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STACC issues two newsletters a year, one in the summer and one at Christmas.

Newsletter - Christmas 2018

Article 24 of the UN Convention on the rights of the child states

Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care &. and education on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.


We wish you a restful Christmas with your families and friends and peace and the best possible health for all of you throughout 2019. 

STACC thanks you for your donations which have underpinned the provision of health care for African children in 2018. Just now many charities will appeal to you to help good causes and we hope your concern for STACC will still have high priority. As during 2017, STACCs expenditure has again exceeded income in 2018, but thanks to your earlier generosity STACC has been able to meet its commitments to the various centres for health care. The number of STACCs supporters has not declined but amounts given have. STACC will need at least 100,000 annually to maintain all recurrent commitments. We must strive to increase the income flow and so avoid unwelcome cuts to the provision of health care.

The team based at Ile-Ife, Nigeria, has managed to run 20 mobile clinics a month reaching 10 communities. Free health care is delivered to 7,000 young children thanks to 33,600 transferred annually to support the programme. STACCs funds have provided 32,000 (36%) and 20,000 (42%) of the annual costs of running the Childrens Wards at St Kizitos Hospital and Pope Johns Hospital respectively in Uganda. STACC has also enabled St Kizitos to established a flock of goats to provide quality milk for malnourished children at the hospital; health care sometimes follows an unusual course. The BION project in Kenya (BION is a Maasai acronym for Health for Mothers and Children) has had another successful year with distributions of food and insecticide-treated bednets costing 6.000 annually.

After 17 years, STACC reluctantly decided to withdraw support for health care on Pemba Island, Zanzibar. STACC was carrying 60% of the cost of the fixed clinic at Gombani and outreach service but the Board decided not to take the financial risk of providing the full 100%. The team in Ghana has found that travelling several 100 miles between Accra and Bongo District has become too onerous so the Board has invited them to submit a new plan for delivering health care to children in Ghana .

During the year, Graham Paterson resigned from the Board after 26years. He was one of three colleagues who brought STACC into being. We thank him and wish him well; STACC will miss his wide knowledge of financial and accounting matters. Virginia Crompton also resigned due to the pressure of managing her company.

In October, Investec (www.qmile.com) hosted for STACC a most enjoyable and well attended Quiz Night at its offices at Quartermile One in Edinburgh. Sincerest thanks to David Lancaster and his team. The plan to have a Dinner for STACC at Bristows (www.bristows.com) in November had to be cancelled, but we are delighted that Bristows will host a Dinner in spring 2019 with Katherine Laurenson, a good friend of STACC, as organizer in London.

Sir James Mellon (STACC Vice-President) has just published The Great African Bangle Culture a fascinating account of how bangles have contributed to the many traditional rituals of indigenous people across the continent. He has generously assigned all profits in support of STACC. Copies may be ordered from Fruitful Publications www.africanbangleculture.com. The book will make an ideal Christmas present for those interested in Africa.
Small enterprises can also do well for STACC. Three friends raised 183.20 one afternoon by selling books at St Marks NW8.