Following the success of the first two visits of a Vocational Training Team to Kamuli Mission Hospital, we have developed a programme of visits that we hope will continue for the next few years


The focus of the two visits to Kamuli in 2014 was maternal health care, and specifically emergency birth skills. During the April 2014 visit the team members delivered training in the nursing school as well as providing some support on the wards. On the September visit the team spent more time in the wards, working with the tutors, the nursing staff and the students.

Kamuli Mission Hospital also has a paediatrics ward and so in 2015 we sent both an obstetrics team and a paediatrics team. 

In January and February 2015 we recruited eight more medical professionals to join the team. All five of the 2014 team members were very keen to return to Kamuli so then had a team of thirteen dedicated midwives, paediatric nurses, obstetricians and paediatricians. Two of the team members are members of Elthorne-Hillingdon Rotary Club and the other eleven team members are supported by Rotary Clubs from across the district. One team member has since had to drop out due to family commitments but we still have a team of twelve people willing to give up their holidays to visit Kamuli and to do some amazing work there. 

We organised two visits to Kamuli Mission Hospital and the nursing school in 2015 and have had one visit so far in 2016: a team of four spent one week there in April 2015: a team of six spent one week there in October 2015 and a team of four visited for one week in May 2016.

Read more about the programme in the attached March 2015 newsletter.

April 2015 visit

The April team members flew from Heathrow to Entebbe in Uganda on 17th April. Aisha Alzouebi, Adele van der Lee, Jacqui Gillbanks and Laura Wallbank had an amazing one week visit, training the doctors, the tutors, nursing staff and students, as well as staff from other clinics in the surrounding area. In total they trained over 130 people. They took toys for children on the paediatric ward, helped on the maternity ward and in theatre, spoke with the Medical Superintendent about hospital cleaning practices, and generally were hugely busy and productive. They reported on the delights of seeing how skills in the hospital and nursing school have increased since their first visit in April 2014. Just a few of the photos are shown above.

October 2015 visit

Gillian Pearce led the Octobr team and for the first time they planned two consecutive training courses: one on emergency birth skills and the other on paediatrics care skills. Jide, Nia and Hazel taught the paediatrics course while Gillian, Vikki and Holly taught the birth emergency skills course. Nia, Hazel and Holly were all first-time visitors to Kamuli.

Yet again, the team taught a huge number of staff and students from Kamuli and the surrounding area. This time they also taught staff from Mubende Hospital, supported by Abingdon Vesper Rotary Club as well as staff from Buluba Hospital. In total they trained 178 people.

The paediatrics training team focussed on the recognition and emergency treatment of sick children. All trainees were presented with lanyards with Paediatric Early Warning Score (PEWS) observation charts, with the normal ranges for observations in children in different age ranges.

Another new initiative for this visit was the awards ceremony. The team members have always presented certificates to the trainees, but this time they presented awards to the best performing trainees as well as to the staff of the cleanest hospital wards, as judged by the hospital management. 

Alongside the medical practitioners who visit the hospital with Kamuli Friends, the Rotary Vocational Training Team is making a sustained difference to the way that the staff and students operate. The Kamuli Friends volunteers are able to assist the staff and students to put into practice the techniques that they are taught in the classroom by the training teams. With each visit, our team members see improvements in skills on the wards and in training in the classrooms. 

May 2016 visit

Aisha, Jacqui and Adele all returned to Kamuli, having last visited in April 2015. The fourth member of the team, Duli, was new to Kamuli, but is another experienced midwife who has travelled in a few countries in east Africa. Some of the classes were smaller than on previous visits, but this meant that the students and staff could all practice on the training dolls. The team members also spent some time on the wards and they were able to work with the British medical students visiting the hospital with Kamuli Friends. The new guest house built by Kamuli Friends was very well received. Kamuli Friends is continuing its development of a programme of visiting medical students and qualified medical professionals, as well as a programme of investment in buildings and equipment.

Team member visits to clubs

Our team members are happy to speak to clubs in our district to tell them about the programme and about their experiences in Kamuli. Please contact Peter Ballard (Misbourne Matins) or Karen Eveleigh (Oxford Spires) if you would like to invite a team member to speak to your club.

Financial support

We hope that clubs across the district will support the programme. If each club gave a donation then we could ensure the ongoing success of the programme and we could continue to make a difference to health care and nursing training in this rural area of Uganda. If your club is interested in giving a donation to this programme, please contact Karen Eveleigh.

 

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