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September 2013 Report - New arrangements with CoRSU and a volunteer physiotherapist for Acheru
I’ve told you recently about some of the problems caused by increased patient numbers, particularly for northern Uganda. We’ve been able to avoid having to turn serious cases away by making arrangements with CoRSU, the hospital where we make our surgical referrals, to send patients direct to them when Acheru is full. We’re also looking at how to deal with transporting increased numbers from the north, and I’ve asked the Acheru staff to look at various options for dealing with this. Despite the practical difficulties I can assure you as donors that no child is being turned away because of cost. We’re obviously trying to work as cost effectively as possible, but I’ve been able to reassure the Acheru staff that they will continue to deal with every child in a way appropriate to their need, and no one in urgent need of help will be turned away. Of course our costs have risen significantly, but you have enabled us to cope with this.
Then there’s the increased burden on the staff – with Acheru, with the increased numbers, and also in the community with the problems I’ve mentioned before of not only finding children, but persuading families to release them for treatment. At Acheru they are considering what additional help is needed, and whether someone helping with finance and administration, for example, would release Joyce and Harriet for other work. We do now have some more medical help – Luke Dick, a young physiotherapist from here, has just arrived at Acheru, intending to work there as a volunteer for six months. We also now have a new social worker, Rose, enabling them to develop community work.
The growth in patient numbers, and demands on the staff and finance, means it’s time to take a fresh look at everything we are doing, and how we prepare for the future. As well as striving to maintain medical standards, we don’t want to lose the Christian ethos of Acheru, or the ‘family’ atmosphere which is so important to us.
I hope to have more news on all this soon, meanwhile please keep everyone involved in your prayers as we prepare for the future.
Brian Dorman

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