Foundation for Reproductive and Tropical Health

Improving the health of families and communities through decent health care, research and capacity building

Foundation for Reproductive and Tropical Health (FORTH) 

INTRODUCTION

 

The Foundation for Reproductive and Tropical Health (FORTH) is a community based organization established in Sironko district to contribute to the national efforts of providing quality and comprehensive reproductive and Tropical health services. FORTH was established in 2009 in response to the growing need for provision of critical health services needed to reduce morbidity and mortality in Uganda.

Tropical medical and maternity hospital (TMMH)

Tropical Medical and Maternity Hospital has made efforts in establishing services for Emergenecy Obstetric and Newborn Care (EMONC) services. In its new home, the hospital now has a theater that has been equiped with the basic equipment, drugs and supplies and personnel to handle all types of EMONC cases. The hospital now acts as a referral site for over five districts in Eastern Uganda. In the first four months of its establishment, the new site has provided EMONC services to over 160 mothers and no maternal mortality has so far been registered. The hsopital is geared towards providing adequate facilities for comprehensive EMONC services

 

“Thanks for saving my life” - NJ

Thank you for saving my life.... is a common expression for many patients who have gone through difficult moments. However, for Neumbe Jane (NJ), it was an expression beyond just life. She is a 25 year old young lady who came to TMMH in shock due to a ruptured uterus and dead fetus. More..........

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Family planning services

TMMH is partnering with Marie Stopes Uganda (MSU) to provide free planning services to people in Sironko district. The Blue Star programme involves Community based distributors (CBDs)sensitizing communities and distributes FP cards to those who take the decision to get FP services. Those with cards are referred to TMMH from where they are counseled and the method of choice is provided. In this programme clients are encouraged and counseled to use long term FP methods like Jadelle, Implanon, IUDs, Tubal ligation and vasectomy. In addition condoms and other short term methods are also provided. 

Maternal morbidity and mortality remains very in Uganda where over 430 mothers die per 100,000 live births. In addition, more that 6000 suffer serious complications. Fertility rate is very high at 6 and contraceptive use is 42%.

Family planning provision still remains very resulting into very high unmet needs. The challenges range from illiteracy, misconceptions among clients to complex health system issues. 

The foundation for reproductive and tropical health (FORTH) aims to contribute to reduction in tropical and reproductive health problems through implementation of evidence based programmes and interventions.

The family planning programme aims at reaching communities with messages and services to improve uptake and utilization of FP services in order to reduce fertility rates and pregnancy related morbidity and mortality.

Contact

Tropical Medical and Maternity Hospital is located at Plot 18B, Bufumbo Road, Off Busamaga Road, overlooking the Rugby grounds in Mbale Town, Uganda, East Africa.

Phone: 0772636263 or 0784677694

Email: tropicalhealthorg@gmail.com

"Imbalu" Cultural Circumcision for Bamasaba in Sironko District, Uganda

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Uganda Health Sector Stategic plan III realeased

 Uganda's Ministry of Health recently released the Health sector strategic plan  III (HSSP III) for the period 2010/11 - 2014/15. This is a plan that build on the the first two plans i.e. HSSP I & II. The plan aims at providing the highest possible level of health to all people in Uganda through promotion, prevention, curative and rehabilitative health services at all levels. It also adopts approaches that are 'client centered' and promotes rights to highest attainable levels of health. The HSSP III has four priories and these are:

  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Child health
  • Health education and,
  • Control and prevention of communicable diseases (HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis)

FORTH's mission and core programmes on maternal and child health are in line with the HSSP III priorities