In Africa many people die from diseases that are simply, easily and cheaply preventable or treatable: malaria, diarrhoea, respiratory infections and malnutrition.
In areas with Malaria the use of mosquito bed-nets and administration of high-dose vitamin A can halve the death rate of children under 5.
Since 2010 we have provided communities in eastern Uganda with a total of 2300 mosquito nets and funded the drugs and vitamin A for mobile clinics. We have funded the construction a Health Centre in the village of Busamaga. This was opened in December 2015 and is now serving the community. SHAPE funding now supports the operation of this Health Centre.
In the highlands of Ethiopia, through a local charity and government staff, we helped rural people get better access to: Clean Water, Health Education, Medicines, Vaccination, and Family Planning – things that we in the UK take for granted.
How we have been helping
- Uganda: Since the opening of the Busamaga Health Centre SHAPE has supported its operation through a SHAPE representative on the local management committee and by providing funds to pay part of the costs assocaiated with medicines, equipment, salaries and other running costs. Our aim is that routine costs will at some time all be funded by the Ugandan health authority and from revenues. Dr Fletcher visited the health centre in Nov 2016 to review progress in its operation and a report of this visit can be found through the links above or below.
How you can help
The past 18 months have been most challenging with all our fundraising activities having to be put on hold. We are grateful to the Rotary Club of Cheltenham for their generous donations that have helped our work continue including a grant to pay the salary of the Health Centre lab technician. Our ongoing work also continues due the most generous donations and regular standing orders that help replenish our funds.
Thankfully cases of Covid in Uganda remain low and the Health Centre at Busamaga continues to develop its medical work. In the period December 2020 to October 2021 the following treatment figures are reported by our Health Centre Management Committee. it is particularly pleasing to see the number of successful live births continuing, and also the large increase in outpatients and child immunisations in the Health Centre and surrounding district.
Out Patients 1694
Maternity 58 (all live births)
Antenatal Care 185
Hernia Surgeries 7