Health Care
Improving health care in the community

FLOW is the Health Care sub-committee of Care for Uganda. It was formed in November 2012 to utilise a grant obtained from the UK Government by our sister organisation PONT (Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust). It consists of GPs, Hospital Doctors, and Midwives.

It has been working in the Makulubita sub-county of Lowero District providing and facilitating training for volunteers from local villages. The volunteers are trained to three levels:

Community Health Promoters(CHPs)

This is the basic level health worker we train. They receive four separate weeks training in health promotion, hygiene and sanitation, and first aid.

Operational Level Health Workers (OPLs)

The best CHPs are invited to an extended training course consisting of two 2-week residential courses where they are taught enhanced clinical skills along with organisational and management skills.

Traditional Birth Referral Attendants (TBRAs)

These are individuals who have traditionally assisted women in labour using ancient, primitive methods. Originally called Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs), the training they receive is designed to educate them about the advantages of adopting more modern practices including encouraging women to deliver in the safety of health care facilities rather than in their village huts. The aim is to reduce the appalling rate of maternal and infant mortality in Uganda.

Since 2012 FLOW have been able to train:

In Makulubita sub-county:

90 Community Health Promoters (CHPs)

90 Traditional Birth Referral Assistants (TBRAs) and

30 Operational Level Health Workers (OPLs) 

 

In Nyimbwa sub-county:

90 Community Health Promoters (CHPs)

90 Traditional Birth Referral Assistants (TBRAs) and

30 Operational Level Health Workers (OPLs) 

 

FLOW has also donated three motorbike ambulances in Makulubita sub-county and three motorbike ambulances in Nyimbwa sub-county.

FLOW is providing funding for monthly monitoring in the six areas where Village Health Teams have been trained. This provision is assessed on an annual basis.