Mama Bags

The health of a mother impacts on the family and even the entire community. Like many developing countries, Uganda has high maternal mortality rates.  The majority of women (about 80%) deliver their babies from home under traditional care often with tragic results. The conditions under which they give birth are very unhygienic and if there are any complications the traditional birth attendants are usually unable to cope. The objective of this project is to motivate expectant mothers to attend the health centre and consequently to reduce infant and mother mortality rates in the area and reduce the incidence of the transmission of AIDS to the new born child. 


What is the Mama Bag?
The Mama Bag provides basic items to help with hygiene during the birth and aftercare for new-borns and their mothers. In a simple bag there is an outfit and shawl for the baby, a towel, cotton wool, a bar of soap, washing powder, underwear for the mother, rubber gloves, and locally produced health information and family planning leaflets. This is vital for a mother who would often have neither a cloth for her new baby nor any protection or change of clothes for herself. Some of the items can be purchased locally but the clothes are donated from the UK and are transported to Uganda. We have recently agreed to try to raise funding to provide a basic kit of washable sanitary pads in the bags. These are made by one of our women's tailoring groups as a small business venture and are available locally at an affordable price. However, many of our mothers cannot afford the cost of a complete pack so a starter kit supplied in the Mama Bag will help the mothers to obtain further pads in the future.

The cost of an individual bag is in the region £5 and each bag contains items such as rubber gloves, vaseline, cotton wool, sanitary pads, soap and a selection of baby clothes. Our aim is to provide up to 60 Mama bags each month. If you would like to donate please click here or if you have baby clothes to donate please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are also extremely lucky to have parishoners of local churches in Great Missenden and Prestwood who help collect, donate and knit baby clothing which we send out periodically to Muyembe either with visitors from the UK or by shipment. Here is a display of some of the items we sent over during 2018/19.

Contact AVS

Phone: +44 (0)7546 124450

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By Post: AVS c/o Curzon Green Solicitors
114-116 Oxford Road
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire HP11 2DN
United Kingdom

African Village Support is registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with registration number 1164318.


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