What we do

Innovative Change

STM East Africa started operating in 2005, with its first partnership program at Uganda Christian University (UCU), near Uganda’s capital, Kampala, aimed at reducing the obstacles to safe childbirth. This training program for leaders in Uganda, leading to a Masters Degree in Public Health Leadership, equips professionals from diverse professions to make a difference in their sphere of influence, giving them the tools and skills they need to become strong advocates for change and build new societal infrastructures.

Students are working professionals who study on a part-time, modular basis over two years, completing the program with an intensive outreach project that challenges them to reenter their sphere of influence and prove that their new found skills will make a difference. It is designed so participants can continue to work while studying.

“When you save a mother’s life, you save the best person to raise her children, feed, clothes, vaccinate, and educate them, and also contribute to her community, her economy, her environment. Save the mothers and you can save the world.”
~Sarah Brown, Wife of former Prime Minister of the U.K.

The almost instantaneous profile of the Masters program, and the level of interest by applicants (most modules, more than 100 apply for 25 seats), shows the need to train people to be advocates. Professionals are recruited to the program through media advertising, regular information sessions and personal invitation. Each class has 30 students. Student profiles include four Members of Parliament, journalists (national newspapers, radio), teachers, clergy, military, health workers and a micro-financier.

At Save the Mothers we believe that a multi-disciplinary approach is needed to save some of the 342,000 mothers and four million children who die in the developing world annually due to unsafe childbirth. The burden falls on more than just health professionals, and simply building more hospitals and clinics is not the solution. Rather, the societies where mothers live need to be awakened and changed from within. There are five important spheres of influence, along with health care, that have a direct impact on the number of mothers dying;

Dr. Miriam Mutabazi, Director, Save the Mothers East Africa
Dr. Miriam Mutabazi, Director, Save the Mothers East Africa

Save the Mothers

Uganda Christian University
Bishop Road
P.O. Box 4, Mukono, Uganda

Telephone:+256 312 350 800 /840
Email Us: savethermothers@ucu.ac.ug OR jchamber@mcmaster.ca
University Web: www.ucu.ac.ug

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