What we do


In many developing countries women have no voice and are denied basic rights during their pregnancy. We encourage politicians and lawyers to enter the STM program to improve laws in their countries and ensure that mothers have basic rights. As William Wilberforce rescued slaves from the slave trade in the early 1800’s through the passing of abolition laws in British Parliament, STM works for new laws that ensure mothers receive the care they need during pregnancy.


One excellent way to spread a message is through the education system. We recruit educational leaders who are impacting young minds throughout the schools.

Social Services

In developing countries, change often occurs at the grassroots level through passionate social workers and community activists. We mobilize professionals in social services and equip them to spread the message to their communities.


Journalists help ensure that our message is spread to the widest possible audiences via newsprint radio and television. We equip media professionals to tell the story of mothers dying, and to share how to prevent it from happening.

Faith Communities

Religious leaders play a very important role in both providing and reinforcing positive health behaviours for mothers and their children. Many communities are much more likely to listen to advice of the minister/priest/imam before following the directions of a medical doctor. These religious leaders are being trained in the STM program to educate and empower their communities to improve maternal health. (Picture of STM at all saints church)


We congratulate those who completed their research and have successfully defended their work at the School of Research and Postgraduate Studies.

Students and Alumni (Change Agents)

Students and graduates of STM East Africa’s MPHL program are making a difference as champions and agents of change in their communities.

Projects - Mother Friendly Hospital Initiative

Save the Mother East Africa, recognizes the great need to ensure that quality health care for all mothers is available. This is in relation to poor maternal and child health indicators across the East African states.

In response to this Save the Mothers East Africa launched the Mother Friendly Hospital Initiative (MFHI). This initiative mobilized STM graduates as advocates and advisors for safe motherhood to work in partnership with four pilot hospitals: Mukono Health Centre IV, St. Francis Naggalama Hospital, St. Charles Lwanga Buikwe Hospital, and Kawolo Hospital in Uganda. 
Training for this innovative partnership happened in November 2011.  Hospital staff and 12 STM graduates attended a three day training session, which included instruction in quality improvement, change management and an introduction to the MFHI assessment tool.

The advisors used the assessment tool to identify gaps and work with hospital staff and other partners to address the gaps in the pilot hospitals. During 2012, the advisors conducted support visits to the pilot centres and these resulted into improvements in the respective sites. Some of the improvements included procuring hospital supplies and equipments, 22 mattresses for the maternity wards and installation of rain water harvest system for one of sites. The support visits also motivated the hospital staff. One midwife said: Your visits make us feel appreciated and this keeps us encouraged to do our work despite the low pay.


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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