International Community of Banyakigezi

Kisiizi Hospital Emergency Fund

KISIIZI HOSPITAL POST-FLOODS UPDATE (October 3, 2017)

Dear friends,

I have received very good news from Dr. Ian Spillman, the Medical Superintendent of Kisiizi Hospital which was heavily damaged by floods early last month.

Dr. Spillman wrote:

  1. The key functions of the hospital are restored i.e. power, water and usable wards.
  2. The next phase is mitigation against future events to avoid a recurrence.
  3. Patient numbers fell as the publicity told people we were under water! But services are in place, surgery is on-going and so on.
  4. We are grateful for what has been achieved already and it is now moving from the acute disaster management phase to the recovery/development phase.

Our fundraising effort through GoFundMe is going very well. We are very grateful to everyone who has already donated to this cause. We are also grateful to the Uganda Government’s prompt response and assistance to the disaster at Kisiizi.

The Senior Administration Team at Kisiizi Hospital is making arrangements for receiving direct donations of Uganda Shillings via Mobile Money Transfers. I will communicate the official telephone number as soon as I get it.  

Those who have not done so, please join us in this important effort to support Kisiizi Hospital.

Every dollar, pound sterling or shilling you donate will go directly to Kisiizi Hospital, and you will receive full accounting by Dr. Ian Spillman, the Medical Superintendent of the hospital.

Please click this link and help our people at Kisiizi Hospital.

For information about Kisiizi Hospital, please click this link.

Thank you, once again, for your support.

Dr. Muniini K. Mulera

President, International Community of Banyakigezi

ICOB Board Members:

Dr. Peter M. Bikangaga – Toronto, Ontario
Ms. Beatrice Hamujuni-Smith – London, UK
Dr. James Mugisha – Vancouver,  BC
Ms. Peninah Ngategize – Kampala, Uganda
Mr. Leo Nkurunziza – Washington, DC

ICOB Executive Members:

Vice President: Ms. Judie Nkusi – Phoenix, Arizona
Secretary: Ms. Carol Kemigisha – Yellowknife, NWT
Treasurer: Ms. Dorothy Angole – Washington, DC

www.abanyakigezi.net


Dear friends,

Kisiizi Hospital, one of the best managed community general hospitals in rural East Africa, has been devastated by floods. I am reaching out to you as a man born and raised less than 20 kilometers from that hospital, in Kigezi region of Uganda, and on behalf of the Board of the International Community of Banyakigezi (ICOB).

I have lived in Canada for 36 years and I practice medicine as a children’s doctor in Newmarket, Ontario. Other members of the Board of Directors of ICOB live and work in Canada, the United Kingdom, the USA and Uganda. However, our hearts remain firmly grounded in our place of birth and upbringing. We share our people’s joy, their pain and challenges.

As a child, I admired my village and all areas surrounding it.  It was always green and lush, inviting all eyes of children to play and run in the hills and swampy valleys. One of the most beautiful places was Kisiizi valley, home of the great hospital where our parents took us for our health care needs. The work of the pioneer doctors and nurses at Kisiizi must have made a great impression on my young mind.

On September 10, 2017, a tragedy befell my lovely village and the surrounding region. Floods washed away hills, houses and small bridges. Kisiizi Hospital was flooded for days, with devastating effects. Three patients – two newborn babies and an 8-year-old child – died because of disrupted oxygen supply and warmth.

Photos by: Dr. Ian Spillman

The hospital’s critical infrastructure, including its power generation/distribution system and the water supply system, was severely damaged. A lot of patient care equipment and other materials were irreparably damaged. The cost of restoring the hospital to its pre-flood functioning and service delivery will exceed $500,000 (five hundred thousand dollars.) We need your help as Kisiizi Hospital tries to leap back to regular operations. We cannot do it without you.

  • With $20, you can fund a pair of bedsheets for inpatients.
  • With $40, you can fund a hospital grade mattress.
  • With $100, you can fund a small emergency oxygen cylinder.
  • With $1,000, you can fund the construction of robust support for High Voltage power cable that is a critical piece in the hospital’s power supply.
  • With $4,000, you can fund a petrol generator to power the Maternal-Child and Adult Medical Wards.
  • With $40,000, you can fund a 60KW solar power generator to provide electricity to all the patient care  buildings.

Every dollar you donate will go directly to Kisiizi Hospital, and you will receive full accounting by Dr. Ian Spillman, the Medical Superintendent of the hospital.

Please click this link and help our people at Kisiizi Hospital.

For information about Kisiizi Hospital, please click this link.

Thank you for your support.

Dr. Muniini K. Mulera

President, International Community of Banyakigezi

ICOB Board Members:

Dr. Peter M. Bikangaga – Toronto, Ontario
Ms. Beatrice Hamujuni-Smith – London, UK
Dr. James Mugisha – Vancouver,  BC
Ms. Peninah Ngategize – Kampala, Uganda
Mr. Leo Nkurunziza – Washington, DC

ICOB Executive Members:

Vice President: Ms. Judie Nkusi – Phoenix, Arizona
Secretary: Ms. Carol Kemigisha – Yellowknife, NWT
Treasurer: Ms. Dorothy Angole – Washington, DC

www.abanyakigezi.net

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