Prenatal Care Program

A woman’s chances of dying from a pregnancy related complication or during childbirth in Uganda are 1 in 49 (compared to 1 in 2,400 in the U.S.).

· As of February 2018, Asteroidea is covering 50% of the antenatal care that NUMEM provides to pregnant women. Remarkably, NUMEM provides this care at no cost to women.

· Asteroidea covers the costs of Maama Kits for every pregnant woman. Such a kit is often required of the patient to bring to the delivery facility and includes 2 pairs of medical gloves, 2 new razor blades (to cut the umbilical cord), 1 bar of soap, 2 gauze pads for cleaning the eyes of the newborn, 8 sanitary towels, 9 oz. of cotton wool, 1 polyethylene sheet on which the mother gives birth, and 1 suction bulb to clean the baby’s airway.

Since the start of the Antenatal Program July 2018, a total of 17 pregnant women have received full prenatal care coverage and Maama’s Kits.

 
Nurse Oryem Bosco attends to a young mother and infant during morning rounds in NUMEM clinic’s inpatient ward, July 2018.

Nurse Oryem Bosco attends to a young mother and infant during morning rounds in NUMEM clinic’s inpatient ward, July 2018.