Home Health Mayuge: Uganda Breweries Donates Maternal Health Equipment Worth Shs100m

Mayuge: Uganda Breweries Donates Maternal Health Equipment Worth Shs100m


The Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) Spirited Women employee group has donated a universal anesthesia machine to Mayuge Health Centre IV.

UBL Spirited Women network is an employee resource group within UBL established to engage, retain and develop female employees in the business, providing them with a platform to thrive and make an impact.

They also take part in other initiatives which support other women in the communities in which UBL operates and beyond.

Speaking at the handover ceremony at the Ministry of Health offices, Juliana Kagwa, the Corporate Relations Director of UBL appreciated the medical doctors at the health center for their dedication towards providing quality antenatal care for all the expectant mothers that come to the facility. 

She as well applauded the midwives for their unwavering commitment to helping mothers in labor have a safe delivery.

“As women at UBL, donating this maternal health equipment offers us an opportunity to support women in Uganda and make an impact in society, which also contributes to the broader UBL agenda on promoting inclusion and diversity under our Society 2030 sustainability strategy,” she said

The 2016 Uganda Health and Demographic Survey, indicates that there is a reduction of maternal mortality  from 418 per 100,000 live births deaths in 2006 to 336​ ​per 100,000 in 2016. 

The survey says that even then, some 6,000 women and adolescent girls still die every year from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. 

For every woman or girl who dies, an estimated 20 or 30 suffer injuries, infections, or life-long disabilities, including obstetric fistula. 

Dr. Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health said that efforts from organisations like UBL will help the ministry in eliminating maternal deaths.

“We celebrate corporates like UBL for being businesses with a purpose. They find needs in the communities and utilize their resources to address them,” she said 

Dr. Diana Atwine the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health

The donation is part of the corporate society of safe motherhood campaign, spearheaded by Stanbic Bank, which seeks to support and build awareness for maternal health, providing hospital equipment to select health facilities and donating mama kits for the welfare of mothers in underserved hospitals. 

According to UNFPA, providing the recommended level of maternal health care would cut maternal deaths by approximately two-thirds.

The UBL Spirited Women network comprises 147 female staff in UBL who are dedicated to creating and strengthing connections, supporting each other in career planning and personal development, as well as make an impact by raising awareness on various health topics. 

Under Uganda Breweries’ ‘Society 2030 Spirit of Progress Agenda’, UBL continues to champion inclusion and diversity throughout its value chain to see that women have equal opportunities in the workspace. 

The brewery rolled out an apprentice program for women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) to shift the gender representation within the sector. 

This program aims to absorb 10 of the 30 trainees every year. At the most senior level, the board is made up of 44% women, and their goal is to have their senior leadership team 50% female by 2030. The brewery was also the first corporate company in Uganda to provide six months of Maternity Leave, fully paid to its female employees.

Speaking at the handover, Dr. Sedawula Mike, Senior Medical Officer, Mayuge Health Centre IV thanked UBL for the generous donation we’ve received today.

“It brings us so much joy and confidence to take care of mothers experiencing labour at the facility.  I believe that mothers are now more confident to come and deliver from this facility, unlike when some mothers opted to travel to Kampala, where such services were readily available. We are now more equipped to handle complicated cases for mothers who will be giving birth through C-section,” he said

The universal anesthesia machine has been uniquely designed with a monitor, vaporizer & ventilator. It can work both manually and automatically with a 6-hour backup in case of any power outage. The machine also has a seamless transition to room air when compressed oxygen is unavailable.

UBL has partnered with Stanbic on other initiatives such as the ROOTs Tree Planting campaign, Taasa Obutonde plastics management campaign and currently working together on pioneering a Plastics Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program in Uganda. 

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