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Kisiizi Hospital Emergency Fund

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Raised by 40 people in 13 months
Dear friends,

 Kisiizi Hospital, one of the best managed community general hospitals in rural East Africa, has been devastated by floods. I am reaching out to you as a man born and raised less than 20 kilometers from that hospital, in Kigezi region of Uganda, and on behalf of the Board of the International Community of Banyakigezi (ICOB). 

 I have lived in Canada for 36 years and I practice medicine as a children's doctor in Newmarket, Ontario. Other members of the Board of Directors of ICOB live and work in Canada, the United Kingdom, the USA and Uganda. However, our hearts remain firmly grounded in our place of birth and upbringing. We share our people's joy, their pain and challenges.

On September 10, 2017, a tragedy befell my lovely village and the surrounding region.  Floods washed away hills, houses and small bridges.

Kisiizi Hospital was flooded for days, with devastating effects. Three patients - two newborn babies and an 8-year-old child - died because of disrupted oxygen supply and warmth. 

The hospital's critical infrastructure, including its power generation/distribution system and the water supply system, was severely damaged. A lot of patient care equipment and other materials were irreparably damaged.

With the help of the Uganda Government and other well wishers, a lot of work has been done to respond to the crisis. Key functions of the hospital have been restored i.e. power, water and usable wards.
 
Kisiizi is now moving from the acute disaster management phase to the recovery/development phase. The critical work includes mitigating against future events to avoid a recurrence.
 
The cost of restoring the hospital to its pre-flood functioning and service delivery will exceed $500,000 (five hundred thousand dollars.) We need your help as Kisiizi Hospital tries to leap back to regular operations. We cannot do it without you.

With $20, you can fund a pair of bedsheets for inpatients. 

With $40, you can fund a hospital grade mattress.

With $100, you can fund a small emergency oxygen cylinder.

With $1,000, you can fund the construction of robust support for High Voltage power cable that is a critical piece in the hospital's power supply.

With $4,000, you can fund a petrol generator to power the Maternal-Child and Adult Medical Wards.

With $40,000, you can fund a 60KW solar power generator to provide electricity to all the patient care  buildings.

Every dollar you donate will go directly to Kisiizi Hospital, and you will receive full accounting by Dr. Ian Spillman, the Medical Superintendent of the hospital.

Please click this link and help our people at Kisiizi Hospital. https://www.gofundme.com/kisiizi-hospital-emergency-fund

 For information about Kisiizi Hospital, please click this link: http://www.kisiizihospital.org.ug

 Thank you for your support.

 
Dr. Muniini K. Mulera

President, International Community of Banyakigezi

ICOB Board Members:
Dr. Peter M. Bikangaga – Toronto, Ontario
Ms. Beatrice Hamujuni-Smith – London, UK 
Dr. James Mugisha – Vancouver,  BC
Ms. Peninah Ngategize – Kampala, Uganda 
Mr. Leo Nkurunziza – Washington, DC

ICOB Executive Members:
Vice President: Ms. Judie Nkusi - Phoenix, Arizona
Secretary: Ms. Carol Kemigisha - Yellowknife, NWT
Treasurer: Ms. Dorothy Angole - Washington, DC

www.abanyakigezi.net
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News from Kisiizi Hospital
February 20, 2018

Email from Dr. Ian Spillman:

" We now have a good water supply with new pipes, there are some concrete support columns being worked on and we hope that will give us
a robust network that won't be swept away should further floods occur.

We are waiting for dry season minimal river flow for some further repair work on the sides of the river channel where there has been subsidence and slippage due to the flooding effects. We also still
need a bridge to cross to the generator house as the current one has lost a pillar and the river needs to be widened at that point as it was a bottleneck.

We have full functionality of our hydro-electric generator but the water flows are low as we need more rain so we have some load shedding
for staff houses. We still need to do some work on mitigation against future floods and back up systems.

Please pass on my greetings to Peter Bikangaga and your colleagues. Life here is very busy with a lot of plates spinning as they say but the knowledge that we have the prayers and support of yourselves and
other friends of Kisiizi is a great encouragement as we continue to serve here.

I am almost ready to send out an update newsletter, one figure that may interest you is to know we have now gone over 40,000 beneficiaries
in our health insurance scheme, in 5 Districts in 207 community groups!

Best wishes."
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Thank you for donating to Kisiizi Hospital. I will withdraw the funds in my name and forward the full amount to Dr. Ian Spillman, Medical Head of Kisiizi Hospital, with a copy of the correspondence to Bishop Benon Magezi, North Kigezi Diocese. I will request them to acknowledge receipt and communicate the same to all donors.

Thank you once again.

Muniini K. Mulera
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KISIIZI HOSPITAL POST-FLOODS UPDATE:
October 3, 2017

Dear friends,

I have received very good news from Dr. Ian Spillman, the Medical Superintendent of Kisiizi Hospital which was heavily damaged by floods early last month.

Dr. Spillman wrote:

1. The key functions of the hospital are restored i.e. power, water and usable wards.

2. The next phase is mitigation against future events to avoid a recurrence.

3. Patient numbers fell as the publicity told people we were under water! But services are in place, surgery is on-going and so on.

4. We are grateful for what has been achieved already and it is now moving from the acute disaster management phase to the recovery/development phase.

Our fundraising effort through GoFundMe is going very well. We are very grateful to everyone who has already donated to this cause. We are also grateful to the Uganda Government’s prompt response and assistance to the disaster at Kisiizi.

The Senior Administration Team at Kisiizi Hospital is making arrangements for receiving direct donations of Uganda Shillings via Mobile Money Transfers. I will communicate the official telephone number as soon as I get it.

Those who have not done so, please join us in this important effort to support Kisiizi Hospital.

With $20, you can fund a pair of bedsheets for inpatients.

With $40, you can fund a hospital grade mattress.

With $100, you can fund a small emergency oxygen cylinder.

With $1,000, you can fund the construction of robust support for High Voltage power cable that is a critical piece in the hospital's power supply.

With $4,000, you can fund a petrol generator to power the Maternal-Child and Adult Medical Wards.

With $40,000, you can fund a 60KW solar power generator to provide electricity to all the patient care buildings.

Every dollar, pound sterling or shilling you donate will go directly to Kisiizi Hospital, and you will receive full accounting by Dr. Ian Spillman, the Medical Superintendent of the hospital.

Please click this link and help our people at Kisiizi Hospital. https://www.gofundme.com/kisiizi-hospital-emergency-fund


For information about Kisiizi Hospital, please click this link: http://www.kisiizihospital.org.ug

Thank you for your support.


Dr. Muniini K. Mulera

President, International Community of Banyakigezi


ICOB Board Members:

Dr. Peter M. Bikangaga – Toronto, Ontario
Ms. Beatrice Hamujuni-Smith – London, UK
Dr. James Mugisha – Vancouver, BC
Ms. Peninah Ngategize – Kampala, Uganda
Mr. Leo Nkurunziza – Washington, DC

ICOB Executive Members:

Vice President: Ms. Judie Nkusi - Phoenix, Arizona
Secretary: Ms. Carol Kemigisha - Yellowknife, NWT
Treasurer: Ms. Dorothy Angole - Washington, DC

www.abanyakigezi.net

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This is a slide show prepared by Dr. Ian Spillman, Medical Superintendent of Kisiizi Hospital on September 28, 2017.
Slide show- Kisiizi after the floods
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