Improving the Life of the African Child

 

This week, we celebrated the Day of the African Child. The African Child needs access to quality affordable health services, clean water, and education, a violent-free childhood among several other things to help them grow into healthy productive Africans. Unfortunately, the African Child has to compete with many other African children for these services. The African Child has to contend with the fact that these services do not reach and every one of them due to the fact that governments are unable to cope with the large populations of their countries.

The ProFam franchise is working to help the next generation of African children have better access to these services through the provision on quality affordable family planning services for both women and men, as well as ensuring child survival.

 

With funding from different partners, the ProFam franchise is implementing key interventions in child survival and malaria. The Global Fund has funded the distribution of long lasting mosquito nets, as well as the creation of demand and availability of first line treatment of malaria drugs that ProFam has undertaken. Also, with funding from DFID, ProFam is also implementing the Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) aimed at controlling four infectious diseases: pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria and neo-natal sepsis, the first three of which are responsible for up to 46% of child deaths every year. Under ICCM, ProFam provides anti-biotics for pneumonia and neo-natal (new born) sepsis, anti malarials for malaria and ORS and zinc for diarrhoea.

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Family planning services are extremely important. Family planning itself improves the health of both the mother, and the children who are well-spaced when they are born. There is also the economic planning benefit of being able to properly plan and budget for one’s family over a long period of time.

However, there is a noted gap in the provision of these family planning services in Uganda. Did you know that only 26% of married women are using a method of contraception; that 34% of married women have an unmet need for family planning: 21% are in need of spacing and 14% are in need of limiting?
These statistics from the 2011 UDHS survey are just a few that show the gap that needs to be bridged in the provision of family planning services in Uganda.
ProFam clinics are well equipped to answer any questions and provide both short term and long term family planning options.

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We also need to save the lives of the mothers who give birth to these children. Maternal health is an important area in which the ProFam franchise is providing intervention in, most specifically, reducing maternal morbidity as a result of Post-partum hemorrhaging.

Post-partum hemorrhaging (PPH) is the loss of more than half a litre of blood (500ml) after child birth. This blood loss can lead to hypotension, anemia, fatigue and even death. In fact, PPH is a leading cause of maternal morbidity in Uganda.
Women can get treatment for prevention of PPH, in the form of the drug, Misoprostol, at health centers which is one of the reasons they are encouraged to give birth at a health center.
As one of its services, ProFam clinics avail treatment for prevention of PPH and train qualified providers on how to use these drugs to save lives.

Clinics part of the ProFam franchise are safe and provide affordable quality family planning services in an effective and efficient manner. The service providers are trained so that they can fit within the accepted standards for the franchise. The clinics are also given technical assistance in the form of drugs like anti-malarials, Misoprostol to prevent PPH in mothers who have just given birth, products like IUDs and implants, long-lasting insecticde nets, and equipment to improve on the quality of services delivered to their clients.

Clinics part of the ProFam Franchise are more than 202 in number, spread out over 56 districts in Uganda including Lira, Mbarara, Mbale and Masindi. To access these services, visit any health center with the ProFam logo

 

 

 

 

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Delivering the Postive Living life style to prolong lives!

 It’s important to remember that communities continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS. Access to HIV Prevention and Treatment for HIV/AIDS should be universal and priority.

 High level of stigma surrounding HIV /AIDS in our communities prevent people seeking their HIV status or from seeking care and speaking honestly with their partners if they know they are positive. With new infections increasing each year, our efforts should be geared to making HIV Care services available and in a stigma free setting.

 Thankfully the National HIV prevention strategy spells out the renewed plan to face this epidemic and this is what as a country we should focus on than things that might throw us back in the dark 1990s era where stigma, fear and discrimination toward HIV/AIDS ruled the day!

PACE has been delivering the Basic Care Package to People living with HIV to help fight off opportunistic infections. The Package includes commodities such as a mosquito net, condoms and a water vessel to keep safe clean water among others.

 The starting point is for every one to take an HIV test so that they get to know their sero-status. There are guidelines in the HIV strategic prevention plan if one is negative such as advice on safe sex behavior, condom use and access to free safe male circumcision. If one tests positive there are packages for them such as access to treatment, and advice on positive living so as to stop the spread of infection.

Protecting your sexual and reproductive health is one of the positive living practices that need to be adhered to, this also includes consistent use condoms correctly to protect oneself and sex partner from contracting STIs including HIV.

Discussing reproductive health options with the health provider in case one desires to become pregnant is a good lifestyle practice that clients can adopt, this coupled with always choosing the dual protection method like using condoms combined with other contraceptives like pills, IUD, to avoid becoming pregnant protects one from re-infection and being pregnant.

If a client living with HIV/AIDs is pregnant, access safe delivery services in a safe environment under the supervision of a skilled health care provider at a health facility near them

Another Positive living lifestyle is delaying HIV disease progression by making regular visits to health facility and seeking the services of trusted health care provider in case one is sick. Taking the right doses of the medications (ART &Septrin) at a convenient time as prescribed by the provider is good

 

A peer educator during a home visit to one of the Basic Care Package recipient

A peer educator during a home visit to one of the Basic Care Package recipient

Also Seeking immediate support from people one trust if they are having any trouble with taking their medications, looking after their physical health by avoiding behaviors that harm their health like alcohol or other drugs/ smoking cigarettes is key. Having a balanced diet, exercising regularly and drinking clean safe water is a good practice.

 Seeking psychosocial support from skilled counselors/peer support groups helps people feel better, being actively involved in local support group to learn new skills and make life better for all People Living with HIV in the community and always sleep under a long lasting insecticide treated mosquito net needs to be emphasized

 Taking a shared responsibility to protect oneself and their sexual partner, encouraging them to test for HIV, being aware of ones rights as a PLHIV (right to health, dignity, freedom of expression and movement, privacy, confidentiality and informed consent) and accepting ones HIV status, disclosure to their partners and family is key. Communities that support PLHIV access up-to-date information on HIV risk reduction behaviors from their peers and health providers promote positive living.

Therefore Promoting a shared responsibility for preventing HIV among your partners, friends and colleagues for every HIV positive person is important if we are to combat this national tragedy.

ProFam Provider wins International Midwife Award

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Sr. Agnes Kasaigi of Buwenge Hospital( a ProFam Clinic) won an International Midwife Award in Prague. She was among the 56 midwives from 17 countries nominated for the award. Buwenge Hospital is one of the many ProFam sites in Eastern region that provide quality FP/ RH and Maternal health services to the ‘sara’ in Jinja and Buwenge.
More details in the links below;
http://www.healthynewbornnetwork.org/press-release/ugandan-wins-midwifery-award
http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Ugandan-wins-midwifery-award/-/688334/2337442/-/5o9p7f/-/index.html

PACE recognized by Rotary International

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PACE recognized by Rotary International

PACE partnered with Rotary International to create awareness on cervical cancer through a rotary run that attracted over 1000 people across Kampala. PACE is implementing a project that seeks to provide quality cervical cancer screening and prevention services. During the Run, PACE provided cervical cancer counseling, screening services and referrals. Thank you Rotary for the appreciation.