SAWW secured funding for specialist breathing therapy (CPAP)used to treat thousands of sick and premature babies in the neonatal unit at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda.
The neonatal intensive care unit at Mbale Hospital is full to bursting with tiny babies fighting to breathe and clinging to life. More mothers with babies arrive daily and resources are stretched. Amazing improvements in care have reduced newborn mortality from 50% to 11%. Specialist CPAP machines that keep sick babies breathing have been running non-stop for 3 years and urgently need servicing. Any breakdown means babies will die, but there is no back up to use during servicing or repairs.
SAWW arranged for spares for servicing, as well as additional new CPAP equipment to be sent to the unit so that lifesaving CPAP treatment of babies is never interrupted due to breakdowns or routine servicing needs. All the equipment supplied is suitable for a low-resourced hospital and inexpensive to run.
We had hoped to send a qualified engineer to service the old equipment, install new equipment and train hospital staff to maintain the equipment properly, but restrictions due to COVID19 have prevented this for the present time.
The future of CPAP therapy at Mbaleis secured for many years to come. The impact of this project will be an improvement in the long-term reliability and resilience of CPAP equipment in the NICU. Hospital staff will continue to deliver CPAP therapy with increased confidence. Mothers and families will not suffer the heartbreak of losing a premature baby.
Premature and sick babies will continue to receive life-saving treatment at Mbale RR Hospital in Uganda. Mothers and families are saved the heartbreak of losing a premature baby.