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Healthy Child Uganda
Healthy Child Uganda Donations support this community-based project to provide child health training to Ugandan community volunteers and local health care practitioners.

Healthy Child Uganda (HCU) is a community-based partnership that works with local Ugandans to identify and address the problems that most impact health for mothers, babies and children. Uganda has amongst the highest maternal and child death rates in the world; most of these deaths can be easily prevented using low cost strategies.  Most child deaths are due to malaria, pneumonia, diarrhoea, measles and deaths in the newborn period.  Community education and programs encouraging good nutrition, clean water, mosquito nets and appropriate care seeking when illness does occur can avert needless child deaths. Maternal deaths can be prevented with birth plans, simple supplies (i.e. birth kits, locally known as ‘Maama kits’), basic equipment at health centres and improved training of health workers. HCU develops and provides training to volunteer community health workers as well as local health staff related to maternal and child health and provides support to those trained and special needs children in their communities. HCU is committed to three guiding principles: participatory development, health promotion and sustainability.

Healthy Child Uganda trained volunteers now number of 2500, reaching populations of nearly 350,000 people, 20% of whom are under five years old.  Whole villages where HCU works benefit from their trained volunteers and also from community initiatives such as community projects and transportation plans.  Health centres benefit from better trained personnel and equipment.  Results are impressive—dramatic declines in child deaths and prevalence of killer diseases like malaria, malnutrition and diarrhea have been well documented.  After a decade in many communities, change is very apparent, for individuals, families and whole villages.

Donations to HCU are directed to activities and projects of highest need.  Past contributions have seen thousands of mosquito nets and birth kits purchased, special training courses provided to volunteers, special needs children supported for critical rehabilitation and surgeries and care, and purchase of key equipment to support safe deliveries at health centres.

This project was developed with financial support from the Government of Canada provided through the Canadian International Development Agency.

You can contribute to Healthy Child Uganda online or by mailing a cheque along with a donation form.

An official tax receipt will be issued for donations of $10 or more.

 
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