We are particularly proud to have provided a grant of £7,500 to a charity called Help Hoima, payable over a period of 3 years to fund a surgeon and anaesthetist working in Azur Clinic in Hoima, northern Uganda.
Azur Clinic is a beacon project, established to combat prevalent maternal and child mortality, which while not accurately documented, anecdotally records neonatal mortality as 25% by the end of the first week. Azur Clinic also strives to reduce the enormous pressure on local medical services but providing a dedicated unit for mothers and babies. Until the summer of 2010 the clinic had a sparkling newly-donated operating theatre but sadly no surgical team to run it, meaning that they were not equipped to perform anything other than straightforward deliveries. Anything requiring surgery had to be referred to the local general hospital, itself crippled by delays and lack of supplies.
In July 2012 two of our trustees Dr Moor and Dr Ramscar were able to visit the clinic with Help Hoima and a team from Basingstoke Hospital to set up the operating theatre and train a new surgical team in operating management and nursing. In this way we hope to have contributed not only to the establishment of best practice in this area, but also in assisting in the setting up of a clinic that would have a lasting impact long after our departure.
We have also funded several pieces of sorely needed equipment to hospitals in Uganda and Kenya:
We have recently worked with the Hillman Foundation, the Kenyan Paediatric Assocation and The Kenya Medical Research Institute to fund a training programme (named ETAT+) for paediatricians in Uganda, based on best practice developed in Kenya.
Having seen the results of their training structure and best practice around paediatric medicine we were keen to support the rolling out of this programme in Uganda. In the initial stages we funded a Ugandan doctor (£620) to attend the Child Health Evidence conference in Kenya to learn more about the programme, who then became a crucial contact for the KPA and KEMRI in establishing a Ugandan branch.
Later in the year we subsequently funded a week long training programme in Kampala hosted and held at Mulago Hospital which saw 33 participants from various health facilities across Uganda attend and become trained in the ETAT+ model. This included senior paediatricians, university lecturers, clinical officers and nurses, of whom approx. 50% were from Mulago Hospital. The Ugandan team of doctors driving the implementation of ETAT+ are currently working with the Department of Paediatrics at Makarere University to embed the training practices at university level including the adoption of clinical practice guidelines, based on the Kenyan model and adjusted to suit the particular issues prevalent in Uganda.
For example we have already heard that the paediatrics ward at Mulago has been re-arranged to create a ward dedicated to Emergency care. They have further committed to creating a team of trainers to continue communicating the training in a structured and ongoing way and now, 6 months on, have confirmed to us that it is now a requirement for all interns and residents working in the paediatrics department at Mulago to be trained in ETAT+, as well as all students and doctors.
We have contributed £564 to Open Arms - a charity based in Malawi which runs children's homes with the aim of returning children to their own communities. It has an outreach programme which funs Feeding stations/ Nursery Schools to ensure that children discharged from their homes continue to receive good nutrition, healthcare and a start to their education.
Our donation has funded the attendance of two teachers and their assistants from the feeding station on the southern lakeshore of Lake Malawi on a Nursery Education course. Since completing the training the head of the programme reports that her staff where "transformed - what a difference!" and notes that new teaching methods have been implemented focusing away from repetitive teaching methods, as well as hugely improving the confidence and self-belief in their abilities. The training focused on a number of different areas of early child development including imaginitive play, reading, music, as well as issues of HIV/AIDs.
Through our membership of The Funding Network we have made two small grants of £100 each to two very worthy charities:
As previously reported we gave a grant of £1,300 to a charity called Action for Children in Conflict in February 2009. AFCIC helps some of the most disadvantaged, disenfranchised and socially excluded children and young people in Africa. The programme that we are supporting works specifically with street children in an area of Kenya called Thika, which was hit hard by the collapse of the Kenyan coffee market and suffers from high unemployment and poverty. They currently provide direct support to over 500 acutely vulnerable children and indirect services to over 1000 children in the area. The charity has seen tangible success since the programme started in 2004, contributing to a 40% reduction in the numbers of street children in Thika.
In 2010 we gave a further grant to build on their recent successful work to increase the first aid skills, equipment and knowledge in poor local schools in Thika. To ensure that there is at least one trained first aider at the schools with which they collaborate, we funded a 3 day occupational first aid training to 24 teachers in the municipality with the aim of countering some of the shocking first aid practices imposed on local children. We also funded first aid kits for each school and a junior first aid course to 50 young people.