In 2022, Doctors with Africa CUAMM continued its activities to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic with support aimed at keeping routine services accessible and ensuring their quality (most importantly, maternal and child services, but also others), and to support the country’s vaccination campaign by assisting with logistics, transport, the supply of fuel, the cold chain, staff support, date registration and collection and community awareness-raising campaigns.
Our mentorship program aimed at developing the skills of health workers in the area of maternal and neonatal health (obstetric and neonatal emergencies, triage, early child development, adolescent health, infection prevention and control) continued on into 2022 and then wound down. Given the vital importance of these activities, we continued to support the training of health workers, including through a new project in Lango and Karamoja.
Doctors with Africa CUAMM continues to prioritize maternal and child health, and in 2022 was honored at the 2nd National Safe Motherhood Conference with an award for the best supporting and implementing partner for safe motherhood activities and service delivery in Uganda.
In Karamoja, our interventions for tuberculosis and malaria control and our support to the Matany Hospital continued. We bolstered our integrated reproductive health and community approach interventions thanks to an integrated community system. Of particular importance was our support for the opening of a blood bank in Moroto.
As part of the “Mothers and Children First” program, we proceeded with our support of Aber Hospital and the surrounding health network in Oyam District. The adolescent health component, featuring services and activities at the health, school and community levels, continued to grow in terms of the numbers of services offered and young women reached. In 2022 CUAMM also launched an intervention to fight malaria in Kole and Oyam Districts focused primarily on mothers, pregnant women and children under the age of 5; it entailed activities at the hospital and in schools, communities, and health centers. A pilot digitization project was also begun at Aber Hospital with the aim of achieving more effective and efficient patient management. 2022 also saw much activity in terms of both the Junior Project Officer (JPO) program and research, the latter in Karamoja on nutrition and tuberculosis and in Oyam and Kole on malaria, especially during pregnancy. Finally, our mobile clinic program (surgical camps) to provide eye surgery to the local population, South Sudanese refugees, and others settled in the West Nile region entered its third and final year.
OUR HISTORY IN UGANDA
First doctor sent to hospital in Angal.
Bilateral health cooperation agreement between Italy and Uganda: CUAMM doctors begin working inside Ugandan health system.
Hospital in Arua rebuilt and hospitals in Maracha, Angal, Aber and Matany rehabilitated.
“Mothers and Children First” program begun.
“Mothers and Children First: The First 1,000 Days” (the period from conception through a baby’s 2nd birthday) program begun.
CUAMM returns to West Nile to support response to South Sudanese refugee crisis.
Intervention launched throughout Lango sub-region.
Project begun in support of eye health in Arua District.
Launch of the third phase of the “Mothers and Children First” program: “People and Skills”.