Laura had been in Uganda working at a hospital in Kisiizi as part of her final year's medical training. She was killed in a traffic accident there in February 2007, just after her 24th birthday.
The Trust has been set up by her friends and family to celebrate Laura's life and to support projects we believe she would have felt important. These will be in the medical and educational fields, and will be the sort of projects where comparatively small amounts of money given directly will have a significant effect.
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Since 2007 we have made 34 grants totalling £145,000. Over half of these have been for medical training, staff, equipment and education in Uganda. Highlights include
- Training in trauma care for lay responders (police and taxi drivers) in Kampala. This has now been taken into mainstream police training
- Emergency paediatric training for Ugandan health staff based on a Kenyan model. Again this is now being rolled out with other funding beyond the original participants
- Support for surgeon to improve maternal and paediatric outcomes at Azur Clinic at Hoima
- Scholarships for tertiary education for students from PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools)schools to enable them to return to work in expanding number of these low cost, high quality schools.
- Training for community health workers in the Burmese Delta.
To find out more about these and other projects and the fabulous fundraising efforts of people on our behalf, go to links for projects and fundraising ordownload the latest newsletter.