Friends of Kagando Hospital, Uganda

Kagando

Friends of Kagando is a UK based charitable trust set up in 2003 and managed by a board of Trustees who are past long-term workers at Kagando or regular visitors. The charity aims to support Kagando by raising funds and sending equipment and to encourage friends and colleagues working there by correspondence and visits from people with clinical, technical, management, educational, pastoral and fund-raising expertise. Administration costs are low. Transfers of accountable funds are direct to the leadership in Kagando. It maintains a newsletter mailing list and is always looking for partners and volunteers to support what we believe has become a ‘centre of excellence’ in Rural Uganda.

KAGANDO Rural Development Centre (KARUDEC) is a health care and education project managed by the Church of Uganda based around Kagando Hospital (250 beds).

Kagando lies in the South-Eastern foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains on a small West-facing hill looking out across a fertile valley, 20 km from the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and 5 km North of the Equator. On the other side the hill looks out towards the Western Rift Valley with the nearby Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Kizinga Channel linking Lake George and Lake Edward.
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The Big Give

December 4, 2014, 10:00am

Help provide safe electricity to Kagando Hospital. Donations made today, tomorrow and Saturday at secure.thebiggive.org.uk/project/21644 will be matched by the Big Give group of benefactors. Donations big and small are most welcome and gratefully received. Register at the link and support Kagando today.

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Malnutrition is devastating across Sub Saharan Africa and in Kagando particularly. The choices of who to feed and what meal to miss are constant in the lives of many parents, grandparents and children at Kagando. The feeling of hunger and desperation can be crippling but it the problems go on and on, even after the hunger is sated. The human body needs food and nutrition to grow and this is incredibly important as babies and children grow. Poor childhood nutrition affects the development of the brain, immune system and bones. This means that the child is more likely to get infections and suffer from conditions like epilepsy and learning difficulties. Bone growth includes the growth of the pelvis which means that young girls who are malnourished growing up are more likely to suffer complications during childbirth. Kagando has one of the highest incidences of vesicovaginal fistula (VVF), a condition that leaves mothers unable stop passing urine uncontrollably at all times of the day and night. Thanks to the work of great surgeons and nurses at Kagando, VVF is no longer crippling. Nurses travel into the community to find patients who might be too frightened to travel to the hospital and bring them to the hospital to receive free curative surgery for the condition. Their smiles as they realise they are cured are the most infectious in the hospital!

An important part of the prevention of VVF and many other illnesses faced by people at Kagando is to beat malnutrition. Great projects by Martin and Jonny Rowland in partnership with Kagando staff, Cannon Benson and Rev Noah have promoted the Kagando farm and helped introduce sustainable farming methods to the area. Growth of these projects will have long lasting and wide reaching consequences at Kagando and we pray for their success. (4 photos)
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Imagine you have a sick child, struggling with her breathing, or you are involved in a car accident. Who do you call? 999. It's reassuring to us that we always have someone to call, that there will be a trained person to help us within minutes. Imagine that happening in the mountains. There's no-one to call. No reassuring person in a green uniform with equipment and a vehicle to get you to hospital.
Imagine you are in hospital and the specialist care you need is in a hospital 8 hours away. You would be transferred by ambulance, blue lights screaming, safely to the care that you need. In Uganda, this isn't something that is routinely offered.
Kagando though, has an ambulance. Its not the modern, high speed vehicles that we are used to here, but its a hard working vehicle with hard working and committed drivers. It has been able to transport a child who had choked on a peanut for specialist surgery in another hospital. It has been used to transport a child with Guillan Barre syndrome (a life threatening condition with spreading paralysis) for intensive care in Kampala. It makes a big difference to the people of Kagando that this is available to them.
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Kagando Library has been built to improve the learning resources available to nurses, midwives and medical staff at Kagando Hospital. The books and computers are available to a large number of students and staff and have been incredibly popular since it opened earlier this year. The main challenge is getting books for the library but with the help of Rob and Jen Morris' recent trip and a number of willing donators, Kagando Library is beginning to grow into an unparalleled resource centre in the region. We pray that a recent application to the BMA for a large number of books (that would normally be far outside our ability to fund) will be successful, helping this excellent centre to grow and help raise standards and care across the whole region. (2 photos) ...

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Rwenzori Women for Health is a wonderful project which is run with the support of the hospital. The aim of the project is to reach the communities in the Rwenzori Mountains, communities that live in remote areas in the mountains. If someone becomes ill in these villages, it can be a 3-4 hour walk down treacherous paths. Imagine being in labour and needing to get down a mountain, with no roads, and no transport. The project targets primarily women, with the intention that the women will be empowered by information, and can support the villages. There are key workers in each village, who have regular training sessions, on topics such as self-care, first aid (burns, bleeds), pregnancy, menstruation, and contraception. Each week the RWFH team head into the mountains for a (very well attended) education session one each village. Watching the women so engaged and excited is fantastic, and it's wonderful when the teaching is passed on further into the community by the women themselves. Rita Miller, a UK nurse is the founder and co-ordinator of RWFH and does a great job. (5 photos) ...

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