EFOD London established in 2013 by former members of EFOD North West, with support from the ICE Graduates and Students committee.
Since its formation, EFOD London has undertaken projects at Kumi Hospital in eastern Uganda. Kumi Hospital was founded in 1929
as a Leprosy Centre and cared for those in the Eastern and Northern regions of Uganda and Southern Sudan.
During the civil war the hospital suffered a total collapse of services, but was re-established in 1997 as a general hospital
and operates to a capacity of 350 beds, treating 50,000 patients annually.
PUMP HOUSE - Kumi Hospital pumps its own water from the nearby Lake Bisina; during the rainy season the existing pump house floods,
inundating the pumps and cutting off the hospital's water supply. In 2014 EFOD London travelled to Kumi and built plinth to raise a pump
above the water line and guarantee the water supply.
The water levels have continued to rise and this project is of critical importance to the hospital, who use the lake as their principal supply of water.
The pump house project is ongoing and we plan on raising a second pump later in 2019, with the view to developing a more sustainable, long-term solution.
INCINERATOR - Prior to 2012 Kumi Hospital was disposing of hazardous and infectious material ( such as needles and used dressings )
by periodically burning it in pits, which were then covered in a thin layer of topsoil, posing serious risks to those on site.
In August 2012 EFOD NW completed the construction of a medical waste incinerator at Kumi Hospital.
The design of the incinerator was based on the DeMontford Mk 9, a masonry incinerator developed by Dr J Picken of DeMontford University.
This design is well proven however due to the nature of its use ( high temperature changes ) the design life is approximately five years.
In July 2018 James and Bradley travelled to Kumi to refurbish the existing incinerator and return it to its former glory,
refabricating the steel top plate, repairing cracked brickwork and replacing roof sheets and bracing.
Thanks to the original EFOD NW team for their input and EFOD London team members Dani and Vanessa for their help and support!
WALKWAYS - When EFOD London visits Kumi, we discuss future projects with the management, staff and patients.
It became clear that new/refurbished walkways were a requirement for the hospital.
Existing walkways are in poor condition and not suitable for wheeling patients on trolleys/wheelchairs or for moving equipment;
existing walkways are currently uncovered, offering no protection during heavy rains.
For the past eight months EFOD London have been designing new covered walkways and developing details to remediate existing walkways
in poor condition. This has included using computational analyses to develop designs that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing,
enhance the environment as we as provide a safe means of getting from place to place.
In December 2018 Tom and Calum travelled to Kumi to undertake a number of surveys for the project teams, and also undertake walkway construction.
They successfully oversaw the construction of a new section of walkway to an existing latrines block, and also completed a test walkway
using masonry units for the wearing surface. Looking forward the team plans on further covered walkway construction in 2019 and 2020.
LATRINES - Since 2014 EFOD London have been working on a project to deliver Eco-San latrines at Kumi Hospital.
These latrines offer a sustainable way of disposing of human waste when compared to traditional pit latrines used in the region.
Construction began in March 2019 when Irene and Felix travelled to site and installed the foundations, with project completion planned for late 2019.
Irene received a commendation for her report on the project at the Word Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) in 2018!
MAPPING - Understanding the environment we are working in and the existing arrangement of the hospital is fundamental to the success of our projects,
ensuring we deliver solutions that fit the needs of the users. As part of the December 2018 trip, Calum and Tom undertook numerous surveys,
with the data in turn used with GIS (Geographaical Information Systems) technology to generate maps of Kumi Hospital and the surrounding area
such as Laker Bisina and the pump house.
FUNDRAISING - EFOD London is principally funded via industry sponsors, and our own fundraising events.
In 2018 we cycled from London to Paris over three days in May, raising over £ 2000 . We managed to dodge the rain throughout the weekend
and the journey was remarkably puncture free for all of us, except for Felix, who had six punctures.
Many thanks to those who donated, all proceeds from our fundraising events go directly towards funding our projects at Kumi Hospital.
In 2019 EFOD London will attempt the Three Peaks Challenge.
July we will be attempting to climb to the three highest points of the UK in just 24 hours!
If you would like participate please email Bradley ( Bradley.Perks@aksward.com
) for more information.
You may donate directly to our efforts here :