Friendship Home is joining with the United Church of Christ of Norwell on a fundraising effort to benefit Outreach Uganda's project to expand services at an existing clinic in rural northern Uganda. The expanded services would include maternity care and delivery services for pregnant women, follow-up care for the mothers and babies; as well as immunizations for young children.
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Currently, women are expected to walk 10½ miles to the closest health facility that offers maternity/delivery care.
This is an impossible feat to accomplish when it is time for a woman to
give birth. Yet, if the woman delivers her baby at home, she is later
harassed by the government health officials due to the increased
mortality rates during home births. And this is why Outreach Uganda
wishes to expand services at the existing local clinic to
include maternity care and delivery services, as well as offer
immunizations to children under five.
In addition, it will also provide immediate crucial care for newborns and young children if they have malaria or dehydration, which can quickly turn life-threatening.
The project will also include immunizations for young children (many children currently do not receive any immunizations).
The expanded services at the existing clinic are crucial even for maternity care during pregnancy. During rainy seasons, the 10½-mile trip to the nearest facility can take even longer due to having to walk in ankle-deep (or higher) mud from flooded roads, and perhaps with the woman needing to take her other children along with her.
Upon the completion of this project, one of the hardships Ugandan women face will be reduced, and many lives of women, babies, and children under five will continue to be saved for years to come. Thank you for your support!