LATEST NEWS... February 2017
In partnership with the charity Humanity First we have helped to provide a CPAP machine to save newborn lives in The Gambia. Plus, a generous donation from Tonbridge Rotary Group will enable us to send two more CPAP devices to save more newborn babies to a hospital in need. THANK YOU.
At the end of the year, further equipment was dispatched to Mbale Referral Hospital, Uganda including a CPAP machine, which is a special device that helps sick babies and infants to breathe and is frequently lifesaving. Nurses using the CPAP refer to it as a "miracle machine" because of the marvellous results it has.
SAWW has also donated 3 badly needed patient monitors for use in the 3 busy operating theatres. These monitors will help to ensure safe anaesthesia for pregnant mothers, children and adults in need of emergency surgery. The monitors will be in use every single day of the week. Mbale hospital is the only major hospital in the district that provides free healthcare to patients and the staff work extremely hard to maintain high standards of care in a difficult location with limited resources.
The CPAP was gifted thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous donor and the patient monitors were made possible by a grant from the Kitchen Table Charities Trust.
SAWW donated an oxygen concentrator and flow splitters to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital for treating new born babies in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. The PICU was established and is run by Dr Adam Hewitt-Smith and Dr Kathy Burgoine, who also run a small charity, Born on the Edge, to support the hospital. The equipment was supplied by Diamedica and MD Robert Neighbour visited the hospital to provide installation and training at no cost to either charity. Robert reported that during his visit the unit was caring for 37 babies in 10 beds – and it was a slow week! The unit does fantastic work and has reduced the local child mortality from 50% to 15%. The donated equipment is being used constantly and the oxygen concentrators running non-stop.
Above: Newborn babies on CPAP machines in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Mbale Hospital
Below: Twins born at Mbale Hospital, one of whom needed help to breathe with a CPAP machine.
Photos from Born on the Edge, Mbale, Uganda