Suubi Trust Annual Returns

Since it was registered on July 2nd 2007, Suubi Trust has raised just over £200,000 to help support the work of International Medical Foundation, an NGO providing healthcare services to the financially disadvantaged in Uganda.

Our key focus at this time is raising funds to build a maternity theatre at Charis Health Centre in Lira, Northern Uganda. This is an essential project that will provide a facility from which local women will be able to access safe maternal delivery services and emergency obstetrics as required. Building works are underway; you can watch progress by clicking on the image below.

Week 07 of the Theatre Build, click on image to see more in this album.

We continue to provide funding to support treatment of cancer patients on the charity “Hope Ward” at International Hospital Kampala (IHK), Uganda. These funds help to ensure that such care and treatment is accessible to those that otherwise could not afford it.

Most of the funds raised by Suubi Trust come from individual supporters.

We are grateful to Richard and Pat who have led the fund raising for the theatre build in Lira. Rose and Becci helped to get this fund started.

Alison, her family and friends, including Helen, continue to support the work in Namuwongo that Alison was involved with during her time there as a VSO volunteer.

Kate and Caroline, to name just two, are keen supporters of the Cancer Care fund and are amongst the first to use standing orders and Give As You Earn.

Jamie, Louise, Emily, Sean and Rose helped to raise funds using Justgiving pages.

Our thanks also to church members in Hazlemere and Menorca.

All money raised by Suubi Trust is used to support the work of International Medical Foundation in Uganda. Our Trustees are volunteers and do not charge for any services or expenses. The only administration costs covered by the funds raised, and the associated gift aid, are bank charges and the cost of having the online giving facility at Justgiving.

You can review our accounts and annual returns on the Charity Commission website by clicking on the image below.


Thank you all for your kind and generous support and we wish you all a great 2012.

Hope Ward

Hope Ward is a charity ward within the International Hospital Kampala. It was opened in 2006 and has had 1,142 admissions. Hope Ward exists to reach out to the underprivileged and provide lifesaving and complex, high quality medical care. We seek to alleviate the suffering and improve our patients’ quantity and quality of life.

Hope Ward has 16 beds, an isolation room and a cancer treatment centre with two beds. The Hope Ward medical team is comprised of one physician, one medical officer and sixteen nurses. This team is closely supported by various specialists, surgeons, an oncologist and a physiotherapy team.

Hope ward receives a wide variety of patients with complex medical conditions from all over the country. Most of our patients are:

  • Victims who have been traumatized from the war in Northern Uganda and who require plastic or other complex surgery, including landmine survivors.
  • Patients requiring complex cancer treatment for both children and adults.
  • Victims of burns and acid attacks.
  • Children & adults with complications arising from HIV and AIDS.
  • Surgery to repair Atrial‐Septal Defects (ASD) commonly known as a hole in the heart, a first for Uganda.
  • Children born with congenital malformations such as cleft lip & cleft palate

Mubiru Lwasa: The Boy In A Box

Lwasa is one of the very many patients who have received life-changing care and treatment in Hope Ward, thanks to the continued support from our generous sponsors, some of whom take part each year in the MTN Fun Run.

I am re-posting this, it was first published on February 20th, 2010.


Last year there were almost 250 patients cared for on Hope Ward. I am always inspired when I read the patient stories and I wanted to share this one in particular; in summary Mubiru’s story is:

  • Abused by his grandmother at age 12, locked in a metal box,
  • Rescued by his neighbours,
  • Thought to be dying, handed over to a hospice,
  • Brought by the hospice nurse to Hope Ward, unable to move, talk or look after himself,
  • After very many months of loving care and treatment now looking for a new home and a new start.

Mubiru when he was admitted to Hope Ward Mubiru ready to start a new life

You can read his story below or by clicking here.

If you would like to help Mubiru and our other patients on Hope Ward click here to find the many different ways in which you can give. Please tell others.


Mubiru Lwasa is a young 12 year old boy who has suffered a great deal. Mubiru has never really had a place to call home. His mother and father are separated and have moved on to marry other partners and have other children. He lived with his mother for several years and she took him to primary school however he fell sick and she took him back to his father. At this point she had five children with her current husband (not Mubiru’s father) and she could not continue to care for him. This would mark the beginning of a long period of suffering and abuse in Mubiru’s life.

