March 2012 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. It’s 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, won’t 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.
Reports from the Acheru staff are encouraging. Joyce’s 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 Apollo’s 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.
Plenty of books and DVDs available.
“The 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. It’s an amateur film, but gives a good ‘taste’ of life in Acheru.
Brian Dorman

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