The key link in our Uganda project is between the Rosie Hospital and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Mulago Hospital in Kampala. Our partnership started in 2014 as an extension of an academic project between the University of Cambridge and Makere University on the genetics of pre-eclampsia. The focus was on sepsis, post-partum haemorrhage (PPH) and pre-eclampsia / eclampsia (PET).
The workload of the Mulago Hospital is huge – in 2014/15 almost 40,000 babies were delivered – nearly eight times as many as in the Rosie. Despite the enormous efforts of the overstretched staff, the maternal mortality is nationally four times the target global rate set in the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. Our partnership is helping our Uganda partners to bring this rate down.
Our joint work went from:
- developing guidelines on some of the main causes of maternal mortality, to
- outlining how these guidelines could be practically implemented, to
- the training of doctors, midwives and students as multidisciplinary teams.
We are also supporting our partners in Mulago Hospital and Makerere University in the creation of a new textbook, ‘Principles of Obstetrics in Africa’, which will be published by Cambridge University Press (CUP). The book will sit alongside their current ‘Principles of Medicine in Africa’ and will be available free on the Internet.
“I cannot emphasise how important working abroad is; I genuinely wish I had done it sooner or for a longer period time. You truly get to see what your working abilities are, but you are also given the opportunity to build your own confidence and skills by learning from those around you, while making a difference.”