Maternal and infant mortality rate is 10 times greater in Uganda than in the US. More than 50% of mothers still deliver outside the Ugandan Health Centers by men and women called “Traditional Birth Attendants.” Some caring for Ugandan mothers may have little or no medical training.
Fifteen Ugandan Leaders run the Traditional Birth Referral Agent Program encouraging traditional birth attendants to refer mothers to health clinics for their deliveries. Membership of formerly local Traditional Birth Attendants has increased to over 380 members spanning 13 health centers in Eastern Uganda. Members now refer to themselves as "Bubulo East Traditional Birth REFERRAL Agents."
Mary Esther Nayke, a BETBRA leader, is also a midwife, and anesthetist at Magale Health Center, She travels to health centers and villages to teach midwives and birth attendants about safe deliveries and the importance of referrals.
The Albinism project began in October 2015 and was created to educate the local population about albinism. The leaders of the TBRA program have become involved in these teaching programs and conduct outreach programs throughout the communities surrounding the 13 health clinics.
Covering 13 health centers and their surrounding populations
Celebrating 3 years of the BETBRA Program
Officially registered in April 2017
Leadership: (from left to right) Gerald, Mary Ester, Patrick, Dr. Mark Gustafson