My name is Atim Elizabeth Mugisha. I am a resident of Oloo Atidi village, Amuria Parish, Aloi subcounty, Alebtong District in northern Uganda. I am a female, born on March 5th 1997, the last born in a family of six children. Due to several deaths that occurred in our extended family following the two decades of war and HIV/AIDS pandemic, my family keeps a number of orphans. This has greatly affected my family livelihood and my education, being the last born. I completed Ordinary Level of Education and sat for Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) in 2015 where I successfully passed in Grade II. I have now been admitted for a two and half years training course in midwifery at Lira School of Comprehensive Nursing.
Statement of commitment
Thousands of women and newborns still die of preventable deaths from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications in poor settings in Uganda. Delivery with a skilled birth attendant is a vital intervention for saving lives. Yet many women, particularly in northern Uganda where maternal mortality ratios are highest, do not have a skilled birth attendant at delivery. In Uganda, only 58 % of women deliver in a health facility, despite approximately 95 % of women attending antenatal care (ANC).
According to the 2009 State of Midwifery Training Assessment Report by UNFPA Uganda, the gap in the number of filled midwife positions has decreased from 1,961 to 1,043 as stated in the Human Resource for Health Audit Report of 2012. This decrease was registered despite a massive recruitment effort by the government. However, the staffing norm does not reflect the actual need of the increasing Uganda population.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a mid-wife is supposed to conduct not more than 175 deliveries annually. However, due to a shortfall in midwife numbers, it is estimated that a midwife supports between 350 to 500 deliveries a year. This is overwhelming, yet Uganda needs 3,000 more midwives to meet the required minimum staffing norms. The World Midwifery Report of 2014 indicates that access to skilled birth attendance will mitigate child birth-related complications up to 87%.
I am pursuing a two and half years course in Midwifery at Lira School of Comprehensive Nursing. On the other hand, my career vision is to be able to provide midwife services to marginalized communities in war ravaged northern Uganda.
“I was inspired into midwifery when I visited my mother at her work place. She is a senior nursing assistant with over 30 years of experience in both nursing and midwifery. I saw a young mother lost her first child during child delivery, when, my mother had to conduct child delivery for four mothers at ago. Because she couldn’t attend to every mother at the time of need, one mother out of carelessness her baby dropped down and died.
I had to make a personal decision to go and do the interview for training in midwifery. Studying a two and half years course in midwifery in Uganda is very expensive. It costs not less than ten million shillings (about $3000), which money many people cannot afford. No any other girl in my village has studied midwifery nor nursing except my mother who had some local training 30 years ago. After completion, I will return to my community, not only in helping mothers deliver but in other complimentary services like family planning. The reason I am asking for financial support to help me pay for my training in midwifery. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. Helping mothers deliver gives me joy. I am certain that if I do not complete this training I would never have the opportunity to achieve my career goals.
It is therefore my humble appeal to individual well wishers and organizations to donate for my training course. Your donation of 10$, 50$, 100$ will add up to $850 for first semester and $500 for each subsequent semester including tuitions and other requirements. “Acts 20:35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”