Hannah and her new born baby

  in General - November 4, 2014

St. Charles Lwanga Buikwe Hospital has continued to assist patients with complicated issues and challenges. Among those who benefited from the charity fund for poor and the needy were Hannah and her new born baby.

Hannah a married women, 32 years old, was admitted with a history of severe bleeding in pregnancy on and off for five days. Gestation period was 28 weeks only. She suffered with a severe obstetric complication (placenta previa). Mother was resuscitated with blood and fluids had a caesarian section delivery to a female premature infant with 0.8 kgs at birth.

Sr. Laura Surmanova explains the challenges: “Under weighed and premature infants need special care medically and physically while infants are in incubators. Power has to be on 24 hrs. a day to supply heat and other resuscitation support equipment on occasions when power out rages occur. The hospital spends a lot of fuel for backup generators to ensure constant power supply and patients safety.”

Hannah recovered well but had to stay in the hospital for some time with her infant. The premature infant was put in the incubator under special care by midwives.

Sponsor a Hospital Bed Program       

The Caritas of the Archdiocese of Prague operates one of the best hospitals in East Africa in the Buikwe region of Uganda. The St. Charles Lwanga Buikwe Hospital has examined, treated and operated on more than 200,000 patients from this impoverished region of Africa since opening in 2007. The most common complaints are malaria, tuberculosis, and a number of other illnesses, including HIV/AIDS. The lives of patients, especially children, are also often put at risk from common illnesses that are easy to treat with medicines and medical care.

The hospital is almost fully reliant on support from donors in the Czech Republic, who have been keeping it in operation for over six years. The hospital director is Sr. Laura Surmanova, but the rest of the staff (nearly 100 people) are local. Besides improving the level of health care, the hospital also serves as an instruction center for health care professionals and physicians in the area.

One year ago, the Caritas of the Archdiocese of Prague opened a donation program: Sponsor a Hospital Bed. Donors can give directed support to the St. Charles Lwanga Buikwe Hospital in Uganda, which the Prague Caritas organization established in 2007 and has examined over 200,000 patients since that time. Even just CZK 300 funds one bed in the pediatric ward for a week.

“Czechs are helping save lives in Uganda. We want to encourage them to help even more, so we are offering the opportunity to ‘sponsor’ a hospital bed. The hospital can use any amount people can give, but we decided to calculate the exact costs per week, month and year for individual beds in the hospital’s various wards. Contributors will receive a certificate for their donation. We are also planning on bringing more stories out of the hospital, so that Czech people can see how their donations are at work in Uganda and how local people live and benefit in specific cases,” comments Jaroslav Němec, Director of the Caritas of the Archdiocese of Prague.

How does sponsoring work?

There is no limit on donations, but for the sake of orientation we calculated the specific amounts corresponding to the cost of operating particular types of beds in the hospital for a particular amount of time. The funds we collect in this manner will be used to cover medicines for patients and staff salaries. These items compose about 60% of the hospital’s total costs and are dependent on support from the Czech Republic.

You can make a donation to the donation ACCOUNT749011/0100, with variable symbols 208 05 – 208 09 depending on the type of bed you choose.

In-patient ward
Total number of beds
Variable symbol
Pediatric 24 300 1 300 15 600 208 05
L&D 25 500 2 200 26 000 208 06
General 21 850 3 700 44 200 208 07
Surgical 5 1100 4 800 57 200 208 08


Source: Press / Caritas of the Archdiocese of Prague

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