About Us


Years of impactful Maternal-Child Health in Uganda

Our History

After working 43 years as a general practician in Norway, Ph.D. Soen Eng Yap wanted to do something meaningful in Africa. She met Finn Edvardsen, who loves Uganda and took her to this country in 2013. Together they started organization “Mother and Child Uganda” in 2014, registered in “Brønnøysundregistrene”. The aim is to improve mother and child health in Uganda. Our main sponsor is Norwegian Women Health Organization in Nesbyen. 

Midwife Anne Kari Kristiansen joined us the year after. For the first two years from 2015 until 2017, we cooperated with Nyenga Organization in Jinja.

Ph.D. Torunn Stangeland joined us later on. She connected us with Bishop Stuart University. Lions Club has been our sponsor from 2018 until 2021. Our private retired friends are our sponsors.

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Mother and Child Mbarara Mobile Clinic started in 2018 with an aim of contributing to curbing the increase in Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and preventing obesity both in the adult and young population in Uganda. The prevalence of Diabetes is estimated at 2.4% in the adult population in urban areas in Uganda and this prevalence is rapidly increasing in the adult population. Generally, it is estimated that 10% of the Ugandan Population is living with Diabetes. High blood pressure or Hypertension is also on increase. Hypertension prevalence is estimated at 24% in the adult population and more than 70% of those affected are unaware. Stunting of children was estimated at 29% (UDHS 2016). Stunted children are at high risk of developing physical and mental diseases that can seriously hamper their productivity in their adulthood. This leads to a heavy burden on the already strained national health services. The uptake of contraceptives is estimated at 39%(UDHS 2016), which is far below the WHO recommended standard. This is a result of the low availability and poor acceptability of contraceptive services in the country. Non-Communicable Diseases are chronic in nature and require lifestyle modification in their control, unlike communicable diseases. The availability of information on prevention is very essential and pivotal in helping the population change their lifestyles for the better. Overall Life expectancy estimated at 62 years (UDHS 2016) at birth is a result of all the social, cultural, economic, and political efforts at the national level. A healthy population would go a long way in elevating life expectancy.
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