Founder and Ugandan Director, Village Birth International
Florence Ochitti is a revered and distinguished Senior Nurse Midwife serving the northern region of Uganda. She began her lifelong career in 1964 as a nurse midwife at Masaka Training School for Nursing. She received additional training from Mulago Hospital from 1975-1978. From 1975 up until 2008, she served as the Nurse and Midwifery Supervisor of Gulu Regional Referral Hospital.
She founded Flora Maternity Home, a local birth center in 1993 in Gulu, Uganda, that served as a refuge and safe haven for mothers and children during the extent of the LRA’s civil war from 1987-2008, conducting deliveries, providing immunizations and offering family planning services to her community. She sits on the Board of Ongako Hospital and St. Monica’s Health Center.
Currently, she is the Ugandan Director of Village Birth International, an NGO she co-founded in 2006, dedicated to reducing infant and maternal mortality and morbidity in northern Uganda through mobile midwifery outreaches, family planning, HIV prevention, and reproductive health advocacy and trainings.