The Katate Health Center is located in the capital of the Kanungu District. At the moment there are three wards for male, female patients and for gynecology - mostly pregnant women. Until end of 2019 there was no doctor (see "the latest news") and still there was no possibility to perform cesarean sections. Women in difficult labor suffer from great pain and a high mortality rate. Any kind of surgery has not been possible over the last decades. This has been the most urgent need of the community in Kanungu: an operation theater with the possibility to perform basic live saving operations such as cesarean sections and urgent procedures for stuck hernias or acute appendicitis. Until recently there was no possibility to treat any of these conditions. People had to travel on to the next district - mostly on bad roads as we are talking about rural Uganda in the deep north west on the border to DRC and Ruanda.
The Katate Health Center recently has been equipped with a full functional laboratory by an American HIV and AIDS organization. This laboratory is small but well equipped, full
functional and able to do all tests needed for blood, serum, urine samples, HIV and malaria-testing and other infectious diseases. With this laboratory one of the major requirements for a full
functioning hospital with a surgical department already exists.
We have built an operation theater to perform basic live saving surgery with one major operating room and two sites for minor procedures such as wound dressing, abscess drainage and dentistry. Once the operation theater has been built the Katate Health Center is considered a proper hospital. This causes the government to support the hospital annually to cover a part of the running costs and especially to pay for a doctor to be there permanently. This is one way to have sustainability in this project - the legal "public private partnership" concept.
The realization of this project needs foreign investment as the Kanungu District as any other district in Uganda can´t afford the costs for building an operation theater out of their own resources. The Ugandan government claims to offer free health care for every one but in reality there is no functioning health care system in Uganda at all.
The costs for building the operation theater has been approx. 70,000 euros for the building and additionally 30,000 Euros for the equipment. The construction work has started in November 2016 and has been finished in the dry season December 2018/January 2019. Especially the installation of an energy solar based power system which was accomplished in November 2019 was another crucial step in our project.
This is an initiative of ordinary people coming together in an international team of doctors, pastors, church members, an architect, NGO members and many many people like you and me helping together to make this project come true. We can´t change the world but together we can change a little piece of this world and make it a little bit better for some of us. And once it is accomplished - this project even will save the life of many people. This is based on our believe:
That we shall no longer live for ourselves but for Jesus Christ who gave himself to deliver us from sin and by faith we became new people. New inside, new in thinking, new in the way we live and most of all - in the way we love.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him." Jon 3,16+17
The news in these days do speak for themselves. And what will we do?! We have to decide how we want to live in this world. Are we shocked by the news, are we paralyzed from what we see and do we turn away from it? Or do we decide to step in and make a difference?! Do we decide to stand up and change something? Just a little bit, a little place - just what we can do. This is our responsibility - to decide. It is our own choice we have to make.
Bad things are happening because we refuse to do the good things. Instead of complaining about the darkness it is better to light up a bright light.
We love what we do. How will you decide - what will you do?! You don´t have to give money to us - come and visit our project first and then decide what you want to do. Best would be - you start your own project ...
The next steps for the hospital are as follows:
1.) renovation of the existing old buildings - 4 x 8.000 EUR (=32.000 EUR)
2.) building roofed walkways (rainy season!) all over the hospital compound - approx. 14.000 EUR
THE SOLAR SYSTEM HAS BEEN INSTALLED! THANKS A LOT TO BOS-AG NEU-ULM/GERMANY
AND BRED-FOR-THE-HUNGRY !
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