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)…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…