Responding to the impact of COVID-19
The current COVID-19 outbreak has exerted much stress on already meagre resources allocated to healthcare throughout low-income countries, Uganda inclusive.
With most of the world under lock down, most businesses have been affected and might take a while to recover. Therefore, for communities like Bwindi where healthcare is largely subsidised by tourists and with daily household income average of just over one US dollar, the worst could be yet to come. The most at risk patients, like pregnant women in labour, very sick children, newborns and others that require urgent lifesaving interventions, are at risk of developing complications or even death.
We are doing everything possible to sustain basic health services to the community albeit with increasingly limited funding. Our projected deficit over the next 12 months, as a result of COVID-19, is 499,815 USD.
Responding to the impact of COVID-19 in Bwindi
Bwindi hospital has piloted taking essential drugs to vulnerable patients in 101 villages in our catchment area. These patients who are already immune suppressed are not able to travel to the hospital to access the medicine due to the travel restrictions put by the government to curtail the spread of COVID-19. A team of 6 nurses goes out to the community every day, so that these vulnerable patients can carry on receiving the care they need. Unfortunately, we do not know how long this will last, however, we would need $27,000 to run this activity for the next three months. .
Construction of staff units
Funding required: Construction; USD 100,000, so far $60,000 has been raised. Status: We are seeking funding pledges.
Ambulance for Outreaches
The hospital conducts weekly outreaches to communities where over 70,000 people are reached and services are extended closer to people in the communities to reduce on the expenses they have to meet traveling from areas 88 km away from the hospital and beyond. We also offer emergency services especially referrals of pregnant and risky mothers who come from their villages to deliver from the hospital. This is achieved using our ambulance which is currently in a bad state due to poor roads in the area.
We are therefore seeking for funds to purchase a new ambulance to help in transporting these vulnerable mothers and other emergencies to the hospital but also help transport referral cases that the hospital is not able to manage to the nearest regional referral hospital that is 6-7 hours drive from our Hospital . Your support is highly appreciated for this noble appeal. Funding required: $75,000 Funding received: $9,000 Status: Actively seeking for funding.
Staff training and development
Top up for a medical officer : $10,056, Training of an orthopedic surgeon:$16,917, Training of a staff in Medical Education-Midwifery:$11,214, Training of a staff in Medical Education-Public Health and Dentistry:$11,214. Status: We are seeking funding pledges.
Pediatrician, monthly;$2400- Annually;$28800, Gynecologist, monthly;$2400- Annually;$28800, Surgeon, monthly;$2400-Annually;$28800, Physician, monthly;$2400- Annually;$28800, Nurse/Midwife, monthly,$601-Annually;$7211, Medical Officer, monthly;$1447-Annually;$17365, Clinical Instructor, monthly;$946-Annually,13614, Tutor, monthly;$1134, Annually-$13614, Clinical Officer, monthly;$703-Annually,$8441.
Salary support for an IT Programmer:Cost:$ 1200 monthly. Net worker Server: Funding required: $8000, 5 mbps broad band internet Band width with monthly charges Funding required: $1250, 15 Desktops (Intel core i5) Funding Required: $669 for each, 20 laptops (Intel core i5) Funding Required:$ 715 for each. Operational costs for a Mobile Community Health Information System(mCHIS);$152172 annually Status: We are still seeking funding pledges