Davis Mukimba is a UNFPA/ACORD group volunteer who doubles up as a bike ambulance rider for Bukigai Well being Centre III in Buduuda district, on the slopes of Mount Elgon in Jap Uganda.
Just lately, the district suffered devastating landslides that led to the lack of lives, destroyed properties and displaced folks. The mudslides washed away roads and bridges, making it troublesome for folks to entry medical providers. The mountainous terrain made it significantly troublesome for pregnant girls.
Buduuda District Native Authorities owns the motorbike ambulance that he makes use of. Resulting from a scarcity of funds to finance a full-time rider, Mr. Mukimba volunteers his providers freed from cost.
“As a bike ambulance rider, I’m known as by group members at any time, generally in the course of the evening, to choose up pregnant girls who’re in labour. It is rather troublesome navigating the mountainous terrains with a girl experiencing labour pains,” he mentioned.
On common, he refers as much as 15 moms a month, each for inward referrals from the group to Well being Centre III and onward referrals to Buduuda Hospital.
Mr. Mukimba has fond recollections of some memorable experiences of his group service to make sure that girls ship safely: “One time, at about 8 p.m., I had simply sat down after an extended day’s work to get pleasure from a meal that was ready by my spouse, after I acquired a name to choose up a pregnant mom with issues from Bukigai Well being Centre III [and take her to] to Buduuda Hospital,” he mentioned. “Alongside the way in which, the sunshine of the motorbike gave up. I improvised with a torch all the way in which to the hospital, a distance of about 7 kilometres, the place she acquired help to ship safely.”
Protected delivery, even in a disaster
In a humanitarian disaster like that skilled throughout the landslides in Buduuda, household and group constructions typically break down, leaving younger girls and adolescent ladies particularly weak. A specific risk they face is the shortcoming to entry well being care and the providers they want. Well being centres and different key infrastructure could also be destroyed or inaccessible. Pregnant girls concern for his or her well being and the lives of their unborn infants as they surprise if they are going to be capable of ship safely.
In 2020, floods and landslides affected 45,000 folks within the districts of Bundibugyo in Western Uganda, Sironko and Buduuda in Jap Uganda, inflicting the displacement of greater than 18,000 folks.
UNFPA helps the work of group volunteers akin to Mr. Mukimba, to make sure that pregnant girls give delivery safely, with the assist of knowledgeable well being employee. Mr. Mukimba visits the affected communities to tell them of COVID-19 procedures – washing arms, sustaining secure bodily distances and carrying masks. Moreover, he facilitates the formation and mentoring of ladies and youth teams, mobilizes group members to take part in well being camps, and conducts group discussions on sexual and reproductive well being and the prevention of gender-based violence. Davis additionally carries out the mapping of pregnant girls in the neighborhood, and ensures they get referrals for antenatal care.
In 2020, with funding from the UNFPA Emergency Fund, 6,321 pregnant moms within the three affected districts had been mapped and referred to well being amenities for antenatal providers, and three,173 of them gave delivery safely with the assist of knowledgeable well being employee.