RCOG in Uganda
Sister Judith Kyarisiima, the midwife in charge, on the ward at Mbarara Regional Hospital, Uganda.
The maternity unit is overwhelmingly busy. Hundreds of women accommodate every available area in the four wards. When bed space runs out women who are on their second night in hospital are transferred to mattresses on the floor so that new admissions can take their beds. The department has just twenty midwives to cover the evening, morning and night shifts. Some days there are just two midwives on duty in a postnatal ward that accommodates 70 women and their babies.