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…

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…

Pre-Service Training for Family Planning in Uganda

USHAPE are honoured to again share with you an article written by the American journalist Barbara Thomas, whilst undertaking missionary work in Uganda. On this occasion Barbara has written about the Family Planning Training undertaken by nurses and staff at Bwindi Community Hospital.   Family Planning Training for Uganda Nursing School Students Barbara Thomas  …