The MOMENTUM Pilot Project is a 20 month partnership jointly implemented by the Royal College of Midwives and its partner the Uganda Private Midwives Association (UPMA). It has been funded by the UK government and managed by the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET), running from September 2015 to April 2017. The project is in response to previous work undertaken by RCM Global Midwifery Twinning project (2015) which recommended that there was a need to develop national standards for learning and assessment in practice, support midwives to improve their mentorship skills and support the development of a module to help midwives prepare for mentorship. In January 2016, 7 volunteer consultant midwives including Lead Midwife for Education at UWS Hilary Patrick, went to Uganda to work in partnership with designated midwifery twins to support them to improve the quality of safe and effective midwifery care through the development of mentorship knowledge, skills and attitudes. Hilary’s remit is to develop the CPD Mentorship module and to deliver mentorship training.
Uganda has a population of over 40m people with a birth rate of 44.17 births/1000 population. The maternal mortality rate is 343/100,000 live births and neonatal mortality is 19.20/1000. Women deliver their babies in a variety of settings from Government funded hospitals and Health Centres to the private sector hospitals and clinics while a significant number also deliver alone or with the support of a traditional birth attendant (TBA). It had been estimated that approximately 60% of women deliver outside the available services.
Hilary will now maintain monthly contact with her Ugandan Twin to offer support, advice resources and test elements of the CPD Module, and will return to Uganda in January 2017 with the rest of the team with a remit to deliver the completed CPD module and a substantial planned programme of mentorship training/updates.