Report - More publicity for the work of Acheru. More building
underway in Uganda.
|Acheru has been
attracting a lot of publicity in recent weeks TV, radio,
and newspapers. Its pleasing to see the work recognised
and it is a big encouragement to the staff. We still hear a lot
about what other agencies plan to do for the disabled in Uganda,
but far too little translates into action and the need for
Acheru is greater than ever. Work is now well under way on
additional buildings a hostel and staff house. This will
let us accommodate up to 12 more patients, most of whom will be
from the north of Uganda. There needs to be some serious
thinking about how to deal with the problems of northern Uganda
too many are looking at symptoms rather than cause and
their help, however well intentioned, wont provide a long
term answer. The work of Acheru there is very small in relation
to the overall need but we are having an impact, and gaining a
lot of experience of the area. More and more people there are
seeing what can be done for a disabled child previously regarded
as beyond hope.
the Acheru staff are encouraging. Joyces studies continue;
she is doing an in-service degree, and some modules are
residential this means she is away from Acheru for short
periods, but has a much better opportunity to work in the
university environment. We believe her course will considerably
benefit her work in Acheru. I am also waiting for updates on
Paul and Apollos studies suitable training is a
sound investment for the future.
|I recently took
a quantity of very valuable medical equipment to England for our
CBM partners. There is enough now in preparation to justify
another run soon, but our hand over to Medi Aid is now complete
and in future equipment coming out of hospitals here will be
handled by them. Our interest will now be limb reconstruction
equipment for Acheru and our partners, and we will also try to
help Kiwoko Hospital when possible. We are presently preparing
two batches of Ilizarov frames, one for Kiwoko, one for CBM, and
spare parts for air freight to Kiwoko.
books and DVDs available.
Tree, The Boat and The Broken Leg, and The Road to
Kabembe, £10.00 each including UK postage and
packing, and a 30 minute DVD on the work of Acheru, available
free. Its an amateur film, but gives a good taste
of life in Acheru.