U-SHAPE: A trainee’s perspective

I am Barbara, aged 23 from Ntungamo district, a midwife by profession. I work at Bwindi Community Hospital, located in Kanungu District, Uganda. I took part in Level 1 and 2 U-SHAPE training in June 2015.

I decided to do U-SHAPE training because I wanted to save people’s lives in our district. Where I work there are many young girls who die at a young age due to HIV and the consequences of early marriage.  In addition to this, many women lack knowledge about family planning and end up delivering many children whom they can’t take care of.
U-SHAPE has helped my work so much, especially with mothers who come to deliver at the hospital. Many of them now take up some of the methods we offer, after receiving health education about the benefits of family planning.

My favourite experience with U-SHAPE has been going out to the villages to meet the Village Health Workers (volunteer community health workers).  I was confident enough to teach them about the benefits of family planning. We also spoke with them about how to approach the adolescents in the village and offer advice, as youths are easily taken by many worldly desires and they end up being destroyed.

I would love to do more U-SHAPE training, especially becoming a trainer myself! I would like to go to other countries outside Uganda to get more knowledge about family planning and sexual health. That’s my hope and vision.

Long live Bwindi Community Hospital, long live Uganda! For God and my country.

– Kangabe Barbara, Midwife, Bwindi Community Hospital, Uganda

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