Recently, I was watching news on local TV Station (NTV) in Uganda where in Yumbe District midwives use mobile phone light to help mothers deliver at Yumbe Hospital. The Hospital, having only about 100 beds, is meant to serve the half a million people in Yumbe District, but it does not have running water, and the solar power is unreliable, both things we take for granted on a daily basis. There is only one health centre IV in Yumbe District which is not operational because it lacks medical personnel therefore, all patients are referred to Yumbe Hospital. Imagine functional maternity and pediatric wards without running water, power and beds without beddings! Seeing all this, I felt something had to be done. This is what goes on at the Hospital! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Iwg7_A5r3w8
Therefore, we are hoping to raise enough money to install and upgrade the solar system and provide water filters for the Yumbe hospital to reduce on the maternal deaths. Significant challenges remain before us to fulfill the promise of MDG 4 and 5 for millions of women and children. Uganda is still lagging behind in the reduction of maternal deaths which by 2010, stood at 310, over twice the 150 per 100,000 live births target set by the UN to be realized by 2015. But the story goes on http://www.monitor.co.ug/SpecialReports/ugandaat50/When-midwives-turned-to-mobile-----phone-light-to-save-mothers/-/1370466/1638594/-/10v07u4/-/index.html
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