Biomass smoke exposure is harmful to pregnant women, the baby in utero, and in early years of life. There is limited information on effective strategies to raise awareness of the risk and reduce exposures amongst pregnant and postnatal women.The intervention being implemented is a midwife-led education programme in the Jinja district of Uganda, aiming to teach midwives and other community healthcare workers about the dangers of biomass smoke and about reducing the risks to mother, foetus and young children.
For the training programme, following a Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle, the education materials in the form of a flipchart, leaflet and poster, were approved for use by the Ministry of Health in Uganda.
Primary outcome measures included pre-post knowledge questionnaires for mothers, midwives and Village Health Teams, and interviews with mothers to examine behaviour change intentions. Follow-up interviews to assess long-term impact are currently being analysed and will inform progression to widespread roll-out of this education programme in other parts of rural Uganda.
Health promotion artwork
University of Plymouth BA (Hons) Illustration students, Rachel Simpson, Skye Liu Tianzi and Georgina Moram, produced some artwork to demonstrate the messages of The Midwife Project.
- ? Horizon 2020 - €3,000,000
- ? International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) - €150,000
- ? MRC Wellcome and DFID Joint Global Health Trials - £162,880
- ? Harvard University - $100,000
- ? National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Programme - £2,000,000
- ? Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) - £53,000