Teso Safe Motherhood Project (TSMP)
Country of Operation
- International Midwife Assistance (IMA)Not-for-profit
SummaryThe Teso Safe Motherhood Project (TSMP) runs a health clinic/birth center for the most marginalized and vulnerable populations in and around the northeastern town of Soroti.
The objective of the partnership between IMA and TSMP is to provide high-quality and compassionate antenatal, birth and postpartum care (including birth control, childhood vaccines and pediatric care) to drive down the high rates of maternal and child mortality in the displaced population.Long term includes TSMP becoming an independent, self-sustaining organization that can fund, staff and manage its own projects and becoming a maternity hospital to offer surgeries.
Key program components
IMA provides TSMP with training, capacity building, administrative oversight and governance. IMA staff and volunteers regularly provide critical insights, deliver lessons learned and ensure best practices are followed operationally at the clinic. IMA has nurtured the small clinic into a bustling Level III health center. The birth center offers special assistance to women during childbirth, increasing the chance of a safe delivery and a quick and efficient response to complications during childbirth.
To increase the number of women using childbirth service, TSMP provides:
Free and safe transport to laboring women at any hour of the day or night
Free and comprehensive prenatal, labor, delivery and postpartum care
A safe, clean and well-stocked birth center and recovery rooms
Community education in the form of a drama troupe and radio interviews to spread the word about the risks of at-home births and the services available to them at TSMP
Highly trained and compassionate medical staff to attend to the mothers' and the babies' needs