The Adara Group commits to strengthening maternal, newborn and child health services in Central Uganda to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. We will do this through holistic program development, high-impact interventions and training across the continuum of care to bridge tertiary and primary-level services. Adara will reach women and children in need of services in four districts in central Uganda – home to 600,000 people. Adara commits USD $4.5 million from September 2015 to September 2018 to this effort.
Adara will use social, behavioural and clinical research to implement this work in order to understand the communities we are working with and to continually evaluate our programme objectives to identify gaps in delivery of health services for women and babies. The interventions outlined in this commitment will be implemented through targeted research, capacity building, programme design and monitoring, and careful introduction of equipment and technology to serve the catchment area of 600,000 people. Through this commitment, Adara also seeks to change the way people think about the role of business in the world and the power of business/non-profit partnerships, by showcasing globally our innovative business-for-purpose model. Adara’s corporate advisory businesses donate 100% of profits to Adara Development. This covers all administration and core support costs, to allow other donors’ funds to be 100% directed towards projects.
In partnership with Kiwoko Hospital, we have implemented best practice tertiary care programmes for women and newborns through the neonatal intensive care unit, maternity ward, and community based health care programme. The survival rate for low-birthweight infants (< 2.5kg) in the NICU has improved by 29% since 2005. We have seen a 26% increase in maternity ward admissions in the past six years, and a 27% increase in antenatal appointments since 2013. We have begun making preparations for our scale up programme but implementation has not yet begun. Our team of neonatal experts is writing a newborn clinical care training manual with theory and practical training. We have further developed guidelines on the minimum resources required for newborn care and are establishing expert training teams to lead facility-based training activities and held preliminary discussions at a regional health facility.
Together with our collaborators from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Medical Research Council, we received a grant from Grand Challenges Canada/Saving Brains that will allow us to test an Early Intervention Programme, designed to support babies at risk of disability and their families. We are hopeful that this intervention will improve the functioning and quality of life including stigmatisation for these babies and their families. Adara continues to change the way people think about the role of business in the world and the power of business/non-profit partnerships, by showcasing globally our innovative business-for-purpose model.