Lwampanga sub-county is found in Nkasongola district. Getting there will take you about 3 hours from Kampala, the capital city. This was the one of the places where Save the Children held their community engagements as they publicize the Every One Campaign and also a petition to the government on behalf of mothers and children about the achievements of the MDGS 4&5.
The petition is going to be presented to the president of Uganda. It is a reminder of the commitment made by the Government of Uganda in 2000 alongside other governments on the Millennium Development Goals. The government was supposed to allocate resources, time and effort to certain areas of development. The goals were to be achieved by the year 2015.
August marks the beginning of 500 days to the end of those 15 years. Have we done enough? Do the people know anything about the MDG’s or is it something that the government and CSO’s have kept to themselves? If the communities know, what have been the different challenges met in realizing especially MDG 4&5 that accrue to Maternal health and New born Child Health. These were some of the things that Save the Children sought to know as this community engagement was carried out.
Right after we had arrived at Lwampanga Health Centre III before the engagement started,we saw a small pick-up truck quickly drive through to the front of the health center. The midwife that we had picked up from Nakasongola central quickly rushed and wore gloves and was headed to the back of the truck. Within seconds the resident midwife rushed through with sterilized items in a small ball. After a while I saw a child wrapped in a cloth taken into the health center labor ward that was just an empty bed. Then a man [who I later learned was the husband] helped the woman off the truck and she was taken in to the labor ward as well. All this happened in less than 5 minutes. Then the story began to unfold, and heart breaking it was.