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Increasing Access to Safe Delivery

Future Health Systems

This is a film about the Safe Deliveries study project of the Makerere University School of Public Health which was conducted in the eastern Uganda districts of Kamuli, Buyende, Pallisa and Kibuku. The project sought to increase skilled deliveries through an intervention that comprised both demand (vouchers for transport and maternal services) and supply side initiatives (training health workers and provision of essential equipment, drugs and supplies). Although final analysis of data is still ongoing initial outcomes of the study which wound up at the end of 2011 showed increased community awareness about benefits of delivering in health facilities, and phenomenal increases in facility births, with an average of 1336 deliveries per month in the intervention area compared to an average of 461 deliveries per month in the control area (June 2010 -- June 2011, Facility records). Funding of the study came from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) through the Future Health Systems Research Consortium and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the Makerere University - John Hopkins University Twining Programme.