Much of the healthcare in Uganda isn’t free, so the children attending our school aren’t likely to receive any, unless we provide it. But that doesn’t phase us, and we have developed a highly-effective provision that is reaping huge rewards in the health of our pupils… and their families.
Free medical attention is available as required; there is a nurse on duty during school hours to attend to immediate problems. More serious situations are dealt with at a local Christian clinic, and any costs are met by Child of Hope.
Every child is regularly given a huge bar of soap (about 18 inches long!) and jar of Vaseline to take home to their family to help with skin ailments and hygiene.
We teach the children and their parents how to combat the spread of disease amongst the children, provide practical teaching for parents on health issues, and on other issues such as domestic child abuse, road safety and domestic unintentional poisonings. We even build community toilets
And here’s why we provide free shoes to all our children… a major problem in Namatala is ‘jiggers’ – parasites that burrow into the feet, causing significant irritation and pain. Untreated, they can lead to amputation, and even death. They can easily be prevented by wearing shoes, since it is the unsanitary conditions that enable them to breed on the ground. All our children are given one pair of shoes every year and as a result are protected from this problem.
Medicine and general healthcare costs around 70p per child per month. We start our sponsorship at just £7 per month (for seven children), but you can pay for more if you wish!
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