"The responsibility of carrying and bringing a new life into this world is one that cannot be taken lightly."

GLORIA ESTEFAN

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About Ubomi Buhle and the work we do

Understanding Birth Outcomes from Mothers and Infants

Building Healthcare by Linking Exposures

 

Ubomi Buhle is a national project aimed at improving our understanding of what exposures during pregnancy, such as medicines, substances and diseases, can result in poor birth outcomes e.g. birth defects, low birth weight, stillbirth, premature birth and neonatal death.

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OUR MISSION

The goal of the Ubomi Buhle project is to establish a National Pregnancy Exposure Registry (NPER) across 3 provinces (Western Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng) in South Africa. The project will employ a series of health system strengthening approaches, to monitor the impact of targeted obstetric, therapeutic and clinical interventions, as well as infectious and/or environmental exposures in pregnancy on adverse maternal and birth outcomes.

 

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The A1 size National Pregnancy Exposure Registry Facility Notice Poster

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THE PROJECT'S GOALS

Short term:
Develop and disseminate midwife training materials on good antenatal and postnatal practices and to develop a platform for monitoring the safety of medicines in pregnancy throughout South Africa

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Long term:
To ensure sustainability of this monitoring platform while building a culture of medicine safety awareness among pregnant women and their health care providers including policy-makers.

Medium term:
To build capacity in maternal and neonatal care and to seek funding for continued support of the project.

 

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  The Ubomi Buhle Team  

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Prof Lee Fairlie

Co-principal investigator

MBChB, DCH, FCPaeds (SA), MMED
Director of Maternal and Child Health
The Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI)

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Dr Diane Lavies

National Project Manager

MBChB, DMH
Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research (CIDER), University of Cape Town (UCT)

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Dr Faeezah Patel

Site lead, Hillbrow

MBChB
Shandukani Research Centre
The Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI)

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Mrs Otty Mhlongo

Site lead, KwaZulu-Natal

B.Cur, Diplomas Gen,Psych,Comm, Midwife, PGD HIVCl in Management
Shandukani Research Centre
Deputy Director: PMTCT, HAST unit, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health

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Dr Emma Kalk

Site lead, Gugulethu

MBBCh, PhD, MPH
Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research (CIDER), University of Cape Town (UCT)

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Dr Heidre Bezuidenhout

Lead in developing training materials

MBChB, DCH, MSc (Child neurodevelopment), FCMG, MMed

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Dr Ushma Mehta

Co-principal investigator

B.Pharm, Pharm.D, DrPH
Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research (CIDER), University of Cape Town (UCT)

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Dr Karl Technau

Site lead, Rahima Moosa
Mother and Child Hospital

MBBCh, MSc (Med), PhD
Empilweni Services and Research Unit (ESRU), Dept of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

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Dr Portia Mutevedzi

Site lead, Soweto

MSc, PhD
The Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Analytics (VIDA) Research Unit of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

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Dr Aung Myint

Site lead, KwaZulu-Natal

MBBS, DO(SA), PGDip in HIV (Natal), M.Med.Fam.Med (natal), PhD
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, Prince  Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital (PMMH)

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Prof Amy Slogrove

Site lead, Worcester

MBChB, FCPaed(SA), MMed, PhD
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University

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Dr Helen Malherbe

Lead on the birth defect notification app development

PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons)
Rare Diseases SA (RDSA)

 
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Midwife Training

These are the Ubomi Buhle midwife training materials developed so far by the team and are currently being used for teaching.

 

Ubomi Buhle Partners

We thank our sponsors and partners for making the Ubomi Buhle Project possible.

BECOME A SPONSOR

If you would like to become a sponsor to the project

> PLEASE CLICK HERE <

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Contact Us

UBOMI BUHLE

4th floor, Fairland House,

364B Victoria Road,

Salt River,

Cape Town,

South Africa

 

E: diane.lavies@uct.ac.za

Tel: +27 834508616

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