The Quicken Trust is tackling the health care issues which have left the Ugandan village of Kabubbu devastated and distraught for decades. The challenges are vast – but change is coming. Through the Kabubbu Parish Health Centre and helped by agencies such as Unicef, Quicken runs a range of campaigns to reach thousands of villagers. These include:
Giving birth in Uganda can be a frightening experience. The staff, skills and equipment taken for granted in the UK aren’t readily available. The consequences can be alarming.
The Quicken Trust launched a campaign to encourage more expectant mothers to attend antenatal classes. It also worked on improving the training provided to midwives. This meant complications were detected more quickly and expectant mothers could be transferred to hospital in Kampala earlier.
A survey found that many expectant mothers felt intimidated by staff or were embarrassed because poverty meant they had no nightdress to wear for the delivery. Quicken responded by providing better training and essentials such as nightwear and soap.
Since 2012, the Kabubbu Parish Health Centre has not lost either a mother or child during childbirth – an enviable reputation!
The health centre has modern facilities for safe delivery, a maternity ward, ultrasound equipment and an operating theatre. (Partner a Nurse)
Malaria kills about 100,000 every year in Uganda. Rural areas are worst hit. It’s the biggest killer in Kabubbu and has devastated the village for decades. Nurses at the Kabubbu Parish Health Centre run an education programme to tackle the disease.
A grant from Unicef helped the Quicken Trust establish a malaria control programme. The aim is to supply mosquito nets to every person in the village and to show them how to hang them and also to provide beds, mattresses and the means to hang the net. Many people in Kabubbu sleep on rags or straw on the floor. Even with a net, this won’t keep out mosquitoes. The beds are made locally. The result has been a fall in malaria cases – and employment for carpenters making beds. (Partner a Nurse)
The Hepatitis B Campaign
Hep B is infectious and a challenge for the Ugandan authorities as case numbers rise. Working with two UK grant-making Trusts, Chalk Cliff Trust and Jephcott Charitable Trust, QT has conducted an immunisation programme that has successfully treated over 500 children/adults. (Project Partnership)
Medical care for youngsters in Kabubbu such as Jackeline is vital. She was horrendously burned when paraffin light exploded at her family home setting the house on fire. All of Jackeline’s family were killed.
Jackeline’s partners paid for her to have two operations, one to release her left arm where the heat of the fire had seared her arm to her body, and the other for a ligament graft which meant she could close her left eye properly again. They have also supported her education. Their support has given Jackeline a new lease of life. (Child Partnership)
Fill a Pill Bottle
The Health Centre has a full dispensary of medicines funded through donations from Quicken Trust supporters. Such facilities are very rare even in government-supported medical centres in Uganda where medicines are scarcer.
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Often doctors there will prescribe drugs that are not available except in private dispensaries or which come from India or China and seem to be weaker than those manufactured in the UK or Europe.
This began in 2006 to help children talk about their traumas and bereavements. The head of Counselling and Guidance at Makerere University in Kampala told Geraldine Booker he thought every family in Uganda needed counselling.
Many older family members in Kabubbu readily recall horrors of the regimes of Idi Amin and Milton Obote. People of all generations have seen the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Tackling AIDS means dealing not just with illness but also the ignorance and superstition which surrounds it. AIDS carries a stigma – therefore few people admit they have HIV. Many men will see unprotected sex as a right and so they pass on disease. It is a death sentence for their wife because of the high cost of treatment. But the Quicken Trust is helping to change attitudes and improve health.
More than 100 people attended a workshop led by two nurses and a psychologist from Mildmay Mission Hospital near Kampala. Later nurses, counsellors and technical staff from the hospital came to Kabubbu to conduct AIDS tests. About 150 people had registered but more than 500 people turned up. Fifty were diagnosed with HIV.
Now there is an AIDS clinic which regularly treats over 1000 AIDS patients each month. (Partner With a Nurse)