Uganda is a country where health needs are considerable and urgent. For example, the maternal mortality rate is 310 deaths/100,000 live births compared with 6 deaths/100,000 for the UK . There are also very high rates of infant and perinatal mortality. Life expectancy is age 52 compared with a world average of 68. The country suffers in particular from high rates of HIV /Aids, Malaria, TB, Diarrhoea and other water borne diseases.HIV prevalance is 65/1000 adults compared to 8/1000 globally.
The northern parts of Uganda have even higher rates because of the poor economy and a history of insurgency and natural disasters such as recent flooding and drought.
Kumi Hospital Compassionate fund is treating the poor and saving lives every week!
Kumi Hospital serves about 1 million people within a 50km radius. Only about 30% of the population have any disposable income to pay for even the cheapest care provided at Kumi. Rather, they will seek treatment from traditional healers. It is estimated that at least four people die every month at Kumi Hospital because they cannot afford a treatment. One member of staff commented that “A child should not die just because they break their arm.”
The compassionate fund was set up to enable the hospital to treat the poor – allocating an average of £12.50 per patient. This small amount is enough to provide emergency treatment and save lives.
TDT is passionate about making this project sustainable through developing a …
Developing the quality of maternity care in Kumi District.
One of the strengths of being a relatively small charity is that we are flexible enough to work with groups and individuals with particular interests that match our own. Therefore when a group of people mainly medics from the Nottingham hospitals expressed an interest in supporting healthcare in Ngora District we were happy to be able to support them with contacts and local knowledge.
Healthcare in Teso is a fragile thing with a mix of open access government facilities which typically lack doctors and drugs and larger private hospitals which struggle through having to charge very poor people fees for life-saving support and typically operate on the basis of ‘treat first and worry about the money later’.
The Nottingham group are …