Makerere University School of Public Health has joined hands with Kampala Capital City Authority and Population Services International in a three-year implementation science project aimed at improving maternal and newborn outcomes in slum areas.
Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Maternal and New-born Health (MaNe) Kampala Slum project aims at generating evidence on effective approaches for improving health services for the urban poor that can be scaled up in other urban settings within Uganda and world-wide, according to a project briefing.
The project is composed of three core functions with implementation jointly led by PSI and KCCA, evaluation and learning led by Makerere University, the policy function will be by KCCA.
“The project will be implemented in the slum communities and informal settlements in the divisions of Rubaga and Makindye in Kampala city,” the MaNe briefing reads.
“The project will initiate and test innovative approaches to address the demand and supply side barriers affecting illness recognition, care seeking, effective referral and provision of quality care equitably for better MNH outcomes in urban slum settings in Kampala city,”
The Principal investigators of the project include Associate Professor Peter Waiswa, Dr. Dorothy Balaba, Dr. Okello Daniel and Dr Hirschhorn, Lisa.