|Deborah, with husband Philip, chopping home-grown lemons for marmalade over coffee and birthday cake|
|The Betts' beautiful home in Makindye, Kampala|
|My 'bloggers' view from the Verandah|
We spent Tuesday at Kiwoko Church of Uganda Hospital (approximately 3 hours' drive from Kampala), meeting some inspiring midwives and midwife teachers and leaving Sue, one of our volunteers, there for a few days to work with the Midwife Training School and the Maternity Unit, to help assess their capacity for learning and teaching in clinical practice for student midwives and newly qualified midwives. Sue and Patricia will return there next week. The highlight was seeing their nice (by Ugandan standards) labour ward and neonatal intensive care unit, providing high quality care to mothers and babies and training for student midwives. We also met some beautiful Ugandan women who had recently given birth to twins and triplets normally, a rarity in the UK these days.
ALL PICTURES TAKEN WITH PERMISSION
|With medical director and staff at Kiwoko, under the banner 'We treat, Jesus Heals'!|
|Newly born twins|
|Mum of triplets, born normally, cup feeding one of her babies|
|With the midwife teachers at Kiwoko School of Nursing and Midwifery|
On Thursday we held a workshop with the Midwives Association to assess their current capacity and determine how they have developed over the past 2 1/2 years since our project began. Though I helped to plan it and did a presentation, it was mostly facilitated by the President and the Executive Director, who have really grown in confidence to take the lead at events such as these. We broke into groups and 'enjoyed' a beige (all the food was decidedly colourless!) take-away lunch from a local restaurant. The workshop was very successful and included prayers and singing. Uganda is such a great example of religious tolerance: one of the workshop energisers was a rousing chorus of 'Give me oil in my lamp, sing hosanna' led by a Muslim Midwife! It was an exhausting day but also very encouraging and shows that real progress has been made. See more on assessing the capacity of midwives' associations
|Ugandan midwives learning how to read a research paper|
|Discussing how the association has developed during the lifetime of the twinning project|
|Lamla, UPMA's secretary, fully engaged with the workshop and presenting at the plenary feedback. She is a hidden gem, full of institutional knowledge|
Next week I will be meeting with DFID and facilitating another workshop with UPMA's external stakeholders to discuss the way forward. Look out for the next and final blog from Uganda in a few days!