With Covid-19, lock-downs, restricted travel, limited PPE, social distancing, the nurses and doctors in western Uganda continue to deliver babies and general health care to an impoverished, isolated and marginalized population in Fort Portal. These are the real heroes. Front line health workers who continue to provide quality and compassionate health care. We want to say a sincere thank you to every health worker around the world
Even though COVID-19 has captured the world’s attention, there are still many other health issues people continue to face every single day.
Babies are still being born. Essential surgery is continuing. People still need emergency care after road traffic crashes. People still need treatment for cancer, diabetes, HIV, malaria and many other diseases.
The last couple of months globally have been turned upside down as we learn how to live with COVID-19 in our communities. The Curiosity Project has had to put all of our in-person training programs on hold and fundraising has been a challenge as many have faced significant economic loss during this time.
FINS Medical University has had to close down the school and students are doing their best to keep up on their studies virtually, but with unstable internet and lack of computer access for most students, many have returned home to their villages to be help their families. FINS has placed all new COVID-19 precautions into practice at the school and newly constructed hospital, hoping student will soon be allowed to return and that the hospital will receive all the equipment and staff it needs to open. FINS is continuing medical outreach to the communities that are vulnerable and isolated! Our hope is that by helping the communities to stay home and out of the health facilities, public transport, and town for their HIV treatment, blood pressure medications, or basic health ailments, we help limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19 that has spiked within the towns. But what about all the babies that are still being born? We need trained birth attendants that can safely help deliver babies even if the proper facility or equipment is not available. We must help get FINS hospital the equipment it needs to open and safely see patients.
Your monthly donations help us to continue to provide healthcare to the people within their communities. Our communities we serve in the western region of Uganda.
Here is a note from Victor (founder and president of FINS) in Uganda
"Today I realised that the covid19 is really biting and a good number of people really dont have what to eat. They are starving, this feeling brought back bad memories to me. In 1993 when I lost both my parents I and my siblings could not afford a meal. Sometimes we would really go hungry as in hungry and no one cared.
We would feed on the scent/good smell from neighbors frying their meat.
Our lives were full of wishes, I wish I was born there! I wish I could steal that sauce pan of mean, I wish may parents could come back and the wishes went on and on and on until sleep took away our misery but only for a while.
There are times when one really feels like things will never get better but I kept hoping. No one or a few people really cared about us, it's as if we never existed but after our Aunts adopted us and me in particular and helped me get education and taught me how to work? Many people seem to have the best explanation of my little success" he went under the sea, he is a devil worshiper, his things are not his, he works for someone else " and the explanation goes on and on and on and on. And this gets me thinking. Why were the people not having any explanation as why I was poor, why I had no parents etc.
My fellow youth and the old, let's keep our Hope's high, let's not give up let's fight on and let's pray more. Hard times only last for a while if we believe. Enjoy"
Please help us continue to support Victor and FINS as we prepare for the borders to re-open and safely travel once again.