Volunteers once again returned to Mengo Hospital in early 2014 and became involved with a number of projects. Pawel and Kinga were once again involved with continuing to support the dental clinic . Dr Jim and Martha represented FOMH(C) at the formal opening of stage 1 of the new TB/HIV clinic, participated in the renovation of an old clinic room into a new facility that will be able to house a laboratory, and arranged for the installation of a reverse-osmosis machine to provide de-ionized water for the hospital. A volunteer nurse from Victoria, spent time with the staff in the High dependency unit teaching skill updates with the nurses.
We are proud to say that this year FOMH(C) has donated $24,000 to support AIDS care at Mengo Hospital. $5000 has also been sent to support the Dental Clinic.
We are concerned however by the recent withdrawal of funding by USAID and the impact that it will have on the care for these patients. Please read more in the latest newsletter, which is available in our blog.
Volunteers to Mengo Hospital in January 2013 included Dr Jim, Martha, Pawel and Kinga who were there for approximately 6 weeks.
FOMH(C) has partially funded an extension of the TB/HIV clinic which has become sadly overcrowded in recent years, due to there being more than 7000 registered HIV+ patients. We were able to donate almost 25% towards the required down payment in order for the project to start. The rest of the required down payment came from other FOMH organisations, private donors and the hospital itself. Great collaboration!! As you can see below, the ground was broken while Dr Jim was in Kampala. We are now able to report on July 1st 2013, the Kampala City Council (KCC) gave approval for the construction of the clinic extension to proceed, and you can see below how the project is progressing.
Martha continued to work this year with some HIV+ adolescents. These young adults have been somewhat ostracised due to their HIV+ status. This makes it so difficult for them to develop confidence, have an education, or to find employment. FOMH(C) is helping to fund both the education and skills training for a number of adolescents. You can see below a young lady by the name of Peace wearing the suit she has made.
Pawel and Kinga spent 7 weeks at Mengo Hospital helping refurbish and organise the new Dental clinic extension as well as training the staff to do implant work. A lot of work in a short time period that was appreciated by everyone at the clinic. More photos can be seen in the Gallery.