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Save the Mothers East Africa

The Save the Mothers (STM) Program offers a Master’s Degree in Public Health Leadership (MPHL), to working professionals from a wide range of disciplines and not only the health discipline. Save the mothers East Africa hosts the MPHL at Uganda Christian University (UCU), Mukono.

The MPHL started at UCU in 2005 with the aim of training multi-disciplinary professionals and contribute to improve maternal and child health in developing countries.

The MPHL students study on a part time basis over two years, completing the modular program with an intensive community outreach project. STM East Africa runs two different classes:
A class for national students that started in 2005  and another for international students which started in 2011.

Since 2005, nearly 450 East African leaders have come through the program. Graduates of our Master in Public Health Leadership program become champions and influence positive societal change, working to overcome preventable maternal and child death in their families and communities using their respective professions.

"Is to train local leaders to reduce maternal mortality within their own country."

"Is that no mother, or her child, should die from preventable causes."

"That universal access to safe maternal care in childbirth is a basic human right."

"In partnership with other like-minded groups and individuals." 


Save the Mothers was created when Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese, a Canadian obstetrician/ gynecologist from McMaster University, was confronted with mothers in need. As a volunteer with the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada and the ssociation of Obstetricians of Uganda, she discovered many of the causes of maternal death went far beyond medical barriers.

As a result, and in order to create awareness and lasting change, Dr. Chamberlain Froese worked with Ugandan colleagues (Dr. Florence Mirembe, Dr. Pious Okong, and Olive Sentumbwe- Mugisa) and founded Save the Mothers International (STM).

“This is not a woman’s issue. This is a development issue.”
~ STM Student

In 2005, STM launched its first program, a Masters in Public Health Leadership, at Uganda Christian University (UCU), near Uganda’s capital, Kampala. STM immediately became one of UCU’s most valued programs. It has received accolades from officials like Janet Museveni, Uganda’s First Lady, and STM has enrolled several Ugandan Members of Parliament, high- ranking national journalists and other top professionals.

STM is recognized as a groundbreaking program because of how it links leaders from various disciplines to form a network for lasting societal change. It is built on the truth that maternal mortality is not just a medical issue, but a societal problem. STM’s founders realized this early, that the need is to train not just health workers, but politicians, journalists, lawyers, educators, clergy, community activists and other leaders. Further, the need is to then have them join forces to create change in their own culture.

In classes of 25 and in a modular format, these working professionals learn why mothers in their country are dying,

how they can make a difference in their spheres of influence, and how they can network with other societal leaders. Birthing a better future through training local health leaders. Creating champions for change. Creating maternal health advocates in government, media, academia and medicine

Save the Mothers

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

Telephone:+256 312 350 800 /840
Email Us: [email protected] OR [email protected]
University Web: www.ucu.ac.ug

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