ways it does without critical partnerships within the larger community. Thanks to our local champions in the health department, government and on staff, we are able to reach more and more mothers and bring our woman-centered model of care to more clients. Globally, Shanti Uganda continues to advocate for a collaborative care model for all women.
Investing in the Future of Uganda
Uganda is a country rich in natural resources and a culture based on family and interconnectedness. Like mothers all over the world, moms in Uganda want healthy, productive lives for their children. By offering focused and varied training to our midwives and medical staff, as well as multiple educational offerings to our clients, Shanti Uganda is investing in that want. About 18% of Uganda’s current population is under five years old. By creating scalable, sustainable solutions to the biggest challenges facing maternal health, Shanti helps prepare Uganda’s children and future generations for healthy motherhood.