UBL Spirited Women donates to Mayuge Health Center |

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The enthusiastic Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) female employee group donated a universal anesthesia machine to Mayuge Health Center IV on Wednesday. This donation is part of the business campaign for safe motherhood, led by Stanbic Bank, which aims to support and raise awareness of maternal health, provide hospital equipment to selected health facilities and donate mama kits for maternal well-being in disadvantaged hospitals.

The UBL Spirited Women network is an employee resource group within UBL created to engage, retain and develop female employees in the company, providing them with a platform to thrive and make an impact.

Juliana Kaggwa, Director of Corporate Relations of Uganda Breweries Limited, spoke at the handover ceremony at the Ministry of Health office and thanked the health center doctors for their dedication to providing quality antenatal care to all expectant mothers who come to the facility. She also praised the midwives for their unwavering commitment to helping mothers have a safe delivery during labour. She called on Ugandans to prioritize maternal health in all spheres of influence.

“As women at UBL, donating this maternal health equipment gives us an opportunity to support women in Uganda and make an impact on society, also contributing to the broader UBL agenda for promoting inclusion and diversity as part of our Society 2030 sustainability strategy,” Kagwa said.

According to the Uganda Health and Demographic Survey, maternal mortality fell from 418 per 100,000 live birth deaths in 2006 to 336 per 100,000 in 2016. Even then, about 6,000 women and adolescent girls still die each year from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. For every woman or girl who dies, an estimated 20 or 30 will sustain injuries, infections or lifelong disabilities, including obstetric fistulas. According to UNFPA, providing the recommended level of maternal health care would reduce maternal mortality by about two-thirds.

The UBL Spirited Women network consists of 147 female employees in UBL who are committed to creating and strengthening connections, supporting each other in career planning and personal development, and making an impact by creating awareness about various health topics. Spirited Women also participates in other initiatives that support other women in the communities in which UBL is active and beyond.

Under Uganda Breweries’ Society 2030 Spirit of Progress Agenda, UBL continues to advocate for inclusion and diversity across the value chain to ensure women have equal opportunities in the workplace. The brewery has rolled out an apprenticeship program for women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) to shift gender representation within the industry. This program aims to take on 10 of the 30 trainees annually. At the highest level, the board of directors is 44% female, and their goal is to have their senior leadership team 50% female by 2030. The brewery was also the first company in Uganda to offer six months maternity leave. paid in full to its female employees.

“We celebrate corporates like UBL because they are companies with a purpose. They find needs in communities and use their resources to meet them, said Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health.

“We thank UBL for the generous donation we received today. It gives us so much joy and confidence to care for mothers who give birth in the facility. I believe mothers are now more confident to come and deliver from this facility, unlike when some mothers chose to travel to Kampala where such services were readily available. We are now better equipped to handle complicated cases for mothers who give birth by cesarean section,” said Dr. Sedawula Mike, Senior Medical Officer, Mayuge Health Center IV.

The universal anesthesia machine is uniquely designed with a monitor, vaporizer and ventilator. It can operate both manually and automatically with a 6-hour backup in case of power failure. The machine also has a seamless transition to room air when compressed oxygen is not available.

UBL is collaborating with Stanbic on other initiatives such as the ROOTs Tree Planting campaign, the Taasa Obutonde plastics management campaign and is currently pioneering a Plastics Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program in Uganda.

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