STACC issues two newsletters a year, one in the summer and one at Christmas.
Newsletter - Summer 2017
Louis Pasteur said
When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments; tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become.
When you receive this newsletter, STACC will be a couple of months away from its 25th birthday. On 11th September 1992, The Registrar of Companies for Scotland issued a Certificate of Incorporation establishing STACC as a company limited by Guarantee of Charitable Status and not having a share capital (Company Number 140214).
That STACC has grown and reached its Jubilee is due to the generosity and interest of diverse supporters ranging from businesses, rotary clubs, church congregations, charitable trusts and many kind individuals. Their collective giving has provided financial support for the health care of thousands of poor children in six countries of sub-Saharan Africa. This treatment has been and continues to be delivered by care teams of dedicated doctors, nurses, midwives, drivers and secretaries. All deserve our gratitude, especially the seven local coordinators; Dr Mary Hodges (Sierra Leone), Professor Samuel Asaolu (Nigeria), Brother Guenther Narich and Sister Rosemary Nassuna (Uganda), Mr Yahya Al-Sawafy (Pemba Island, Zanzibar), Ms Seleina Limion (Kenya), and Professor Michael Wilson (Ghana). In April, Brother Guenther was the innocent victim of an awful road accident. He was flown home to Germany, had seven operations and now awaits physiotherapy and rehabilitation. We hope he makes the best possible recovery and may one day return to the people he loves and serves. Most appropriately, at the start of the Jubilee, Mrs Lillias Robinson (STACC's finance director) was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours for supporting charitable work in Africa.
STACC hopes to mark its Jubilee by raising at least 25,000 GBP in addition to funds needed for recurrent costs of supporting the work of the care teams in Africa. The 25,000 GBP will be spent on specific needs such as the purchase of essential equipment or improvements in provision for health care. Details will follow about these needs and how to reach the target. The Jubilee year begins this September and ends next so there should be time enough to succeed.
In Sierra Leone (STACC/SL) the infant feeding programme has continued for children up to 24 months. The effort there has served as a pilot programme to help the government expand infant feeding across much of the country.
In Nigeria (STACCILEIFE), the team has succeeded in increasing its service from 16 to 20 mobile clinics each month and STACC has provided 21,476 GBP for the purchase of a replacement 4WD. Free treatment for malaria in young children has continued to be greatly needed and of high priority.
In Uganda (St Kizito Hospital) funds from STACC have continued to provide 36% of the costs of running the Children's Ward, the vegetable garden funded by STACC has flourished, and 8,000 GBP has been sent to help install an improved water supply that will serve the Children's Ward. Dr John Bosco is currently the hospitals administrator during Brother Guenther's absence.
In Uganda (Pope John's Hospital), STACC's latest venture, funds transferred are already providing 12% of the cost of running the Children's Ward. This ward is about half the size of that at St Kizito.
In Zanzibar, Pemba Island, since the start of the year the work of the permanent clinic at Gombani and the outreach service will mean that once again about 22,000 children will be treated during 2017. We understand there remains no other source of free health care for children on Pemba.
In Kenya (BION project), the team serving Maasai children has continued its distribution of milk, food and bednets (action to reduce the biting of mosquitoes that transmit malaria pathogens) to children attending primary schools. Four such distributions will be carried out in 2017.
In Ghana (StACC GHANA), the team is concentrating on increasing health awareness and personal hygiene through school science clubs and educational materials. Children, provided with proper protective clothing and appropriate equipment, have been shown how to remove snails from irrigation channels. Snails are the vectors of the parasitic worms that cause schistosomiasis (Bilharzia), a chronic and debilitating disease leading to permanent tissue damage and other problems.
For the fifth year running Bristows LLP has kindly offered to host a Dinner for STACC at 100 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DH. The Jubilee Dinner is arranged for WEDNESDAY 15th NOVEMBER 2017. Please put the date in your diary; 50 will be the maximum number of guests. Contact DWTC to reserve tickets (address below). STACC also hopes to invite supporters to a Jubilee Cocktail Party in Edinburgh later in the year.