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Making Every day International Women's Day

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Written by Samantha Sarra International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the strides we have made towards a more equitable world and a commitment to continue the work that still needs to be done. Every day is International Women’s Day at Shanti Uganda where everything we do is about working towards a world where birthing mothers and women living HIV/AIDS are supported, empowered and able to develop their full potential. For us, today is a day to celebrate the advances in the community while also reflecting on the challenges that are ever present. While many women currently enjoy the...

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Lessons in Maternal Mortality

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Blog Post written by 2012 Yoga & Seva Journey participant, Madeleine Shaw Midwifery has always struck me as more of a vocation or calling than a career choice. I have never heard of anyone "falling into" it, for example, and the midwives I have had the good fortune to meet have been without exception models of competence, compassion and gravitas: one does not take such women lightly. As part of our time spent with Shanti Uganda, on their 2012 Yoga & Seva Journey, we were briefed on the current state of this issue by Sister Mary, the birth clinic's Head Midwife....

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Birth of a Mother

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Written by Samantha Sarra - Shanti Uganda Supporter The birth of my daughter was the most precious gift I have ever received.  It took 40 weeks of pregnancy and 36 hours of labour to get that one perfect moment that was the first time I held my baby in my arms.  During the agonizing journey of active labour, one thought kept strengthening me through each contraction.   A sense of sisterly solidarity with all the other birthing mothers around the world at that very moment.   If they can do it, I can do it, I told myself.  In the weeks following...

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Annual Safe Motherhood Day - Luweero

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*Blog post by Shanti Uganda volunteer Lauren of her experiences in Uganda*                         Safe Motherhood Uganda is a yearly event put on by the Ugandan Ministry of Health, along with dozens of other NGO, governmental, and local organizations all dedicated to health and wellness that somehow intersects maternal healthcare. This year it was held in Luweero district, and in fact, the events were held in the futball field around the corner from the Shanti Uganda volunteer house! A collaboration of folks from around Uganda began preparing the previous through a series of meetings and...

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Village Outreach - Katuugo

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*The following blog is a post by Shanti Uganda volunteer Lauren and her experiences in Uganda* Village Outreach- Katuugo              The ride on the boda (motorcycle) lasted nearly 20 minutes. I wanted it to never end. Through fields of coffee and maize, roads and hills I have never dreamt, homes of brick and stick and mud, dozens of school children scrambling through football yards and too big bicycles- we roamed. Not entirely sure what to expect, and somewhat unaware of where we were going, we arrived in Katuugo, greeted by the warm face of a man I had...

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