HOW WE WORK
At Infants' Health Foundation we identify a remote hardest to reach community with few or without health facilities where the roads are in poor state, where majority women have to move for 5km or above to access a nearby health facility.
We establish working relationship with the existing government health facilities and community groups that support us with workforce, identifying the targeted homes, provide us with advice and relevant information concerning the community. And taking up the project so that it is eventually transitioned in the community.
After, we track for pregnant mothers in the chosen remote villages and those nearer each other are mobilized and organized into manageable groups of 15 to 25. They select a convenient home of one member within the group where our nurses meet them on weekly basis to offer the maternal child health services.
Three-to-four government health workers (including at least one midwife) and their equipment are transported weekly to the chosen homes to meet the mothers so they can provide services, including antenatal checkups, vaccinations, postnatal checkups, birth information, family planning, anti-retroviral treatment, malaria treatment, HIV tests, child checkups, and other life-saving services.
Transportation, together with the community groups we identify a community member looking for economic opportunity and we mostly target the orphans, school dropouts, persons living with HIV/AIDS. We then microfinance our motorcycle to the identified individual and as a condition he/she must be available on the chosen day within the week to transport our nurses to the chosen groups of the mothers in the area he/she operates. Also available to provide transport to mothers in cases of referrals, emergencies and times of deliveries to health facilities. The remaining days, the motorcyclist runs his/her business.
We realized that it was necessary and very important to bring the services closer to the low income women and their babies in hard to reach rural areas of Uganda rather than women walking for many miles at a great cost for the maternal child health services.