HOSPITAL SERVICES

NEONATAL UNIT

Our Neonatal Unit has now acquired three incubators, a paediatric monitor, and a CPAP machine through the generous support towards our recent appeal. These will boost our ability to save sick new-born babies who desperately need life support. Our neonatal unit is only one of a few for a population of 300,000 people in the whole district of Kanungu. With the new equipment, we will be able to further improve survival rates and reduce the disability.

A further boost was obtained in form of patient monitors and equipment for administering nebulised salbutamol to children with severe asthma as well as portable diagnostic devices. This was again through the kind contributions of AfricoMed and Dr Kristina Rudd.

Children with severe malnutrition can now have home-based rehabilitation thanks to availability of Ready-to-use therapeutic food provided by UNICEF and our Ministry of Health.  We are continuing to update our policies to reflect evidence based guidelines. With more support, we hope to do more to improve survival of our children. 

Our Achievements

Each month we see more than 500 children in our Outpatient department of which we admit more than 120 to the ward. The leading health problems are respiratory infections, malaria, diarrheal diseases and malnutrition. Our ward is probably the nicest children's ward in all of Uganda, with brightly coloured paintings on the wall and a fun environment for children to play and learn in as they recover.

Outside the ward is a children's play area, a kitchen and a demonstration garden where mothers (and occasionally fathers) can learn skills that to take home about how to grow and cook a balanced diet for their children. The ward staff organizes practical cooking sessions with the mothers of the admitted children every week. These are always preceded by singing and dancing. Children previously admitted with severe malnutrition are followed-up to see if their nutritional status is improving.

Specialist clinics are held each week for children with long-term diseases. Children with Type 1 diabetes are now able to get free insulin and glucometers thanks to support from the Changing Diabetes in Children Program of Novo Nordisk.

We have collaborations with health organizations like Organization Useful Rehabilitation Service (OURS) and Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services in Uganda (CoRSU) that offer additional services for children such as physical rehabilitation and repair of congenital defects.

We have undertaken research into sepsis management and its outcome, viral zoonoses and social determinants of severe malnutrition.

How you can help

With more support, we hope to do more to improve the wellbeing of children. Adding the money spent on staff, drugs, electricity and other supplies it costs about $30 a day to keep a child in Hospital. The average family in Bwindi lives on about $1 a day and has seven children. They do contribute a small amount, but the local community cannot afford the full costs of care. The average child with malnutrition stays for more than two weeks, and the total cost of providing all of our child health services is $150,000 a year. Any contribution, however large or small, will go directly to helping those most in need.

WISH LIST

ITEM

USE

New Oxygen Concentrator

Helping very sick newborns to breathe

Radiant warmer or Warming Fan

Keeping newborns warm

New Incubators

Keeping premature newborns warm

Neonatal Pulse oximeter with alarm system

Helping nurses to assess newborn’s condition

Neonatal  Apnea monitors

Alerting nurses as soon as breathing stops

Infusion/Syringe Pumps

Helping nurses to give medications safely

Surfactant

Helping very premature babies to breathe

Warm baby clothing

Keeping newborns warm

We deliver more than120 deliveries a month at Bwindi Community Hospital.

We have a full time obstetrician,

Dr. Julius Nkalubo.  He is the only obstetrician in the region.



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