Our time in Kampala working with midwives on the momentum project is nearing its end. The momentum project is a health partnership which seeks to facilitate a mentoring programme of student midwives by skilled Ugandan midwifery practitioners. It does this through twinning of Ugandan midwives with midwives from the uk and through training in mentoring skills. In a short week we have contributed to sessions on behavioural change and communication skills in the training programme, conducted interviews with midwives, twins, students and representatives from the Ugandan private midwives association and the nursing and midwifery council and have had many conversations late into the night about research and evaluation processes and measures. On our final day we were able to visit two very different hospital settings. We are tired but also inspired and exhilarated. The midwives here in Uganda and those we have met on the momentum project from the UK are passionate, knowledgeable and positive.
Despite often difficult circumstances, the humour is universal and crosses any potential cultural or language challenges.
We look forward to returning to continue to look at the evaluation of change and its impact not only on the student midwives learning but also on the learning environments.
About the Authors:
Nimarta Dharnin is Senior Research Fellow at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She visited Uganda in June and November 2016 and Tanzania in September 2017 and February 2018 as part of The Change Exchange.
Wendy Maltinsky is Health Psychologist/Research Fellow at The University of Stirling. She visited Uganda – Kampala in June and November 2016 and Ethiopia in April 201 as part of The Change Exchange.