13% of Ugandans live in urban areas; the country is mostly rural. Only 10% of all health professionals work in Northern Uganda. The country has a high fertility rate and a low use of contraception resulting in one of the fastest growing populations in the world. The maternal mortality rate has declined by 36% since 1990 but it continues to remain high.
St. Mary’s Midwifery Training School in Kalongo has graduated midwives who are a significant influence in the declining maternal/infant mortality rates but there remains a way to go. St. Mary’s midwives not only provide safe deliveries but they educate communities on healthy practices, such as family planning, childhood development, the importance of prenatal visits, and disease prevention. Their efforts result in a healthier Uganda.
"When you become a midwife you will walk differently, you will laugh differently, you will treat life differently. Do not waste it. Being a midwife is a calling that came from your heart."
Ojara Alex, Nurse's representative at Doctor Ambrosoli Memorial Hospital
Speaking to the new class of Certificate Midwifery students May 2013