Ms Hannah Webster – Supporting Maternity Care in Uganda

Supporting Women’s Empowerment and Respectful Maternity Care in Uganda

Ms Hannah Webster, University of Salford, awarded £19,615:  Promoting Respectful Maternity Care in Low Resource Settings: Bringing ‘Whose Shoes’ to Fort Portal, Uganda

Maternal Mortality in the third-world

Uganda has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework focuses on improving Maternal Health through gender equality, human rights, empowerment and poverty reduction.

Ninety-nine percent of all maternal mortality occurs in low and middle income countries where delay in deciding to seek care contributes to poor maternal and new-born outcomes.

Disrespectful care both undermines women’s human rights and disempowers them, and it results in poor levels of engagement with public services and damaging delays in accessibility.

WECare: Supporting Women’s Empowerment and Respectful Maternity Care in Uganda

Through empowerment of women and collaboration between healthcare staff, stakeholders, families and communities WECare will improve the well-being of mothers and babies.

WECare involves an action-research collaboration between UK Volunteer Midwives working through Knowledge for Change and our Ugandan peers in Kabarole District, Uganda.

Motivated by the success of ‘Whose Shoes’, WECare examines conceptualisations of respectful care in the context of Ugandan public services and seeks to develop mechanisms to empower mothers and engage them in service planning.

In-depth evaluation and adaptation will provide an evidence-based blueprint for policy transfer to other settings.

This was co-funded by The Royal College of Midwives, and Burdett Trust for Nursing