Czech model for decrease of maternal mortality in Uganda

Authors: J. Donát
Authors‘ workplace: Univerzita Pardubice, Porodnicko-gynekologická klinika Pardubické krajské nemocnice, a. s.
Published in: Čas. Lék. čes. 2009; 148: 338-341
Category: Special Articles


High maternal and perinatal mortality is the leading problem of the health care in developing countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, including Uganda. The main condition for decrease of maternal mortality is availability of an emergency obstetrical care in hospital accompanied by skilled team of specialists (gynaecologist, anaesthesiologist, paediatrician), which are able to treat all obstetrical complications and provide an intensive care to risk newborns. The Czech Hospital and School for midwives in Uganda was founded and build with the aim to accomplish a grant project for the decrease of maternal, perinatal and child mortality. Our project to connect emergency obstetrical care in hospital to villages and traditional delivery attendants by mobile phones shows a simple and original model, which can help to decrease maternal mortality in Uganda and in the other countries of Sub-Saharan Africa as well. The Czech-Uganda Hospital started its work on 19th February 2007 with a team of Slovak doctors; however, till now, after 2 years of work, it doesn’t fulfil its role of a specialised obstetrical department, which would be able to join its partners in villages and start the grant project for decrease of maternal and perinatal mortality.

Key words:
Uganda, maternal and perinatal mortality, model for decrease of maternal mortality, project of the Czech-Uganda Hospital and School for midwives.


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