C100 started 3 years ago. It is a scheme to subsidise the cost of treatment for children at Kagando hospital.
Peter (my husband and a fellow trustee of The Friends of Kagando) and I have just returned with the latest news……….
The C100 project is helping, but is not yet covering all these costs to the Friends of Kagando and so we are looking for more people to come forwards and commit to a regular donation to the project, £20 a month would make such a huge difference.
That aside, I was very encouraged to see what is happening. The paediatric ward continues to be very busy. On average about 560 patients are admitted each month compared to 150 before the scheme started.
Most children are only in hospital a few days but there are those in for longer.
There was a 6yr old girl on the surgical ward with severe burns. She has already been in 3 months. Before the scheme the bill for her treatment would have been very high because as an inpatient every day was charged for. Now however, with the support of The Friends of Kagando support there the flat rate for treatment and so the length of admission is not an issue.
For these families ,with very little income, this is a blessing.
Dr Mary ( the senior paediatrician) writes:
The management of Kagando Hospital and the community it serves would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the The Friends of Kagando and in particular the Children100 Fund.
Through this fund we are continuing to see improved access to health care for the children in the community. For the last quarter of January to March 2018 we have admitted on average 560 children per month on paediatric and neonatal ward which is 40% of the total hospital admissions.
The commonest causes of morbidity for this period were pneumonia, malaria, anaemia, diarrhoea, septicaemia and prematurity.
Nearly 10% of patients have malnutrition.
There was a 4% mortality rate for the first quarter of 2018 from January to March.
Despite this fairly high mortality rate, we have also seen a reduced length of stay on the ward from 5 days in 2017 to 3 days for the first 3 months of 2018. This is an indicator of improved quality of care but also that patients are beginning to come early before acquiring severe complications.
This has partly been enabled by setting a flat user fee of 30,000UGS (£6) per child irrespective of the treatment.
The nurse to patient ratio still remains very high with 13 established staff and 4 volunteers allocated to paediatric ward. This usually translates to 2 – 3 nurses per shift taking care of 150 children.
Other challenges remain lack of equipment like oxygen concentrators, resuscitation equipment & drip stands to mention but a few.
However despite these challenges we are still able to deliver a good service to the sick children presenting to us because of your efforts. We thank everyone contributing to The Friends of Kagando and pray that the good Lord continues to bless you and enable more members to commit to regular giving towards this noble cause.
Dr Mary Munyagwa
Paediatrician and Medical Director, Kagando hospital
We are so grateful for your continuing support; we are very grateful for many gifts we received this past year which is helping the scheme to continue. My aim is to have £3000 sponsorship each month but as you can see from Dr Mary’s comments I think I need to aim for £5000 so there is still need for more regular sponsors.
If you would like to support The Friends of Kagando, in making a huge difference in the lives of families in rural Uganda then please complete the form, and indicate that you would like your gift to go to the C100 project.