Newsletter - Autumn
Updates from the clinics
Despite the pandemic,
the clinics we currently support in Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda have
continued to provide vital health care for their communities.
Ile Ife mobile clinics, Nigeria
The mobile clinics
have continued to make their monthly visits to their ten communities,
resulting in 30 clinic sessions for the quarter July to September
2020. A total of 1503 children, evenly split between boys and
girls, have been treated with 43 separate conditions being identified
and dealt with by the clinics. The main complaints by far remain
malaria (almost 34% of presentations) and upper respiratory tract
infections (almost 33%).
have been more restricted than usual because of the greater prevalence
of Covid in the country compared to many other African countries.
Nonetheless, work has continued, focusing on malaria prevention through
the provision of anti-mosquito bed nets and on improving
nutrition. There has also been an emphasis on promoting hand
washing and social distancing as ways of reducing the prevalence of
Covid in the community.
their STACC-funded bed nets at the BION Clinic in Kenya
Pope John's, Uganda
In the children's
ward at Pope John's in Uganda, 3459 children were admitted during the
12 months from June 2019. The ward is split into 3 units, namely
the Neonatal Unit (with 18 beds), the Nutrition Unit (11 beds) and the
General Children's ward (48 beds). During the quarter from July
to September 2020, another 815 children have been admitted, including
314 into the Neonatal Unit alone. The challenges faced include
extreme poverty among the surrounding population which leads to major
nutritional problems for young children; late referral of patients
because of the expense of travel to the hospital, so travel is made
only when the condition has become critical; inappropriate
self-medication by parents for their children; and unclean and unsafe
drinking water in many of the surrounding communities.
St Kizito's, Uganda
At St Kizito's, the
children's ward admitted 2303 children between July and September
2020. The ward has 88 beds and demand has been such that on 7
October 2020, the bed occupancy rate was 193%, putting great strain on
the system. Malaria continues to be a key challenge, but anaemia
has also been problematic in recent months. Sadly, some children
suffering from anaemia have died due to shortages in regional blood
banks. Four of the goats bought using STACC funds have recently
produced four sets of twins and will soon be producing milk for
consumption by children in the clinic.
As previously reported, StACC-Ghana has been inactive over the last
couple of years, but we are delighted to say that it has now been
revitalised. Thanks to a donation of £50,000, specifically
designated to support childcare in Ghana, we are delighted to be able
to support the development of the Mothers and Children Unit at the
Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumase. The donation will be
used to purchase essential equipment and we will look forward to
keeping you updated with the development of this Unit in Kumase.
What the support of our
donors means to the children we help
You may be interested to read what some of the parents
have said about the treatments their children receive thanks to your
"I bring my children to the mobile clinic
because I cannot afford the cost of hospital care or the drugs.
The care children get at STACC is free and effective. The main
problems for my children are malaria and coughs. We are made
welcome at the clinic and we are given talks about better childcare".
A mother in Nigeria.
"I brought my four-year old daughter
because she had a fever and had developed a body swelling. The
doctors said that she had malaria but was also not eating enough.
She was put in the Nutrition Unit and they treated her with good
food. She is now well enough to leave hospital."
A father in Uganda.
Future plans to help more children
we look forward, the Board has agreed to investigate possibilities for
supporting a clinic in Malawi, recognising that this may not be the
optimum time financially for STACC. The relationship between
Malawi and Scotland is increasingly one of strength, and the trustees
are of the view that STACC, as a Scottish charity, should be exploring
possible involvement. Malawi is the Scottish Government"s
priority country for international development support, and there is
significant support for Malawi in Scotland generally. Over
100,000 Scots are already involved in community-led partnerships in
Malawi. These include schools, churches, youth groups, sports
clubs, colleges, universities and civil society generally. A
recent survey showed that 46% of Scots can name a friend or family
member with a connection to Malawi. Consequently, the trustees
felt that the time is now right for STACC to contribute to this
Your continuing support is vital to STACC's
work in Africa
are incredibly grateful to our donors for supporting the valuable work
carried out by the clinics. Without this support, the clinics
could not treat the many children in need of vital medical treatment or
support the many families in need of support and advice on nutrition
and disease prevention. Our sincere thanks to our donors for
making this possible, not only from the directors of STACC, but also
from the many families in Africa who have been touched by your
Please read our autumn Letter to
Thank you from Nigeria
Matany Goats ! -
Some photos from Br. Gunther Nahrich of the project funded
by STACC to provide goats' milk for the children at St.Kizito Hospital in
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