Thank You, Mama Maria

By Mary-Ann Etiebet, Executive Director, Merck for Mothers This piece originally ran on Huffington Post. The article takes a look at how a midwife working for PACE, PSI’s network member in Uganda, is fighting one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world. Growing up, Mary Gorret Musoke, later nicknamed “Mama Maria,” was the only girl in

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Listening to Young Ugandans Reveals 4 Key Insights about Sex

By Nargis Shirazi Baguma, Youth Communications Coordinator, PACE Uganda In August 2016, with an investment from the Pfizer Foundation, PACE, PSI’s network member in Uganda, gathered 13 young people (ages 15-24) from various backgrounds and communities to discuss their concerns about the sexual and reproductive health of youth in their communities. The group participated in

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Voices From the Field: How Samosas Helped a Ugandan Mother Find Family Planning

By Shallon Rwecurenga, Area Program Officer, Eastern Region Seated at her workplace — a small metallic container that is rather hot with a mud floor and soot-covered walls — Grace goes about her usual business of making vegetable samosas, which she sells for a living. Grace, a middle aged mother of 13-year-old Victo and 4-year-old

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Mama Angel

Worth a Follow: Merck for Mothers

By Etiti Ayeni, Digital Marketing Consultant, PSI PSI likes to give shout-outs to our partners, peer organizations, and global health influencers working everyday to make good health a reality for men, women and children around the world. One of our partners, Merck for Mothers, promotes the health and well-being of mothers through private sector quality, accessibility and affordability

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LARCS contraception

Closing Uganda’s Contraception Gap with Market Development for IUCDs

By Noha Zeitoun Despite much progress in increasing access to modern contraceptive methods, in Uganda, the unmet need for voluntary family planning is still a high 34%. Barriers including limited choice, availability and knowledge have led to gaps in access and affordability for the girls and women who want contraceptive options. This week at the

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Interpersonal Communicators Working to Educate Communities on Family Planning

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI and and Alia McKee, Sea Change Strategies  Last week we introduced you to a clinic owner in Uganda, who is supported by PSI network member PACE. Clinic owners also sometimes use interpersonal communicators (IPCs) to reach women in villages and educate them on the services offered. Today we highlight

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Maternal Health Stories

Creating an “Uber” Motorcycle Service in Uganda to Get Expectant Mothers to the Clinic

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI and Alia McKee, Sea Change Strategies   On Tuesday, we introduced you to Jane Mpanga, who runs the Good Samaritian clinic in Kampala, Uganda, with support from PSI network member PACE. Today we highlight how motorcycle taxi drivers are helping her patients get the care they need. Naboth is 25-year-olds,

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PACE midwife Profam

Social Franchising Helps a Midwife Provide more Expectant Mothers in Uganda with Quality Care

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI and Alia McKee, Sea Change Strategies   If juggling multiple tasks were an Olympic sport, Jane Mpanga would have a gold medal. At the Good Samaritan Clinic in Kampala, Uganda, which she owns and runs, Jane checks in on patients, talks with her community outreach workers, reviews lab reports

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From Pharmacists to Warehouses, PACE is Improving the Health of Women in Uganda

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI and Alia McKee, Sea Change Strategies   Too often in Uganda, the basic essentials that women need to stay are in short supply. Women trying to access affordable essential medicines, contraception and clean birthing kits are often met with “We’ve sold out.” Kareem used to have to say that to

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Health Worker

Health Workers in Uganda Take Family Planning to the Next Level

By Kaylin Fabian, Online Fundraising and Communications Coordinator, PSI “Every time Ana sees me, she gives me free bananas.” That’s how one Ugandan woman thanks Huston Bireetwa for helping her learn about-and get-family planning. Huston says, “Ana gave birth every year, though she and her husband were very poor. When her kids were old enough, they

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Smart Investments in Maternal Health

Impact interviews Dr. Naveen Rao, lead of Merck for Mothers. In 2011, Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, created Merck for Mothers, a 10-year, $500 million initiative to reduce maternal mortality globally. Rao shares his thoughts on public-private partnerships and the importance of engaging local partners in efforts to improve maternal

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Spinning the Love Wheel This Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! And if you happen to be in Uganda, why not take Love Wheel for a spin. You never know what you’ll get! Plus News explains:

Spin the wheel and get a tip to spoil your better half; spend more time together or go out for a romantic evening: A new Ugandan HIV prevention programme hopes a “love wheel” will encourage couples to seek excitement within their own marriages rather than in the arms outsiders.

Reenah Kakuru has already noticed the difference the “love wheel” is making in her marriage. “Today he gave me money to spoil myself. Sometime back his ‘love wheel’ task was to call some of my friends over [to visit] and I could see him struggling because he was supposed to pick the best three among many and he did not know who they were,” she told IRIN/PlusNews.

“The greatest thing about it is that at the end of the day there is something to look forward to,” she added.

“It has a playful element in it, improves intimacy, builds relationship with family, friends and boosts creativity,” said Reenah’s husband Peter. “We have very demanding jobs that sometimes keep you very busy and you forget – but this is a relationship reminder that keeps you together as a couple.”

The wheel, categorized into eight thematic areas such as family, fitness, fun, friends and finances, has a number of tips relating to each theme. Currently stocked in supermarkets in the capital, Kampala, its promoters say they have sold more than 1,500 units since its launch in November 2010.

Having multiple concurrent sexual partners is a big driver in the spread of HIV and other STIs. Several PSI programs focus on encouraging single partnerships and the The Love Wheel, developed by by PSI’s Uganda affiliate, PACE Uganda is one of these projects. It’s an interactive game used by couples to identify simple ‘doable’ actions to keep the love alive.  The actions range froms simple things you may do on Valentines Day or any other day like flowers, a walk together or an evening out to sexual experimentation or going to religious service together.

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