Impressions of two short term USHAPE volunteers

Linda writes… From a background of being a GP partner for the last 20 years I became interested in contributing to USHAPE following a holiday in Uganda when I was struck by the lack of primary healthcare. I heard about USHAPE at a contraception update and got in touch with Clare Goodhart (USHAPE Clinical Lead)…

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…

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…

USHAPE in Kisiizi

Dr Emily Clark returned to Kisiizi hospital for a follow up visit from 4-20th November. “This was a fantastic chance to catch up with the Level 2 trainees from June 2015, to find out how they were getting on as family planning providers and to iron out any teething problems. They were all doing fantastically,…

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…

Engaging with Village Health Teams

Dr Ceri Gallivan, UK RCGP volunteer at Bwindi Community Hospital reports on the latest USHAPE activities in the Kanungu District This month we have had 4 days of VHT teaching in the community. VHTs are volunteer village health workers. There are several VHTs in each village and they are each assigned to a certain number…

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…