Nov 25, 2016

Jasper thanks you!


In the summer of 2016, I traveled to Uganda to meet NETwork Against Malaria's recipients. Jasper, now a P6, was proud to show us the net he received years ago and still uses.  His mother, newly widowed, was so glad to meet those who gave him the net, she shared with us bananas and corn.  She works the farm alone while Jasper is in school.  He walks three miles home from school and then spends his evening and nights laboring by her side.

Thank you for supporting our students like Jasper. With your help, NETwork Against Malaria has distributed nets to every grade school in Katulikire. 

Sep 19, 2016

A trip to Katulikire...

Lucy and Scovia
Lucy and Scovia

When at Katulikire Health Center I recognized how few drugs they had.  They had no doctor, at all, ever, only nurses who completed two year degrees, and no additional training. These woman, just in the morning I was there, managed a snake bite, child birth, and about a dozen cases of malaria. 

I was humbled and honored to participate in a net distribution.  I have never been so grateful or fulfilled as when seven different students showed me their huts and their mats where they still used nets they had received years ago.  Their homes were cement and mud one room round houses with thatched roofs.  They grew whatever they could around them and walked barefooted miles to and from school.  

Kiryandongo, along the Nile, has one of the highest prevalence of malaria in the country.  The people are very poor and cannot afford treatment. I was proud I had done something to help.

I cannot express how grateful I am to you for your past support, to make it possible for us to distribute nets and fix the Katulikire ambulance.  They use the ambulance to transport critical patients to an in patient hospital miles away.  Without it, the people could not reach the care they urgently need.

My journey in Uganda solidified for me the desire to do international medical work throughout my career.  I ate the food, learned a bit of the language, observed and participated in medical care, and made many new friends. I am determined to work hard and return in order to lessen disparities between peoples.  Poor health inhibits one’s ability to experience aspects of joy.  Poor health care robs a mother of her child.  Poor resources mean a child may die while driving forty minutes on a boda boda to the emergency room, or a bowel obstruction surgery may not go as well when the electricity goes out and the procedure is completed under the glow of a flashlight.  GECC, the ECPs, and the nurses and doctors of Nyakibale are working tirelessly to improve the health and resources of Nyakibale.  Now I am determined to do the same.

I thank you again for your support in the past.  I’ve attached a photo of a photo of Lucy and Scovia two sisters who received nets years ago and showed me their home in Kiryandongo, and a photo me giving a net to a P1 student at Livingstone Primary School.  Thank you for your support.  While I was there, I hope I helped further the efforts of NETwork Against Malaria and improved the care of patients I interacted with.  I hope I served the people of Kiryandongo well.  I will continue my work with NETwork Against Malaria and will train to serve people in Uganda as a medical professional in the future.  I will work towards eliminating barriers to health and happiness.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

With my gratitude and well wishes,

Mary Claire McGlynn

St. Livingstone Net Recipient
St. Livingstone Net Recipient
Jun 16, 2016

Malaria outbreak in Northern Uganda

Children at a distribution
Children at a distribution

A young father arrives on the back of a motor bike with his seven-year-old daughter in arms. Limp and unresponsive, she has been diagnosed with malaria in a northern hospital, but she is too sick for their care. They have transferred her to this referral center with the promise of treatment. The hospital checks her blood and confirms the malaria diagnosis. They also confirm that she will likely die without a blood transfusion, but the hospital is out of blood. She cannot stay at this hospital. They must travel on. The father sobs. There is no money for transport to another hospital. Please do what they can here, or he will have to bring her back home without treatment. Malaria cases surge in northern Uganda. Kitgum hospital which typically sees 1,000 cases a week (a number already too high) is now seeing 5,000. This epidemic is straining the health care system. There aren't enough doctors, nurses to help the patients. There aren't enough beds in the hospital--patients are sleeping on the hospital grounds. Hospitals are running out of blood for patients. They are running out of malaria medication. Families cannot afford the treatment. You can help! We are preparing to distribute 5,000 nets next week in northern Uganda to help stop this epidemic. Every dollar you give helps immensely.

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