Mubiru was taken out of school and did hard labour for his grandmother and at some point was beaten so badly that his hand and leg were fractured. He was locked up in a metallic box and starved almost to the point of death. When Mubiru’s father noticed that his son was dying, he took him back to his village in Mpigi for fear of the cost of transporting a dead body.

When Mubiru’s father arrived in Mpigi the people in his village were shocked by the site of the boy’s emaciated body. The villagers refused to let Mubiru’s father rest until he had taken him to hospital. On arrival at Mulago hospital the nurses and others who saw Mubiru’s father carry his crippled smelly body into the hospital were so outraged they wanted to lynch him. Mubiru’s father was then ‘rescued’ by the police and taken to Luzira prison.

However now that Mubiru’s father was taken away there was no one left to take care of Mubiru while he was at Mulago. Fortunately a kind Ugandan lady (Mable) had compassion on him and chose to look after him, though she did not really have much to offer him but loving care.

Medical personnel at Mulago thought Mubiru was dying and contacted a nurse who works for Hospice Uganda. This lady contacted Hope Ward and asked us to admit him for treatment as she did not think he was terminally ill.

When Mubiru first arrived at Hope Ward, he was in very bad shape. He had sores and wounds all over his body. He could barely support himself in the wheelchair and the slightest movement would make him scream. Mubiru could neither talk nor feed himself, he was incontinent, he was very pale and the hair on his head was so thin, his lips were pale dry and chapped, he looked like a patient with full blown AIDS.

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A Case of Cervical Cancer

By Jemimah Kiboss:

A few weeks ago a relatively young lady (Rose*) walked into my office looking ten years older than she actually was. She came looking for help for her mother with an ultrasound scan report indicating that her mother had a mass in her cervix and another mass nearby as well as a collection of fluids in her abdomen. She told me a horrifying story of a woman in excruciating pain and health workers who could not do much for her because specialists at a certain facility were engaged in an exercise that could not afford them time to attend to this patient.

When I discussed these reports with our specialist gynaecologist and oncologist they suspected that the lady had advanced cancer of the cervix. The Hope Ward team reviewed the case and agreed that there would be no added value in admitting this lady to Hope Ward. She was probably receiving all the care she could at this alternative hospital because she already had a visit from a palliative care nurse and a supply of morphine.

When we broke this news to Rose she could understand the logic behind the situation but pleaded with us to admit her mother. She said that her mother was tired of being at this other facility and had asked them to take her home to die. Her sisters had sent her to Hope Ward in hope that we would admit her and provide better care. Unfortunately at this time the ward was fully occupied. She begged us to admit her mother and at least even provide space for her to sleep on the floor but this was against hospital policy.

After many hours of discussion with this lady, the oncologist agreed to at least review her mother in the clinic and advise the family. So she was given an appointment for the following day. However Rose and her mother did not return to the clinic on the next day. Her mother’s condition worsened and she was admitted into hospital. She came back with the same request, if we could only admit her mother because she felt that she was not receiving adequate care at this other hospital; again our ward was full. We tried to explain this to Rose and she said she could understand but she just had to fight for her mother and could not bear the sight of her mother in so much pain and suffering.

Two days later I came to work early in the morning and found Rose seated on a bench at the Hope Ward balcony and her mother on the floor. She was in too much pain to sit down. Fortunately the Hope Ward team had discharged a patient the previous day, so Rose’s mother was given a bed. The challenge the Hope Ward team now faced was to stabilise the patient;

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Thank You for supporting Rose’s Journey

By Hannah Magoola:

Please accept our “thank you” note for your support to Rose’s Journey – we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you to all the companies that supported us with publicity and other logistical support: Sanyu FM Breakfast show, Power FM, CBS, Rwenzori Water – we thank you.

Thank you to all the walkers / runners – you were stars … your level of dedication was exceptional – well done you all! Your messages after the journey have been very encouraging and we are even more motivated to keep organising this event. We are so glad to hear that this was more than a ‘walk’ or ‘run’ to you – many of you feel that this was an expression of your own journey in life and of the things that touch your very humanity – hope, love, courage, inspiration, victory… and much more.

