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, Medical Centre then Nutritional Rehabilitation Unit 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 death 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 child birth and whose families are not able to care for them. It is an important part of the vision for PV to try and prevent some of these babies ending up at PV and the best way to do this is help reduce mothers dying.
Since October 2017 women have been able to receive antenatal care in the form of scans to help them understand what is happening with their pregnancy. Any complicated cases can then be referred to the local Hospital.
Work on the new delivery unit took place in 2017 and was completed by the end of the year. The beginning of 2018 has seen the first delivery of baby Nyiramutoza and we hope that there will be many more safe and happy arrivals in the months and years to come. It is also a goal is to reduce 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 new project, please contact Ruth. We need funding for midwifes and nursing staff for this unit alongside the 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.