Project: Mobilise A Midwife
Location: Uganda, Africa
Date: 2014 – Ongoing
Charity Website: Mobilise a Midwife
Changing Lives in Rural Uganda
Mobilise a Midwife
Mobilise a Midwife is a Mother Health International project which raises funds to buy bicycles to help traditional Midwives in Uganda reach mothers. The project also provides local women with the Mooncup menstrual cup.
After a successful introduction of Mooncup menstrual cups in rural Uganda in 2014 we continue to work closely with Mobilise A Midwife.
The ambition of the project was to change the lives of women in a rural area of Uganda. With menstruation a burden for many women, there was an opportunity for this to change for the women in Atiak, a rural area of Northern Uganda. Here, Mother Health International founded Ot Nywal Me Kec Birth House (House of Birth and Peace). This Birth House serves as a community hub supporting traditional midwives in providing free maternity and infant care for the local community. Traditional midwives are the ‘wise women’ of the community. These women and others working at the birth house, including translators and cooks, seemed the ideal women to be the first recipients of the Mooncup menstrual cups.
No longer staying at home on the first days of their periods because of fear of visible leakage, stigma, and shame around feeling unclean, many of the women now using the Mooncup feel they can leave their home to fetch water, to sell produce at the market and go to school.
You can find out more about this project on the Mooncup blog.