“So she was just giving a story of the first delivery she carried out. She hadn’t had any training, but she had seen her aunty go to the bushes to pick up local herbs to help women deliver. She then returned to deliver her stepmother’s baby. She was around sixteen years old.” John translated for me. Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) like this lovely “geja” (grandmother) highlight the relevant role of traditional medicine in the community of Ddegeya. On the other hand, TBAs demonstrate the need for educated maternal care and safe deliveries.
69.39% of Uganda’s population is under the age of 24. In addition, Uganda has the 5th highest birth rate in the world. These statistics emphasize the importance of investment in childhood care, so that beautiful girls like these can have bright and healthy futures.
Rashida, 11, brings her little brother in to the clinic to receive immunizations. It is not uncommon for girls Rashida’s age to look after multiple younger siblings.
One of the best part of Wednesdays here, is that mothers can bring their children into the clinic for immunizations at very little cost. Babies like this adorable little girl can remain healthy and smiling.
This Christmas, please consider a different kind of gift-giving. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Engeye is currently fundraising for the construction of a maternity center. This center would quite literally give the gift of life to the community of Ddegeya and leave a sustainable impact for years to come.
Click the pictures above to get a firsthand look at maternal health in Ddegeya and click the link below to donate.