January 2017 Project Brief
Mildmay Uganda with support from Aids-Free Birth Right for Children (ABC) is implementing a 1-year project in Bukuya Parish and Bukuya Health Centre III in Mubende district of Uganda. The aim is to strengthen community awareness, mobilization, referral and follow up of pregnant mothers to increase uptake of eMTCT clients. The project also has an implementation research component which has one question: - Can enlisting community VHTs with Facility Based VHTs lead to increased access and utilization of eMTCT services? The project will achieve this by identifying, training, and facilitating an additional 20 VHTs in Bukuya parish to lead community based mobilisation, linkage, and follow-up of pregnant mothers.
Project Inception Meetings
2 Inception meetings were conducted at District Health Officer’s office and at Bukuya HCIII. The meetings were intended to secure buy-in from the district health management team and health facility staff. In total, 8 DHMT members, 50 community leaders, and 2 health facility staff were briefed about the project goal, interventions, and the additionally to be contributed by the project.
Selection and Training of VHTs
In accordance with the project design, 20 community based VHTs were identified and selected to implement the project. The VHTs were selected through meetings which comprised 2 staff from Bukuya Health Centre III, the area Community Development Officer (CDO), and Mildmay Staff. Five (5) days training was conducted at Bukuya HCIII to equip the newly selected VHTs with skills in community mobilisation, EMTCT, and facility linkage, referral, and tracking systems.
Community Mobilisation and Engagement
VHTs conducted mapping exercise of the entire parish to identify households with pregnant women, breast feeding mothers, and under 5s. VHTs also conducted community dialogues and so far have reached over 300 beneficiaries with health education talks related to EMTCT. For the last three months, over 100 new pregnant women were identified and referred to Bukuya Health Centre.
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