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October 2012 Report - Another big step for Acheru.
By now the interviews should have taken place to appoint a physiotherapist to replace Paul. I think there were a number of applicants who seemed suitable, so I hope to have more news soon.
We are now in agreement about how the Acheru work should be developed in northern Uganda. Sam went to Minakulu recently to finalise our memorandum of understanding with the health centre we will be working from, and local staff should be appointed soon. The aim is to start with an orthopaedic officer, a nurse, and a community based rehabilitation worker, with the possibility of taking on a physiotherapist later. We need to prepare and equip examination and treatment facilities at Minakulu, and I hope soon to send out some suitable equipment by air freight.
This is another big step for Acheru, and we will be monitoring it very carefully. We hope many more children can be helped. I think to start with we will be looking at a backlog of surgical cases, but it’s our hope that effective outpatient and community work can also be developed. We are doing all we can to ensure that we are working in cooperation with any other agencies in the area, and we hope to be able to accept referrals from them.
Working in the north means Acheru should now be treating many more children. We have to pay hospital costs for all those we refer for surgery, and although these are subsidised, it is becoming an increasing burden. Our agreement on costs runs to the end of this year, and we hope as soon as possible that we can finalise what the charges will be after that, so that we can look at budgets. We have never had to turn away a child because of expense, and we hope we never have to.
Brian Dorman

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