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Inaugural Stanbic Maternal Health Week

Stanbic Bank, Miss Uganda and the Shanti Uganda Society Team up to Bring Uganda the Inaugural Stanbic Maternal Health Week

Stanbic Maternal Health Week 2014:  “A Week to Celebrate Safe Motherhood”

Inaugural Stanbic Maternal Health WeekIn partnership with Stanbic Bank and Miss Uganda and in celebration of Midwives’ Day and Mothers’ Day, the Shanti Uganda Society will be launching the first annual Stanbic Maternal Health Week at 9:00 a.m. on May 5, 2014 at the Stanbic Bank branch located at Forest Mall in Kampala.

The May 5th Launch will usher in six days of scheduled activities taking place from May 5-10, 2014.  Each day of Stanbic Maternal Health Week will feature free and informative workshops and health screenings.

The public is invited to visit the workshops and health screenings at any time between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and to meet Miss Uganda Stella Nanutmbwe.  Additionally, on each of the days, Shanti Uganda will offer a live lecture from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. and free yoga classes starting at 5:00 p.m. The workshops will also offer games, raffles and prizes on each day.

  • The theme of Monday, May 5th’s workshop will be AIDS/HIV awareness.  On that day, the Shanti Uganda Society will offer free HIV testing, and other health screening tests such as blood pressure checking and cancer screening.  The live lecture will address the state of HIV/AIDS in Uganda. There will also be a demonstration by Shanti Uganda’s Women’s Income Generating Group, a group of women living with HIV.
  • On Tuesday, May 6, the workshop will feature information about affordable and effective methods of family planning.  A live lecture beginning at 12:30 will demonstrate the significance of family planning and how planning can improve the health and financial stability of Ugandan families.
  • On Wednesday, May 7, the Shanti Uganda Society will be educating the public about the importance of Ugandans living a healthy and holistic lifestyle.  There will be all-day yoga, juicing and cooking demonstrations throughout the day, in addition to the 12:30 p.m. lecture on holistic health.
  • On Thursday May 8, the workshop will feature the theme “the Girl Effect”.  Ugandan advocates will impress upon attendees that the future of Uganda’s development lies in the hands of educated young women.   The 12:30 lecture will feature a girls’ empowerment expert speaking about the important roles that women play in communities, families and societies.
  • On Friday, May 9, the Shanti Uganda Society will introduce Ugandans to the revolutionary concept of “mother-centered care”.  That day’s 12:30 lecture will address the Comfort Measure for Birth.
  • Finally, the 2014 Stanbic Maternal Health Week will culminate in Saturday, May 10th’s program about Nutrition and Pregnancy.  Attendees will learn about herbs, juicing and what “super foods” to eat for healthy pregnancy.  As with all the other days of Stanbic Maternal Health week, the public can also participate in games and raffles throughout the day and a free yoga class that begins at 5:00 p.m.

The Shanti Uganda Society was started after Shanti Uganda’s founder, Natalie Angell-Besseling travelled to Uganda in 2007 on a one-way ticket after the United Nations h

ad declared the war in Uganda the most neglected crisis in modern history.  After working in a government-run hospital, Ms. Angell-Besseling decided that she wanted to improve maternal health for poor Ugandan women.

Every day in Uganda, 16 women die giving birth; most of those deaths can be prevented with simple medical measures.  “I wanted to support the Ugandan women I met.  They put so much faith and hope in their children, and I wanted to improve their chances, and their children’s chances for survival “said Ms. Angell-Besseling.

And thus, Ms. Angell-Besseling founded the Shanti Uganda Society, an NGO officially registered with the Ugandan government.  “Our mission is to improve the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of communities impacted by poverty, HIV/AIDS and war in a way that is both sustainable and deeply rooted” reports Ms. Angell-Besseling.

Since Shanti Uganda’s founding, every single baby born at the birth house has survived and every single birthing mother has lived through the delivery.

“This fundraiser will bring us closer to our dream of expanding our services to the people of Uganda and also making our facility a bit more comfortable for the people who are employed at the Shanti Uganda birth house” said the Executive Director of the Shanti Uganda Society, Ms. Sadie St. Denis.

For more information about Stanbic Maternal Health Week, contact Isabel Bacalao, Program Coordinator, at 0755 686 450 or coordinator@shantiuganda.org or Nadhira Al-Khalili, Event Manager at 0794 306 774 or development@shantiuganda.org.

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