The St Raphael University Teaching Hospital Project of Western Uganda
The Hospital Project in Pictures. . ALI is the project initiator. The project consists of building, equipping, and staffing the St. Raphael University Teaching Hospital in Kibaale, located in Mid-Western Uganda. We received a gift of 100 acres of land from the Bujuni Parish under Msgr. Kabyanga. We also confirmed affiliation with Uganda Martyrs University School of Medicine. They will be responsible to train doctors to become specialists in Surgery, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics/Gynecology at the new facility. We will also offer internship programs for new doctors. In this way, we will attract doctors to the area and insure appropriate staffing. They will be delighted to work in a modern hospital! The Feasibility Study will be ready to submit to government officials by Sept 2018. So far, we have done Survey of the land, Topography of the land, Mortality/Morbidity Study to assess the disease burden in the area, Water Investigations (we identified a large body of sub-terranean water on our land!!), and Environmental Impact Study. Our architect has just completed the preliminary designs for a 300 bed facility, 150 beds in Phase 1. We have brought a health insurance concept to the area. It is a Health Cooperative established in Uganda by Health Partners since year 2000. We now have insured people receiving care in Kibaale in the St Luke Health Center 3!!
What is medicine lacking in Uganda?
- Modern medical care can be found in Kampala the capital, but rarely in the rest of Uganda
- Most doctors establish their practice in Kampala
- Patients are not being diagnosed of their illness until it is too late. When they come to Kampala for care, they are already at Stage IV in their disease process: too late for a cure
- There are very limited diagnostic tools such as x-rays, ultrasounds, MRI, and very few lab tests are available
Why is the medical project needed?
- Life expectancy in Uganda is 59 year, national average, but even lower at 54 in Western Uganda; it is 80 year in the US (Who/Uganda 2013)
- Mothers dying surrounding birth in Uganda: one death in 39; in the UK, one death out of 4600
- In Kibaale District: 435 maternal death per 100,000 births; in the UK, 12 per 100,000
- Source: Kibaale District-Uganda Bureau of Statistics 2009
- Child Mortality in Kibaale: under 5 mortality rate: 145 per 1,000 live birth or 30 times higher than in the UK, where it is 5 per 1,000 births
- Source: Kibaale District-Uganda Bureau of Statistics 2009
- Adult Mortality: probability of dying between age 16 to 60 is 4-5 times greater in Uganda than in the UK WHO/Uganda 2013)
- Only 4 out of 100 people reaches 55 year and above (CIA World Factbook 2014)
What does it mean to live in a country where life expectancy is low?
- Death comes early for the rich, poor, educated, or not. Within 3 weeks of each other, two Ugandan ministers passed away of what was most likely a heart attack. It probably could have been prevented.
- Hon. General Aronda Nyakairima, Internal Affairs Minister, age 56; 9/12/15
- Hon. Dr. James Mutende, Minister for Industry and Trade, age 53; 10/3/15
- What is the effect of a mother's death on her remaining children? They are 10 times more likely to die early than children being raised by their own mothers (Maternity Worldwide)
What does the Bible have to say about an untimely death?
How does one feel when his/her life is threatened? The Bible tells us in Isaiah Chapter 38. King Hezekiah was sick and dying. The prophet Isaiah visited him and said: "Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live." The King prayed and God heard him and said: "I have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears; and I will add to your days fifteen years." When the King recovered from his illness, he recounted his experience: "In the prime of my life I shall go to the gates of Sheol; I am deprived of the remainder of my years...My life span is gone, taken from me like a shepherd's tent. He cuts me off from the loom...Like a crane or a swallow, so I shattered. I mourned like a dove...So You will restore me and make me live...The living, the living man, he shall praise You...The Lord was ready to save me...Now Isaiah had said: "Let them take a lump of figs, and apply it as a poultice on the boil, and he shall recover."
It is interesting that God used a medical treatment to heal Hezekiah. Often, most illnesses can be cured or abated with good diagnosis, diet and lifestyle changes, medications, sometimes surgery, and good medical follow-up. This is how our lives are lenghtened. But can you imagine a system where you are not likely to be diagnosed of your illness until it is well advanced and there is little chance for recovery?
But this could change. Developed countries can help. They can share their medical expertise and bring the care delivery to higher standards. It should be rare to die in the prime of your life, not common. The Bible says in Psalm 90 that the days of our lives are seventy years, sometimes eighty by reason of strength.
Our Vision Includes our Partners. Will You Join Us?
In collaboration with our second partner, the Bujuni Parish/Diocese of Hoima, ALI responsibilities include raising the building funds, securing building plans and construction, equipping the hospital to provide modern medical care, and carrying the vision to completion. Our partner, Uganda Martyr University School of Medicine will provide the educational component. A University Medical Center Board will be appointed shortly. Several members have already been determined.
We hope you see the need for such an endeavor. Will you partner with us and help us to make this project, a dream for many Ugandans, a reality? Become a Founding Partner and/or contribute any particular skills to advance the project. Become a Founding Partner!
We also call on God to help us. We have seen that he is already at work and we can say: "Let your work appear to Your servants, and Your glory to their chhildren. And let the beauty of the Lord be upon us; and establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands." Psalm 90: 16-17