Potter's Village has always developed its services out of a direct need seen within the community it serves. First was the Child Crisis Centre, then Medical Centre followed by Nutritional Rehab and in the last few years a vision for Antenatal care and a Maternity Unit has been developed. Thanks to funding and hard work by staff onsite the unit is now up and running and January 2018 saw the first baby delivered onsite.
Sadly, maternal deaths are still very high in this part of Uganda, which is often why Potter's Village receives babies whose mothers have died during or soon after childbirth and whose families are not able to care for them. It is an important part of the vision for Potter’s Village to try and prevent some of these babies needing to be admitted to Potter’s Village, and the best way to do this is help reduce mothers dying.
Since October 2017 women have been able to receive antenatal care, including an examination by a midwife, and an ultrasound scan, to help them understand what is happening with their pregnancy. Any complicated cases will be referred to the local hospital.
Early in 2018, Nyiramutoza became the first baby to be delivered at Potter’s Village. We hope that the unit will help in reducing the number of asphyxiated babies and neonatal deaths.
It is a primary goal of Potter’s Village to help reduce maternal mortality and deliver healthy babies. We look forward to the challenges ahead.
If you feel moved to support this project, please contact the UK office. We need funding for midwives and daily running costs.
We are very grateful to K2 Medical Systems (www.k2ms.com) who have kindly sponsored free access to their Perinatal Training Programme for staff at Potter’s Village Maternity Unit. Thank you.