Mayanja Memorial Hospital Foundation

The Mayanja Memorial Foundation offers a range of health and education community based services in the Western region of Uganda. The Foundation directly advances the work of the Mayanja Memorial Hospital and Mayanja Memorial Training Institute, medical service and educational institutions respectively. Collectively, these institutions complement the government's effort to deliver high quality health services and respond to the increased demand for health professionals in the region.
Dec 3, 2012

FRUITS OF GLOBAL GIVING INITIATIVE

November is a special time at the Mayanja Memorial Medical Training Institute. It is the time when nurses take their national examination after months of hard work; it also marks the anniversary of our partnership with GlobalGiving, which has run for two years now.  We are extremely proud of our affiliation with GlobalGiving through which we have raised over US 24,000!

Four students who are sitting for their exams this month were sponsored by your donations through GlobalGiving. We sent them s “good luck” cards to wish them well and organized a session to build their confidence in preparation for the examination. All four young nurses expressed much gratitude to GlobalGiving for supporting their education, and promised to perform well and build on this foundation they have for a brighter future. Attached is a letter of appreciation from one student to the Managing Director of the Institute—a clear sign of this gratitude.

We know that none of this would have been possible without your support behind the scenes! Thank you, again, for your generosity.


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Oct 15, 2012

ONE MORE MOTHER SAVED-THANK YOU PARTNERS

The project to support healthy deliveries encourages women to start antenatal care (ANC) visits early, during the first trimester(3) months of their pregnancy. The take-up of ANC services has been high in the last quarter, with over 30 women attending all four ANC visits—as recommended by our clinicians.  In the same period, the project assisted 53 normal deliveries, 24 assisted vaginal deliveries, 41 cesarean sections and 2 macerated still births.

Among the achievements listed, the project was instrumental in saving the life of a young mother whose story is narrated below:

Joy, a 27-year old mother of 3 from Kiruhura district, was referred to Mayanja Memorial Hospital through our village network after having attempted a Caesarean section delivery at a local clinic. Joy was brought to the hospital with parts of her placenta still in her womb, a high-fever and what transpired to become a life-threatening infection. Clinicians at the hospital were able to save Joy’s life by conducting a hysterectomy, though sadly, her baby did not survive.  Upon recovery, Joy was discharged and advised to come back for a review after two weeks. When she returned, though drained and recovering from a large emotional loss, she expressed much gratitude to the Mayanja Memorial Hospital’s safe delivery program:  “I would be dead by now if it wasn’t for the health worker who paid me a visit.”

Certainly, we know that helping mothers like Joy takes commitment and resources – and we are grateful to you, our donors, for supporting this cause with your donations. Thank you from the staff at the hospital and the community around Mbarara. We invite you to make another donation so we can continue to ensure that more vulnerable mothers can access safe deliveries.

Aug 2, 2012

APPRECIATION AND JOY FOR OUR ACHIEVEMENTS

taking vital signs of admitted woman
taking vital signs of admitted woman

Through our efforts on Global Giving, the Mayanja Memorial Scholarship Fund had raised a new round of approximately USD 4,500 in January 2012. This was used to cover the tuition for ten students – all of whom are in their final year of the program and will receive their nurse certification soon.

Funding secured through Global Giving in the last year was also used to ensure that four additional students finished their state final exams and scored very high ranks! We are very proud of this achievement and recognize that it is owed in a large part to the funding that we have received from you, our generous sponsors. It allowed students to concentrate on their books and practical exams and not worry about piecing together different financing to cover their educational expenses.

As the Mayanja Memorial Hospital Foundation, we are overjoyed to see how this joint effort with Global Giving has offered many young Ugandans a bright future. It has given aspiring nurses a clear pathway to employment in the health sector, a strong foundation of clinical training which can be further deepened over the years, and a tangible means to uplift their family’s living conditions.

Below is a photo illustrating the joy that Edith – a scholarship recipient – brings to her work as she trains as a nurse-midwife. Like many other students at the Mayanja Memorial Training Institute, Edith is an orphan to HIV/AIDS.  She is intelligent, curious and eager to learn but simply unable to source the funds necessary for her higher education. The Scholarship Fund has will cover her payments for all five semesters, putting a smile to her face now and offering her a whole new set of opportunities tomorrow. 

Edith is taking vital signs of a pregnant admitted woman in a practical session

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