“As part of my seva project, I wanted to find a Canadian not for profit organization that is line with my core values. When I first came across The Shanti Uganda Society, I immediately felt a strong connection and a knowing that this is the one I would like to contribute to. Three easy reasons; they provide support to parents, they offer prenatal yoga teacher training and they offer Doula training.”
SHANTI UGANDA’s VISION
All women have access to a midwife and are able to birth safely within a respectful, collaborative care model.
SHANTI UGANDA’s MISSION AND WORK
Shanti Uganda improves maternal & infant health throughout Uganda using a unique collaborative care model that utilizes registered Uganda midwives as primary care providers and Traditional Birth Attendants as labour support.
The Shanti Uganda Birth House is a solar powered maternity center on one acre of land in the Luwero District of Uganda. The Birth House provides mother-centered care throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period and is staffed by a team of Ugandan midwives, traditional birth attendant and lab technician. The Birth House acts as a community hub from which Shanti Uganda runs family planning education, prenatal education, prenatal yoga, a Community Garden Program, and Teen Girls Workshops. Our operations are currently funded through grants, individual donors as well as our income generating activities, which include two training retreats and our volunteer program.
FACTS ABOUT MATERNAL HEALTH
Over 800 women around the world die during pregnancy and birth every day. 99% of maternal deaths occur in under resourced countries, half of those in sub-Saharan Africa. In Uganda alone, 16 women die during pregnancy and birth every – single – day. At least 14 of those deaths are preventable.
The UNFPA* has proven that midwives trained to international standards can prevent 75% of global maternal and newborn deaths and provide 90% of the care a woman and newborn need. Yet, in Uganda, skilled health personnel attend only 58% of all births. Uganda needs an additional 1400 trained midwives to provide universal maternity care coverage.
*The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), formerly the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, is a UN organization.
For more information on how you can personally donate, volunteer, and/or train to become a certified Prenatal yoga teacher or Doula at The Shanti Uganda Society, please visit their website at www.shantiuganda.org
The Shanti Uganda Society is a registered Canadian Charity (#819964412RR0001), Ugandan NGO, and a Private Not-For-Profit Medical Facility registered through the Ministry of Health in Uganda. All Canadian donations are tax deductible.
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Chelsy Anne donates 5% of all Prenatal Kundalini Yoga classes, Postpartum Doula care and Childbirth Education classes to The Shanti Uganda Society.