A midwife speaks to expectant women and their companions during an antenatal class at Aketa Health Centre III, in Katakwi district, east of Kampala, Uganda’s capital.

Supply of free Mama Kits (bed sheets, soap, basin, pampers, baby clothes) by the health facility has increased the number of mothers willing to give birth at the Health Centre. Before these incentives were put in place, the majority of women in Katakwi preferred traditional birth attendants to certified midwives because it had been a tradition for ages.

Village Health Teams (VHTs) have also played a crucial part in educating rural communities about the importance of giving birth in hospitals.

Photo by Edward Echwalu. March 2014.