Rose quotes J Piper on her email signature thus: “Love is a way of saying to another: It’s good that you exist, it’s good that you are in the world” – this is the message that I feel most of you conveyed by support Rose’s Journey and joining us to walk / run the many kilometers from Bamunanika to Kiwoko.


It is rewarding to note that we had at least 82 walkers/runners. We have already collected $15,000 for Hope Ward (mostly from online donations), collected 3,018,000/= in Uganda and are following up 820,000/= in pledges. Your generosity is much appreciated … we know that you have planted the seeds that we trust will yield even more donations so as to achieve our goal of fund raising for the treatment of needy people on the IHK Charity Ward (Hope Ward) and for a nursing scholarship for deserving but poor students. Thank you for touching those around you …

Thank you for bringing hope and adding your voice to Rose’s Journey.

Hannah Magoola

Katherine, Luke, Miriam and Caleb walk with Rose

You can visit Katherine’s JustGiving page by clicking here.

Sunday 10th July Update:

We walked yesterday! So did around 60 people in Uganda. They did it under a baking sun, and we did it in a mix of clouds and monsoon-like rain…

Katherine Luke Miriam and Caleb walk with Rose

As planned, Katherine walked 11.5 miles to meet Luke, Miriam and Caleb at Dalkeith Country Park, where we were also joined by some friends. Together we walked about 2.5 miles around the park (with quite a lot of stops for playing and a few carries..!), and then Luke walked the 11.5 miles back. A familial total of 33 miles (52 km, like Rose and the team did from Bamunanika to Kiwoko)

Miriam and Caleb walking with Rose

We felt very lucky to be part of such a great project, and are extremely thankful for your very generous support.


Katherine, Luke, Miriam and Caleb will be walking (between them) a total of 52 km on saturday the 9th of July, the same day our friend Rose will be walking that distance in Uganda retracing a journey she made 22 years ago. She will be walking with many other friends and collegues, and Rose’s Journey for 2011 has three goals:

  1. Raise $10,000 to establish a scholarship fund for future Ugandan nurses.
  2. Raise $15,000 for use in the Hope Ward of IHK where charitable medical care is provided.
  3. Provide an additional platform to increase awareness about child sacrifice.

Rose is a very dear friend of ours, who lives a fascinating and inspiring life. This video tells you more about her, and the walk (there is footage from when she first retraced her steps, two years ago)

More details of the aim of her walk, and the reason that she is doing it, can also be found here:

The funds will go straight to great use where we used to work in and around Kampala. They will help support young people to train as nurses at the nursing school Katherine used to teach at, and to provide complex medical care for patients from around Uganda who would otherwise not be able to afford it. We have really seen the impact that these funds can have, and so we would greatly appreciate any contribution you are able to make.

Thank you xxx

ROSE’S JOURNEY – A Charity Walk

In 2009 Rose’s Journey raised $15,000 for Hope Ward; we are proud to announce that Rose’s Journey is back again. We will be walking again on Saturday, July 9th 2011.

Cheque Handover

In 1989, as a young girl, Rose Nanyonga was forced to leave her family’s village in Uganda.  She was alone and, as a female in Uganda without family protection, she had little hope. At the root of her forced departure was a conflict between Rose’s practicing of the Christian faith and her family’s desire for her to take part in witchcraft. Witchcraft, which can include the abhorrent practice of child sacrifice, is practiced in parts of Uganda and had driven a wedge between Rose and her family.

Upon leaving her village Rose began a 52 kilometer journey that would take her from her home village of Bamunanika to Kiwoko.  Amidst the hopelessness of this journey she found Ian and Robbie Clarke, Irish citizens working to establish better medical care in Uganda.  This encounter with the Clarke’s would forever alter the direction of Rose’s life.  Under their care, Rose would once again be part of a family.  She also began a career in nursing which would lead to her working as Director of Clinical Operations at International Hospital Kampala (IHK) in Uganda.  Today Rose balances responsibilities with IHK, a Ph.D program at Yale University, and assistance to numerous organizations including Narrow Road, where she serves as a board member.  On July 11, 2009, with the support and company of individuals from 5 different countries, Rose walked the same 52 kilometers from Bamunanika to Kiwoko.  This journey, 20 years after her initial footsteps on this path, was the beginning of a new pursuit that continues on July 9, 2011. You can read about that walk by clicking here and view my tweets on the day here.

