2014 Spring Newsletter

New Clinic Building opened Feb.1st

The increasing number of patients coming to Mengo for HIV care over the past 2 years has resulted in the need to enlarge the clinic facility. Additional offices for nurses, counselors and physicians are required to accommodate up to 200 patients each day. Dr. Edith has worked hard to develop a plan for a new building and our partners in the UK and US have contributed with our group to raise the necessary $86,000 to construct the 1st. floor of the planned 3 storey addition. The new facility was opened on Feb. 1st and a dedication ceremony was held on Mar. 21st. When the staff, senior management and guests were hosted by the clinic staff. In the new facility. There is an improved TB clinic that provides proper isolation of infected TB patients to prevent contact with other clients and a treatment room with 8 stretchers where ill patients can be properly treated.

Dr. Namulema hosts gala dedication of new building Mar.20th.

Guests, management, and board members gathered for a special dedication ceremony. Our contribution was to honour Dr. Donald Gibson, our founder and board member. He served as surgeon at Mengo for 10years in the late 50’s and 60’s. Clive Kennett (from the UK Friends of Mengo) also attended as well as the Mennonite Central Committee representative. Our organization has worked in partnership with these two groups, along with the board of Mengo Hospital itself,which has led to the success of this project.

Special points of interest:

This year FOMH© has sent over $24,000 to support AIDS care

$5000 donated to Dental Clinic

9 Canadian volunteers visited in past 6 mos.

Another nursing student receives tuition support

But we now need your help more than ever. Early this month we learned of a critical reduction of the donor grant from US AID precipitated by the    decision of Pres. Obama to reduce health funding in Uganda because of the recent passage of the anti-homosexuality bill by Pres. Museveni. We are still assessing the impact for our clinic a decrease of more than 60% will require severe reductions in the number of staff and cutbacks in many of the services.

There are currently:

0ver 7000 registered HIV +ve patients at Mengo

 4500 patients on antiviral treatment

500 treated for active TB in 2013

The Saturday Club grows

 For now we will manage to continue all patients on AIDS treatment but will not be able to recruit new patients. Dr. Edith is determined to  make sure AIDS mothers and children will continue to receive life saving treatment.

Mark your calendars now for our annual fundraising dinner. Our keynote speaker will be Robert Bateman. Join us at the Pacific Fleet Club on June 5th. For tickets call 250-208-9452