Researching Male Engagement

Written by Isabella Chambers, Bristol University Medical Student undertaking research with USHAPE as part of her intercalated degree in Global Health I am writing this to you from Bwindi Community Hospital, where I am undertaking  research for my dissertation in Global Health. Working with Dr Leo and Dr Ceri on the ground in Uganda and…

A student’s perspective on the USHAPE course

Following on from Dr Leo’s recent report on the advanced family planning course at the nursing school last month we have a student’s perspective on the course…   We are greatly humbled and thankful for the USHAPE training that occurred in our school starting on 30th Oct to 4th Nov 2016, led by Dr Sue,…

Reflections from a new USHAPE volunteer

On 4th November we were very proud to see the graduation of all students of the level 2 USHAPE course. This year’s course was led by Sarah (Sexual and Reproductive Health dept BCH), myself, Ceri and Dr Sue Mann our visiting specialist. (Sue works in London as a Consultant in Reproductive Health). This was my…

Success stories from village health teams

Last month a team of hospital staff, led by Sarah Uwimbabazi (BCH family planning nurse), ran three one-day workshops for village health workers (VHTs) in the three sub-counties that the hospital serves. Village health workers were brought in across the country by the ministry of health in 2001 as a way of connecting communities to…

“Unthinkable, unbelievable and unacceptable”

Dr Claire Marie Thomas, USHAPE In Country Clinical Lead Every day in Uganda 16 women die during childbirth. Of those 16, 4 are adolescents. Young girls lives snuffed out before they have even begun. Dying because their bodies are too young, or pregnant too soon after their last delivery to cope. These numbers do not…

The Reality of Religion and Family Planning

Rev. Elizabeth Kamara, a recent graduate of the USHAPE Family Planning Level 2 Course and the Chaplain at Bwindi Community Community Hospital shares with us her views on the controversial relationship between Religion and Family Planning. As a write this, I am well convinced that there could be many people who share the same thinking…

Our new Pastor graduates the USHAPE Advanced Family Planning course

A New Year and a New Pastor has joined Bwindi Community Hospital, taking over the hospital chaplaincy from Rev. Bagaba. Rev. Elizabeth has thrown herself whole heartedly into life here at Bwindi, and in the spirit of this progressive forward thinking institution she has spent her first week undertaking the Advanced Family Plannng Cetificate with…

Want to join the USHAPE team on the ground in Uganda? 

RCGP International are currently recruiting for a full time qualified GP to volunteer at Bwindi Community Hospital next year for 12 months. Part of this role would involve implementing and supporting the USHAPE project on the ground in Bwindi. To find out more check out this video from our current RCGP volunteers Dr Claire Marie…

Peace’s Story

Dear friends and supporters of USHAPE, I am very pleased to introduce you to one of my favourite USHAPE graduates and a colleague of ours here at Bwindi Community Hospital…the delightful, compassionate and inspiring Peace Atwongyeire. Dr Claire Thomas, USHAPE Bwindi Clinical Lead I am called Peace Atwongyeire and I am currently working at Bwindi…

Training Nursing students

Last month Dr Ceri, Nurse Sarah and I had the very great pleasure of training the nursing students from Ugandan Nursing School Bwindi (UNSB) for the USHAPE level 2 Family Planning Certificate. It was an intensive 5 day course combining talks, group discussions, role plays, quizzes and many other interactive activities. The students were very…