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 resuscitation training 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!!

Shallow Well Hand-Over

Safe Mothers, Safe Babies is pleased to share the official hand-over of the shallow wells funded by the Rotary International Grant. A special thanks to our Rotary partners in Rotary Districts #7210 and #9200.

Photo Credit: Katherine Meese

SAFE Board Member, Erin Glueckert, and Program Manager, Mohamed Mukalu (Medie), at the official hand-over event with representatives of Rotary International–our awesome funders!
Nothing sweeter than clean water!

eRanger Program Launch

After 3 long years of hard work, SAFE is pleased to announce the launch of the eRanger motorcycle ambulance program at Ibulanku Health Center!!! A special Thanks to all of our supporters, espeically the Rotary International Foundation and Rotary Districts #7210 and #9200.

Photo credit: Katherine Meese

Ibulanku Health Center manager, Sulamain Lule, speaking at the eRanger launch.

Dignitaries and local Village Health Teams in attendance at the launch.
Village Health Team members wear their shirts to the eRanger launch. By working with the VHT members, the eRanger program will be able to reach many more women in need of transport during complicated obstetric emergencies.

It’s official: the ribbon was cut!!

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  train health professionals and lay citizens in emergency obstetric care. Check back soon for updates from the interns!

World Malaria Day

In memory of all the millions of people who die every year from malaria, today is World Malaria Day. Malaria is of particular concern to pregnant women; pregnancy reduces a woman’s resistance to the disease and makes it harder to fight. Malaria is even more catastrophic for newborns. Help us stop the spread of this disease by expanding our Malaria Prevention Program. Visit: http://www.safemotherssafebabies.org/?p=what_we_do&s=malaria_prevention

Thank you!
– The SAFE Team

Humless Solar Project

Thanks to the generous support of a US-based alternative energy company, Humless, SAFE is initiating a quick capacity-building project to install innovative solar technology at six health centers within Bugweri Sub-County. Humless has agreed to provide their easy-to-use, lithium-based solar units (as opposed to lead-based), designed to last for many hours with one charge, to SAFE at cost and moreover to match donations dollar-for-dollar. Towards this endeavor, we are seeking to raise $3,000; we currently have raised $1,000. Your contribution to the SAFE’s Lighting Rural Uganda Project will be much appreciated! Please visit www.safemotherssafebabies.org for information on how to donate, or direct inquiries to safemothers.safebabies@gmail.com!

Erin Glueckert and International Women’s Day

We are glad to finally share pictures from Board Member Erin Glueckert’s recent trip to Uganda, where she attended International Women’s Day.

Erin giving Certification of Appreciation to the Source of the Nile Rotary


Erin with Kalalu Women’s Voice
Erin with Kalalu Men’s Development Group (KAMEDE)
Kalalu Women’s Voice preparing for their reproductive health drama,
performed on International Women’s Day (March 8), focused on the
theme “produce the number of children that you can support).

Shallow Wells

The construction of four shallow wells is officially underway! Well construction is being facilitated through our partner organization, the Uganda Village Project. Check out this page for more information on their safe water program: http://www.ugandavillageproject.org/what-we-do/safe-water/

Above: Shallow well constructed by the Uganda Village Project in Busembe.
Photographic credit: Anne Sherwood–www.annesherwood.com