Photo: Obstetrician nurse with obstetric simulator maintained by an African Care organisation. On the table, supplies for village midwives, such as toiletries and a baby heartbeat listening device.
Earlier this spring, the Student Union of the University of Turku decided on this year’s 0.7 development cooperation targets. The targets this year are African Care Association’s project in Somalia and the Guides and Scouts of Finland’s project in Uganda. The selected targets focused on promotion of the rights of girls and women and supporting education. A total of € 2736.50 has been donated to both projects, half in the spring and another half in the autumn. TYY has received reports on project activities during the summer.
African Care Association operates in Somalia, where maternal mortality is the sixth highest in the world. Long distances and inadequate health services make giving birth particularly dangerous. To meet this need, African Care operates an obstetric clinic in the city of Afgooye near the capital, Mogadishu, where mothers in the area can safely give birth. In addition to maintaining the clinic, the project also trains village midwives to support mothers who due to a long distance are unable to give birth in the clinic.
With the help of TYY, African Care organised two village midwife training sessions in June 2019 for 30 women working as village midwives or nurses. The trainings included information on risks that pregnancies have and how to identify them, how to handle prolonged labor and how to prevent infections. In addition, participants were provided with supplies that they could use in the future. With the help of trained village midwives, it is safer for more and more women to give birth.
TYY's second donation this year is the Guides and Scouts of Finland’s project No Missed School Days in Uganda. The purpose of the project is to promote a positive attitude towards girls' schooling and to instill menstrual hygiene and gender sensitivity into Ugandan scout organisations’ programmes. Menstruation is still a social taboo in Uganda, but young people also have the readiness and need to receive information. The research commissioned by the project highlighted the potential of schools as a place to safely talk about menstruation. The project will be implemented in schools in Eastern Uganda, where they will learn, for example, how to make sustainable menstrual pads.
Photo: The Guides and Scouts of Finland’s No Missed School Days project teaches how to make sustainable menstrual pads.