Beginnings is an initiative that seeks to partner compassion with strategy. This is a project that seeks to bring more than sentimental intentions to the needs of women and children on the fringes of society. With thoughtful consideration and long-term strategy, this project aims to develop a model that can translate effort into efficacy.
Launched by Oxford University students in conjunction with award-winning children’s charity Viva and Community Health Global Network, Beginnings wants to see measurable improvement in maternal and child health in the Namuwongo and Bwaise slums in Kampala, Uganda.
We will work with local medical professionals, church and community organisations, and the Kampala City Authority to deliver basic medical interventions to children aged 0-12 months, provide health information for pregnant and nursing mothers, and organise referrals for specialist treatment.
Beginnings will organise the community based response and link it to wider but essential services already existing locally. We will get more work going, equip those already there and connect it all together so that more children get better help.
The focus is local, but the vision is global.
The Kampala project is a pilot seeking to develop a model of cost-effective, community-driven maternal and child healthcare that can be reproduced across urban slums worldwide, significantly reducing maternal and child mortality, empowering women, and accelerating progress towards Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5.
The project working group in Kampala has already undertaken a baseline study of the community’s needs and is putting in place the networks which will deliver medical interventions. We’re now seeking funding so that we can get the project up and running and start saving children’s lives in spring 2012.
Uganda Health Sector Strategic Plan
The Lancet, Bhutta et al
UN Population Statistics