PACE, under its Merck for Ugandan Mothers (MUM) project, has donated a vaccine refrigerator to NAP Domiciliary clinic in Lweza, along Entebbe road in order to aid the administering of immunization services to the surrounding communities.
The refrigerator was donated to the clinic on 12th November, 2014, by Merck, Sharp Dohme (MSD), and PACE following an earlier request made by Lorna Namuleme, the clinic’s owner and a trained midwife, during the MSD donor visit in September.
Lorna Namuleme said that the nearest dispensary in the community is far, and the clinic misses a great opportunity given their large clientele.
“We were forced to stop immunization services because we had no viable way of preserving the vaccines. This has been a problem because we have high clientele and immunization is a very important aspect of providing holistic care,” Namuleme explains.
The Merck board, represented by Jackie Idusso, the Merck Key Account Manager, and PACE, donated the fridge to help bridge the gap in continuum of care-immunization under child care.
“Immunization is key in attracting mothers for postnatal care. Postnatal care is critical to assess the mothers’ healing after delivery and care for the new born babies, as well as uptake of other services like family planning, nutrition counseling, among others. Having this vaccine fridge will enable NAP provide immunization, which will in turn, encourage mothers to turn up for postnatal care,” Ms Idusso explains.
The 75 litre refrigerator will cater to at least 80 – 100 children that need immunization at the site on a monthly basis.
NAP is one of the 126 ProFam franchised clinics that offer maternal health services. These services are supported under the MUM project funded by Merck for Mothers, or Merck, Sharp and Dohme (MSD). The project aims to contribute to the reduction of maternal mortality in Uganda by improving access to high quality maternal health services in private sector. The project tackles the three delays that significantly contribute to maternal deaths in Uganda.
Under the first delay in seeking care, MUM empowers women with information and knowledge using interpersonal communication (IPC) by Village Health Teams, mass media and branded communication. In addition, a community health insurance and village saving loan schemes are being set up to support maternal health.
Under the second delay in accessing care, MUM is increasing access through having an Emergency Transport system with boda-boda riders trained to transport mothers to the nearest health facility. ProFam sites are also located closer to rural and peri-urban areas where the bulk of mothers live.
Under the third delay in receiving quality medical care, MUM trains and mentors ProFam providers, provides them with equipment and essential supplies required for better obstetric outcomes.
These interventions in maternal health under MUM are making a huge contribution in the reduction of maternal deaths in Uganda.