Ukerewe Mattress Project

Update with photographs showing the before and after state of matresses in use at this hospital

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An update to this page now includes the Certificate of Appreciation received by Alasdair on behalf of the Rotary Club of Braids in Edinburgh.

Certificate of Appreciation from Ukerewe


When Alasdair visited as part of the team repairing and refurbishing at this hospital, he was shocked at the fact that patients were sleeping on foam matresses still soiled by previous occupants of the beds.

Nurse having use soiled bedding for next patient.

Once the patient had been discharged, their mattress was put out into the sun to dry before being put back on the bed for the next patient. Hygiene left much to be desired.

Soiled mattress drying in the sun before being put back on the bed.


Alasdair started a project, supported by a number of clubs and a grant from Rotary International to buy modern mattresses that could be wiped clean and disinfected, so improving hygiene and patient care significantly. They arrived safely and below you can see them on the loading bay ready to go to the hospital.

New hygeinic mattresses bound for Ukerewe Hospital

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