Thank You Do Something!!!

A special thanks to Do Something (dosomething.org) for our $500 Seed Grant! Safe Mothers, Safe Babies summer team from Jefferson Medical College implemented our Seed Grant working with women’s groups and development associations on safe motherhood initiatives. The project was a HUGE success, and accomplished:

  • Helped two new women’s groups form, all of which conduct safe motherhood activities and outreach.
  • Provided safe motherhood training to 7 groups.
  • Worked with 3 groups on developing high-quality safe motherhood and general health education dramas.
  • Provided organic farming training (which is how the groups sustain their activities) to 7 groups.
  • Provided organic passion fruit and sweet potato seeds to 3 groups.
  • Registered 5 groups with the sub-county.
  • Provided group management and business training to 7 groups.
  • Provided emergency neonatal┬áresuscitation┬átraining to two health centers.

This project allowed us to reach more than 200 men and women with safe motherhood education, who are in turn educating more than 4,000 people in their communities. Each of three groups planting passion fruit and sweet potatoes will also strengthen the nutrition for at least 60 families; because the planting will be done organically (from the Do Something funded organic farming training), it will also overcome many fertility and health problems that local people have incurred after using pesticide improperly. Webale inho Do Something!!

Jefferson Medical Students in Uganda!

SAFE’s first volunteer trip of the year is in full force! Caitlin White, Melissa Vitolo, and Erin Shapiro–first year medical students from Jefferson Medical School–arrived in Uganda at the end of last week. They will be working with SAFE Program Manager, Mukalu Medie, and Iganga citizens to expand our work with women’s groups (including safe motherhood initiatives, nutrition projects, and income generation) and ┬átrain health professionals and lay citizens in emergency obstetric care. Check back soon for updates from the interns!