Some 120 people packed into the pub for a quiz on Bank Holiday Monday, raising £865 for a hospital in a poor rural area of Uganda.
Jill Brooks, who organised the quiz, has volunteered at the Kamuli Mission Hospital for the past 3 years. She writes:
'The hospital serves a
large rural area with a population of 1,500,000. It is situated in a very poor
area approximately 3 hours N/E of the capital Kampala. It has 160 beds with
wards for surgery, medicine, maternity and paediatrics. The outpatient
department operates a 24 hour casualty service and there are departments for
antenatal care and the treatment of TB and HIV. The hospital sees 50,000
outpatients and admits 10,000 inpatients each year. There is a nursing school
attached to the hospital where nurses receive general nursing or midwifery
'The fabric of the
hospital is very poor. There is a lack of basic equipment. There are constant
power cuts some lasting for many days .Recent donations have provided
generators so that operations can continue when this happens. Funds have also
been raised for a water harvesting system which collects rain water from the
hospital roofs and for shipping out donated beds, mattresses, wheelchairs and
other essential equipment
'Patients have to make a
contribution to the costs of their care. As many of them are subsistence
farmers without any paid employment and living in very limited circumstances,
this can be very difficult for them. The hospital keeps charges to the minimum
level so that most patients are not excluded from getting health care.
There is a constant tension between raising enough money to keep the hospital
running and making health care available to everyone.
'Mosquitoes that spread
cerebral malaria are rife in the area and many babies and children who are
especially vulnerable die. Diarrhoeal disease due to unclean water is also a
problem. Fractures and injuries from road traffic accidents are common.
'Patients come to the
hospital with relatives or friends who are responsible for providing them with
clean bed linen and food. They sleep outside the wards and collect water for
washing linen, and consumption from a pump in the hospital grounds.'
All funds raised are
used to provide equipment for the hospital. There are no administration
For more information and a short film on the hospital go to http://www.friendsofkamulimissionhospital.org/
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