Reflections on USHAPE

Sarah Uwimbabazi, USHAPE Ugandan Coordinator, reflects on her experience with the project… Whole Institution Approach under USHAPE was the first project I worked with. At first I did not understand how this was going to impact the community. As a family planning coordinator and provider it never occurred to me at the beginning that it…

Initiating USHAPE training at Rugarama Hospital

Written by Dr Rosalind Briggs, RCGP Volunteer. Dr Rosalind was one of the graduates of the pilot Train the Trainers course held at Bwindi Community Hospital in January 2017, led by Dr Claire Marie Thomas, Dr Clare Goodhart, SN Sarah Uwimbabazi and Dr Ceri Gallivan. In March 2017 a week-long interactive training course was successfully…

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…

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…

Sugar Daddy Awareness

USHAPE (Uganda Sexual Health and Pastoral Education) is an integrated project operating in and around the hospitals (Bwinidi and Kisiizi), and in the schools of Kanungu; its central aim is to promote good sexual and reproductive health through both education and improved health service provision.   The aim of the Pastoral Lead Network developed by…

“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…

Rogers represents U-SHAPE at Mbarara FP conference

– Ampumuza Rogers of the Kanungu Pastoral Lead Teachers Network reports on a family planning workshop organized by the UPMB in Nov 2015. On 16th and 17th November, Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) brought major faith leaders to a regional dialogue about family planning to provide a common platform and information to challenge the status…