Located on the East African plateau, Uganda, officially the Republic of Uganda, is also known as the "Pearl of Africa". Uganda is one of Africa's success stories when it comes to an effective national response to HIV/AIDS, but efforts to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity still remain a constant struggle.
Since 1998, the SOGC has been working in partnership with the Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Uganda (AOGU) to support capacity building initiatives of their professional association. With the support of the Partnership Program, the AOGU has grown into a vibrant professional association whose leadership and credibility is recognized nationally and throughout the region. The AOGU has considerably increased its activities, membership, and collaborations with other national and international stakeholders in the field of sexual and reproductive health.
ALARM International Program
The AOGU has developed the capacity to promote the ALARM International Program not only in Uganda, but to neighboring African countries as well. Ugandan AIP instructors have held international training for staff in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia. The AOGU has trained more than 300 health professionals in ALARM and has over 40 AIP instructors. More recently, the AOGU has taken a leadership role in a pilot project designed to evaluate the effectiveness of using the AIP for Health Administrators within Uganda.
FIGO Saving Mothers and Newborns Project
As part of the FIGO Saving Mothers and Newborns Project, the SOGC was twinned with the AOGU to support a 4-year initiative to reduce maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality in the Kiboga and Kibaale districts of Uganda. Specifically, the project aimed to improve women's access to and utilization of emergency obstetric care (EmOC) and essential newborn care (ENC) and to strengthen provision of EmOC and ENC within 6 health units of Kiboga and Kibaale Districts. The project involved community mobilization, facility improvements, training of health professionals in AIP as well as complex surgery for complicated cases, and training of community health workers in aspects of increasing demand for emergency obstetric care, especially birth preparedness.
The SOGC continues to work closely with the AOGU to strengthen the organizational capacity of their professional organization, through the FIGO-LOGIC Initiative (Leadership in Obstetrics and Gynecology for Impact & Change), funded by the Gates Foundation.
The SOGC's main partner in Uganda is the Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Uganda (AOGU), the national ob/gyn professional association.
* Financial and technical support for the creation of this website was generously offered by the SOGC's CIDA-funded Partnership Program
Photo Credit: Ann Lovold
|Median Age: 14.6 years|
|Life Expectancy: 51.75 years|
|Fertility Rate: 6.84 children born per woman|
|HIV/AIDS rate: 6.7% of the population|
|Infant Mortality Rate: 67.22 deaths per 1000 live births|
|Skilled Attendant at Delivery: 39%|
|Maternal Mortality Ratio: 880 per 100,000|
|Lifetime Risk of Maternal Death: 1 in 13|
|Child Marriage Rate: 24%|