PRONTO International in Uganda
Number of Participants Trained: TBD
Number of PRONTO Trainers and Master Trainers: 5
Funders: UCSF Pre-term Birth Initiative from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Collaborators and Partners: Makerere Center of Excellence in Maternal Newborn Health
In 2016, PRONTO, in collaboration with the Preterm Birth Initiative East Africa (PTBi) at the University of California – San Francisco, launched the PTBi project in the Iganga region, in Uganda, alongside a sister project in Migori County, Kenya.
The Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi) is founded on the belief that every child deserves a healthy start, regardless of the circumstances he or she was born into. PTBi aims to conduct research that will lead to better health for all at the very start—from a mother at conception, through pregnancy and delivery, to optimal care of premature infants—in order to reduce the rate of preterm birth and improve the survival and health of preterm infants.
Working in selected sites in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda, PTBi-East Africa aims to reduce morbidity and mortality from preterm birth by strengthening facility-based care from pregnancy through labor, delivery, and immediate postnatal period. PTBi-East Africa aims to reduce morbidity and mortality from preterm birth by strengthening facility-based care, from pregnancy through labor, delivery, and the immediate postnatal period. The project is a midwife-led mentoring model curricular package, focused on improving identifying, triaging and managing, preterm labour and birth, and preterm infants. *
For the PTBi project, PRONTO developed a facility-based simulation and team-training modular curriculum focused around identifying, triaging, and managing preterm labour and birth, and caring for preterm infants. The PTBi project is PRONTO’s first project focused around preterm labour and birth.
*Description courtesy of the Preterm Birth Initiative at the University of California – San Francisco