Ngora

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Ngora is a district of the Eastern Region of Uganda. 230 kilometres north east of the capital, Kampala, it has a population of 101,900 (2002 census). Palliative care is non-existent in this rural area where patients are scattered and isolated.
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We are enabling a Ugandan charity – FADO-T – to employ a team of qualified palliative care nurses and ten Community Health workers. They provide a holistic service, including condition specific medication and pain killers, to isolated clients, many of whom have terminal cancers or Aids. This work is established with advice from the Freda Carr Hospital and approval of the local Health Authority.

Our partnership commenced in 2012 and is bringing regular palliative care to more than 100 registered clients at any one time. Due to ignorance, many clients suffer not only physically but socially and emotionally through rejection and isolation. Also, in a huge area where movement is difficult, MAI has funded the purchase of a motorbike for the staff team and a bicycle for each of the Health workers.
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Uganda project suspended

Sadly, the Board of MAI have taken the decision to suspend our grant aid to FADO-T for their palliative care work in the Ngora region of Uganda for the time being.  This follows their own suspension of a key staff worker while investigations are carried out into broken relationships and reporting difficulties.  MAI takes such matters very seriously and awaits the findings prayerfully.  We deeply regret the impact on the lives of patients who have been supported with end of life care.

August 21st, 2015|Ngora|

HIV in Ngora District

Alola (pictured above on the left) is typical of many clients cared for by the FADO-T team and funded by MAI. Alola is 40. She lives in a tiny village and is HIV positive. She has a daughter but her understanding of HIV and how to care for her mother was negligible. Her mother deteriorated, suffering with an advanced HIV related disease.  She became unable to walk and had no ready access to healthcare. By the time the Palliative Care team found her, she was in a state of neglect, primarily due to ignorance.  In many other similar cases, the patient may be in such a condition because of being abandoned by family or neighbours, given the stigma attached to HIV. 

July 7th, 2014|Ngora, Projects|

Amazing story from Ngora

"Without this care, I would have died." Those were the extraordinary words of Charles, lying on his bed in a village in Ngora District, Uganda. MAI Board member, Dr John Gilbert, was visiting our Ugandan Partner - FADO-T; Charles was one of many patients he was taken to see. Charles, like hundreds of others, is being cared for by a team of Community Healthworkers under the supervision of a highly qualified palliative care nurse, Nurse Rose. She, the team, their transport and consumables are funded by MAI. Charles had fallen from a tree; as a result, he is paralysed from the waist down. When the team were made aware of him, he was in a poor state. He had some

June 18th, 2014|Ngora, Projects|

Dr Gilbert travels for MAI

Dr John Gilbert - Board member of MAI, retired GP and Birmingham University lecturer - is currently in Uganda where he is reviewing the Palliative Care project supported by MAI and providing training to local medical staff. He is expected to meet local health officials to explore nationally available funding. The project is held in high regard by local officials but access to Government funding is proving illusive. Before arriving in the Ngora district in Uganda, John was able to visit Bishop Taban in Yei, South Sudan. We await his report but he was taken to see a large community of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have taken refuge in Yei from the ethnic violence afflicting South Sudan. He was

April 25th, 2014|Ngora, Projects|

Otim Henry

I am confident that if this project is availed more support, it would make a great change in the lives of our community

March 4th, 2014|Ngora|

Patient numbers increase for the fourth consecutive quarter!

In the last quarter of 2013, Ngora Home Caregivers visited 192 registered clients. Sadly, there were 2 bereavements in this period. Other members of the FADO-T team undertake bereavement counselling. Of the total clients, 57% were HIV positive. One of the greatest challenges continues to be the vast areas that each Caregiver has to cover among these scattered rural communities. While the bicycles that MAI has funded are proving a boon, it is more difficult for the supervisory staff to travel, using the one motorbike that we provided.

February 10th, 2014|Ngora, Projects|