The following was 'appropriated' from Ian Flower's Facebook post.



SaltPeter Trust Visit
to Uganda - November 2017.


On Thursday 2nd November EFOD South West Wales formally opened
a new Maternity Unit at Kachumbala Health Centre 3
to improve the Maternity provision for the people of Kachumbala.

This comprises 2 delivery suites and 9 beds in 2 wards,
together with the supporting infrastructure.

Following an opening celebration the Unit has already seen
an increase in the number of babies delivered each day,
with 5 births on Tuesday 7 / 11 / 2017.




EFOD worked in partnership with HKS Architects
and Cyfle Building Skills to design, construct and equip
this £ 110,000 development, supported by grants from
Welsh Government, Citizen HKS and the UK Construction Industry.

A big thanks to the 22 volunteers who made 32 visits to work
on the scheme, the EFOD SWW management team,
the SWW midwives,
Born on the Edge locally base medical advisors,
and the SaltPeter Trust Kachumbala committee,
for turning a challenge to the First Minister for Wales
in January 2014 into a new facility for the mothers of Kachumbala.



Images by landers_photos and hksarchitects

This article was 'adapted' from the leader from Uganda's Saturday Vision newspaper for 4th Nov. 2017.

Sh517m modern maternity ward excites Bukedea.
By Godfrey Ojore - added 3rd November 2017 12:16 PM


There was celebration on Thursday among the residents of Kachumbala in Bukedea district when a non-profit organization,
Engineers for Overseas Development, handed over a maternity ward worth sh517m to the district authorities.
The maternity ward is at Kachumbala Health Centre III.
The health centre, built in 1950, only had a maternity ward that accommodates three women.
The new one can accomodate up to ten expectant mothers at a go.
The new facility also has has two spacious delivery suites, equipped with modern machines.

Ian Flower, the managing director for Engineers for Overseas Development, said they chose Kachumbala
following an appeal by then the district chairman Wilberforce Tukei in 2014.

Kachumbala Health Centre III serves over 60,000 people.
The in-charge Charles Osekeny, said they deliver 15 women per day and they have been grappling with the challenge of lack of space.
"There is need to upgrade this facility to health centre IV and build for it a theatre,
so we stop referring women to Mbale Hospital," Osekeny said.

The area LC5 chairman, Moses Olemukan, hailed Flower and for helping in co-ordinating partners that supported the project.
"You are our friends indeed. You came at the time we needed you," Olemukan said.

Kachumbala women expressed gratitude to the partners for building a modern facility
that will encourage more women to deliver in the hospital.
"Because of the poor state of the previous maternity ward, many women would opt to deliver their babies at Mbale Hospital,
which is over 30km from here," Grace Amuron, an expectant mother, said.

The facility also has prenatal and postnatal wards, where women are kept for two days before they are discharged.


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