We have been working with the charity Helping the Burmese Delta since 2011, funding the training of volunteers from local villages around Bogalay as community health care workers. Our first cohort of students have now graduated from their training programme and are back in their respective villages, passing on their knowledge and new skills to their communities. The programme is showing signs of great promise.
Following the success of the scheme to date, Helping the Burmese Delta plans to continue its good work into 2013, by training a 2013 class of community health care workers. In addition, the charity plans to extend the scheme’s coverage further into the Irrawaddy Delta. The Laura Case Trust is continuing to work with Helping the Burmese Delta to achieve this. We contributed an additional £4,000 to the cause, sponsoring and helping the charity leverage an additional £8,000 at a recent fundraising event in December organised by The Funding Network www.thefundingnetwork.org.uk.
As Burma is becoming more accessible, other sponsors have also come forward and there are now plans afoot for a remote clinic for the community health care workers to base themselves, as well as a possible ‘river doctors’ scheme.
The Trust continues its successful relationship with the great Global Partners in Anaesthetics and Surgery (GPAS), who have an impressive record of creating real change on the ground in Uganda. We provided £5,000 to fund an Advanced Trauma Care Training Programme run by GPAS in two hospitals in Uganda - Mulago in the capital, Kampala, and Soroti in isolated rural Uganda. The course covers lifesaving skills for injured patients; injuries and accidents are still the leading cause of death in Kampala.
Amon Bwambale is entering his final year of medical school and is due to graduate form Kampala International University in November 2013. He will then only need to complete a year’s internship before he can return and work in remote Bundibugyo, as he committed to in our sponsorship agreement.
We continue to support the maternal Azur Health Clinic in Hoima, funding of a surgeon and anaesthetic cover. The clinic continue to show improvements in maternal and neo-natal care in the region.
We continue to fund the PEAS Laura Case Trust University Bursary Scheme in Uganda, which supports less privileged students during their university/tertiary level studies, and trains the best current students within PEAS schools for future paid roles within PEAS.The first intake of the scheme was in 2009, so these students are currently in their third year of studies. The scheme supported three additional bursary beneficiaries in 2010 and awarded four more in 2011, bringing the total number of beneficiaries to 12. We donated a further £3,000 to PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools) this financial year, doubled to £6,000 by the UK Government under its DfID matched funding scheme, towards a programme of education quality activities in PEAS schools over the next three years.