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RCM volunteers to begin project in Uganda

8 January, 2016

RCM volunteers to begin project in Uganda

The RCM’s global team has recruited seven volunteers to join their latest project to address midwifery mentorship and training in Uganda.

This weekend, the chosen volunteers will fly to Uganda to begin their volunteer placements as part of the project MOMENTUM: developing a MOdel of MENTorship for Ugandan Midwifery.

MOMENTUM aims to proactively address the poor quality of mentorship and training that student midwives currently receive in Uganda and will be jointly implemented by RCM and the Uganda Private Midwives Association (UPMA).

This will be the first of two four-week trips that the volunteers will make, with the second visit in 2017.

Between visits, they will connect with their ‘twins’ virtually to provide support, guidance and clinical expertise; and to work on their joint work streams.

All the volunteers will be working in Kampala and the surrounding region including placements at Mukono and Kiwoko in the central region of Uganda.

The seven volunteers come form across the UK and include senior midwife Sue Deakin, midwife George Castle, midwife Patricia Cosgrove, midwife Kate Mondeh, lead midwife for education Hilary Patrick, PHD student Aine Alam and retired midwife Elizabeth Bannon.

Four Ugandan midwife twins will visit the UK in late 2016 to undertake clinical site visits to observe a different context of midwifery and mentorship, and to deliver a paper at an RCM conference about developing their workplaces as sites of midwifery mentorship excellence in Uganda.

RCM global policy advisor Joy Kemp said: ‘MOMENTUM will be working with the Ugandan Nurses and Midwives Council to develop a new national standard for midwifery mentorship.

‘Additionally, MOMENTUM will be developing a work-based module for midwives to train as mentors, and will be working in four clinical pilot sites to improve midwifery mentorship in practice.

‘I wish all seven of our volunteers the very best of luck as they embark on this life-changing journey and work on a project that will ultimately help to improve the care of both women and babies in Uganda.’

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