Rose is an ambassador for many in Uganda who are unwanted, unloved, uncared for, and without hope.  She holds their stories in her heart, and seeks others to help her in this cause.  Specifically, Rose desires to provide opportunities for young girls to enter the medical profession.  She seeks to provide medical care to those who need it most but do not have the means to pay for their treatment.  And she seeks to raise the issue of child sacrifice so that additional lives are not needlessly lost. Read Rose’s Blog here.

Rose’s walk for 2011 has three goals:

  1. Raise $10,000 to establish a scholarship fund for future Ugandan nurses.
  2. Raise $15,000 for use in the Hope Ward of IHK where charitable medical care is provided.
  3. Provide an additional platform to increase awareness about child sacrifice.

If you would like to support Rose you can give securely online by clicking here, please mark your donation Rose’s Journey.

Uganda VSO Health Recruitment Film

VSO has been a great organisation for us to work with; each of the volunteers have made significant contributions to the development of our healthcare services at International Medical Group.

This video features Dr. Richard and I am so glad to hear him say that he got as much from his time here as we got from him, which believe me was massive. His influence continues through his ongoing support for our TB Lab and community hospital in Lira. We need more like him…

Nansubuga Hajara: Hope Ward

By: John-Paul

Nansubuga HajaraName: Nansubuga Hajara

Age: 1 year 7 months

Medical condition: Malnutrition, right leg sepsis that required skin grafting

Nansubuga Hajara a 1 year and 7 months old baby born to Ssebanakita Mohammed 25 years old and Namatovu Shadia a 20 year old mom reside in Kawanda Wakiso District. Father is a truck driver and the mother sells second hand women clothes for a living. At two months after birth, Hajara developed complications with her right leg that could not completely stretch, she was taken to a local herbalist who worked on her and she got better. A few weeks later, Hajara was taken for immunisation in Nsambya Hospital. She was immunised on the same leg that the Herbalist had worked on. The injection site became very septic. The family tried treating the septic wound from Home but the wound just continued getting worse. Hajara was taken to Mulago National Referral Hospital, but on assessment, the medical team at Mulago noted that the child had malnutrition and they were referred to Mwanamujimu nutritional Rehabilitation ward. In Mwanamujimu, the child was put under nutritional Rehabilitation, but the septic wound just worsened, continued with the treatment, debridement was done to get rid of rotten Flesh. All this was done on the General ward by Dr Muhamme, with continued daily wound dressing.

Unfortunately there was minimal improvement in Hajara’s condition then Dr Muhamme decided to approach IMF(Hope Ward) to assist in taking up the patient who at that time needed skin grafting to be done but family could not afford the costs in Mulago National Referral Hospital.

Hajara was admitted on Hope Ward where she got under the care of our pediatricians (Dr Jackie and Dr Renjini) and Physician (Dr Edith).She was put under intensive Nutrition Rehabilitation care with high protein/ energy feeds for about 1 and a half months with of course the routine nursing care and treatment as due. Her Nutrition deficiency was then totally eliminated and on the 20th September 2010, skin grafting was done for the once very septic wound; (Dr Sam) was the lead surgeon for this operation. Wound dressing and antibiotic treatment have been done and Hajara is really doing very well and so are the parents that do greatly appreciate all the medical attention that they have received from Hope ward.

How the parents feel about the services received:

The dad is very happy he was given this opportunity to receive medical attention here at Hope ward and appreciates all the services they have received.

When hospital is better than home

The Observer has published an update about David Muhwezi, who has been treated on Hope Ward for a rare skin condition.

Written by Shifa Mwesigye, published Wednesday, 30 March 2011 22:22 and linked here.

Muhwezi-002The photo above from The Observer, click to see original posting.

David’s condition caused him to be rejected by those around him and left him suffering from his open sores and wounds.

A journalist found him during one of the President’s election rallies and some time after he was brought to Hope Ward. There he received care, compassion and healing.

He now stays with a foster carer and others have offered financial support, which may help to send David to school.

A real heart-warming story of how we can each play a part in helping to change the misfortune of others.

Earlier stories about David:

Too sick to mix with humanity

Muhwezi: Not too sick to mix with humanity anymore.

Sick boy moved to IHK