Who we are

Save the Mothers East Africa

The Save the Mothers (STM) Program offers a Master of Public Health Leadership (MPHL) to working professionals from a wide range of disciplines and not only the health discipline. Save the mothers East Africa hosts the MPHL at Uganda Christian University (UCU), Mukono.

The MPHL started at UCU in 2005 with the aim of training multi-disciplinary professionals and contribute to improve maternal and child health in developing countries.

The MPHL students study on a part time basis over two years, completing the modular program with an intensive community outreach project. The MPHL program targets both national and international students interested in maternal and child health.

Since 2005, nearly 450 East African leaders have come through the program. Graduates of our Master in Public Health Leadership program become champions and influence positive societal change, working to overcome preventable maternal and child death in their families and communities using their respective professions.

"Is to train local leaders to reduce maternal mortality within their own country."
"Is that no mother, or her child, should die from preventable causes."
"That universal access to safe maternal care in childbirth is a basic human right."
"In partnership with other like-minded groups and individuals." 


Save the Mothers was created when Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese, a Canadian obstetrician/ gynecologist from McMaster University, was confronted with mothers in need. As a volunteer with the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada and the Association of Obstetricians of Uganda, she discovered many of the causes of maternal death went far beyond medical barriers.

As a result, and in order to create awareness and lasting change, Dr. Chamberlain Froese worked with Ugandan colleagues (Dr. Florence Mirembe, Dr. Pious Okong, and Olive Sentumbwe- Mugisa) and founded Save the Mothers (STM).

“This is not a woman’s issue. This is a development issue.”
~ STM Student

In 2005, STM launched its first program, a Master of Public Health Leadership (MPHL), at Uganda Christian University (UCU), near Uganda’s capital, Kampala. STM built on the truth that maternal mortality is not just a medical issue, but a societal problem. STM’s founders realized early that the need is to train not just health workers, but politicians, journalists, lawyers, educators, clergy, community activists and other leaders; and have these professionals join forces to create change in their own communities.

On the MPHL program, these working professionals learn why mothers in their country are dying,
how they can make a difference in their spheres of influence and how they can network with other societal leaders to champion change.

Save the Mothers

Uganda Christian University
Plot 67-173, Mukono Hill,
Bishop Tucker Road
P.O. Box 4, Mukono, Uganda
Email Us: EAdirector@savethemothers.org


Save the Mothers promotes maternal health in the developing world through education, public awareness and advocacy. Based in Uganda and North America, Save The Mothers is part of a global movement to improve the health of mothers and babies.