Amon Bwambale | £2,700
Autumn 2011 saw Amon Bwambale commence the 4th year his medical degree and the Trust's support (See 'Training a doctor for Bundibugyo' on our 2008 Projects page). Amon is a medical student studing in Kampala, originally from the Bundibudyo region where he will return as a qualified doctor at the end of his training - increasing the doctors in this hard to reach area by 100%.
Amon has 5 more terms in which to complete his 5 year course, estimating that he will graduate in approx. October 2013.
Amon recently particpated in an Emergency Paediatrics course (ETAT+) at Mulago Hospital as part of a The Laura Case Trust funded training project to improve treatment strategies within paediatrics, based on a model used successfully in Kenya.
ETAT+ Initial Ugandan Training Program | £6,700
ETAT+ (Emergency Triage Assessment Treatment Plus admission care for the sick children in resource-limited countries)
Since 2010 we have been in touch with the Kenyan Paediatric Association (KPA) to engage their facilitators to provide ETAT+ training in Kampala. ETAT+ is a training programme for the treatment of sick children which has been successfully applied throughout Kenya, and which we, and they, are keen to expand into Uganda.
Funded by the Laura Case Trust, the KPA worked with Ugandan staff at both the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Makerere University, and Mulago National and Referral Hospital, Kampala to provide an intensive 5-day training course to 33 medical professionals from various healthcare facilities across Uganda.
The course was the very first of its kind and comprised both lectures and skills practice simulating clinical scenarios, as well as a hospital survey at Mulago Hospital evaluating the current emergency care provided to sick children. Participants were also examined at the end of the course in both theory and practical skills learned. This training received significant support from both Mulago Hospital and Makerere University. Following the success of the initial training, the Ugandan team is making plans to scale up the initiative throughout the country and enable those trained in the programme to train others.
Help for the Burmese Delta | £10,000
2011 saw The Laura Case Trust support our first project in Burma. We are particularly pleased to be supporting the Rucksack Healthcare project as it incorporates an idea formed right at the inception of the Trust which involved taking medical treatment direct to impossible to access rural areas. It is a project being delivered by May Tha Hla and Jon Wilkinson whose charity Helping the Burmese Delta was established after cyclone Nargis in 2008.
May and Jon have been working with a group called the Searchers - Burmese professionals who came together in 2006 to help rebuild the lives of the poor in Burma by promoting community participation in development.
Our project has been training people who live in areas where medical care and facilities are less accessible in order that they might take this knowledge back to their local communities and make a positive impact. They have been trained in common diagnoses (snake bites, BP, diabetes belly aches to name only a few) and the appropriate treatments and remedies.
We have provided £10,000 to support a year–long programme training 25 volunteers drawn from 10 villages from around Bogalay in the Irrawaddy Delta – an area where people regularly have to travel hours by boat to access medical care. Training occurs on 8 to 10 days per month complimented with learning based at mobile clinics where they also complete monthly tests . These clinics are managed by the 'Searcher' doctors and nurses, and is where further supervision and hands-on training is delivered in areas such as managing diagnoses, treatments, referrals, ethical issues and the need for best-practice record keeping.
Alex Kizito | £1,000
Although the Trust does not normally fund individuals to go to conferences, we came across a young Ugandan medical student called Alex Kizito who had been singled out by those who work with him as a true leader and a unique personality dedicated to the provision of healthcare in rural Uganda.
We therefore funded him to attend an international colloquium on rural healthcare in South Africa. He reported back from his visit in effusive terms stressing how much the learning he derived from it would add to his knowledge in terms of the strategies he is already adopting in his local area promoting healthcare in schools and within the community. Alex has recently finished his studies at Makerere University where he also graduated from the Brighter Smiles programme - a successful schools based health-promotion initiative administered by the Faculties of Medicine at Makerere University and the University of British Columbia - and is now considering how he can set up a combined medical and dental clinic in his home region of Wakiso.