People Reached in 2010

We recently reviewed progress for International Medical Foundation over 2010 and are pleased to note the following data:

  • 5,592 people were counselled and tested for HIV
  • 1,644 were enrolled on our treatment programmes for those living with HIV
  • 19 patients received treatment each month for Cancer
  • 9 received open heart surgery
  • 244 were admitted onto Hope Ward for surgery and complex clinical care
  • 89 received physiotherapy
  • 225 were tested for TB
  • 63 received treatment for TB
  • 5,688 local people received out-patient care in Pader
  • 3,045 had out-patient care in Lira
  • 28,818 attended preventative care presentations.

All of the above received care and treatment free of charge thanks to the generous on-going support of our sponsors.

Advent: Day 7 IMF Dunavant Mobile Clinic

Lucy, Amy, Tom (volunteers from the UK) and members of our clinical team from Lira spent a few weeks on this pilot in Pader District to help determine how we might be able to operate Mobile Clinics in parts of the country that lack basic health facilities.

The pilot was a success but we’ve failed, so far, to interest other sponsors to help fund such an operation.

Paska’s story: Pader Clinic Landmine Victim

This update comes from Stella, our administration manager in Pader:

Ayo Paska, 28 years old from Paipii village in Lunaa Parish Pader TC, came following a radio announcement in early June 2010 which, her brother in-law shared.

She had a foreign body (FB) in situ and required urgent medical attention as she was pregnant with continued pain from the FB in her.

She was referred for x-ray to determine the position of the bullet at Kalongo Hospital, as Pader HC III still lacks this essential service. She was x-rayed and the bullet removed surgically. Thanks to the good co-ordination and health care provision at both these facilities.

Moses’ story: Pader Clinic Landmine Victim

This update comes from Stella, our administration manager in Pader:

Ouma Moses came to Pader HC III on 3rd May 2010 with a septic gun shot wound. He is a former LRA abductee and had stayed almost a year captive. He escaped but was attacked and suffered with bomb splinters on parts of his body. He had been receiving treatment, however the wound never healed.

Thanks to the on going Landmine programme, he was reviewed and referred by the SMO Pader HC III for better management at Matany Hospital, where he received full treatment and shrapnel in his rib removed.

Lucy’s story: Pader Clinic Landmine Victim

This update comes from Stella, our administration manager in Pader:

Lucy Toobalo a 47 year old mother of five and a primary school teacher from Lamiyo village in Pader district. She was referred to Pader HC III by a CDO following the start of the project on 13th April 2010. Lucy was travelling from Pader to Gulu when the vehicle she was travelling in hit a landmine at the area of Acoli-buu in 2007.

She came with complaints of discomfort and wounds on her amputated leg causing extended pain.

She said as a teacher, she at times has to stand to explain things better on the board to her pupils most likely causing the wounds. Also, the texture of her prosthesis made her sweat inside at times making it difficult to walk. Clearly Lucy unconditionally loved her profession and her biggest joy was the children/pupils at her school.

On review by Dr. Hillary she was diagnosed with post traumatic pain and recommended to get a new prosthesis, Pader HC III does not have the necessary facility hence she was referred to Buluba Hospital in Jinja.

Lucy is unique in that despite her disability she is always jolly and talks of her career development jokingly she comments that:

disability is not in ability”.

On her return from Buluba just barely two weeks after Dr. Hillary referred her, she called Stella, the clinic administrator just to inform us with laughter’s saying;

“I am back and on my best foot.”

In my heart there was nothing greater that can bring joy to receive such a feed back. The landmine programme has reached many yet a big number remain out there unidentified and still need treatment.

Patient stories: Pader Clinic Landmine Victims

This update comes from Stella, our administration manager in Pader:

Rose Lagulu & Oryema Titus are both landmine survivors with amputation of legs and already had prosthesis but complained of developing wounds and pain at the ankle where the surgery had been done. After consultation and evaluation at Pader HC III, both were referred to Buluba for further treatment. Dr. Ziwa our contact at Buluba reported of them getting their new prosthesis with no complaints so far.

We are continually being called to inquire if this programme is still ongoing making it clear that the service is very much needed, appreciated and still many have not been reached.

The turnout at the outreach held on 17th & 18th June 2010 in Anyeke and Loro in Oyam district was overwhelming with many being referred to Charis-IMC Lira for further treatment and other more serious cases referred to IHK.

Surgery To Open Up His Contracted Fist

Santino is a four year old boy from Pader. His parents are small scale farmers. Santino is the second of six children in his family. One day while they were in the farm digging, they heard a scream coming from their hut. They ran home and found Santino’s hand stuck in the small three stone fire place in their kitchen. They were told that the boys had a small fight over a mango and one of them pushed him into the fire.

Santino’s parents poured water on his hand to cool it down and rushed him to the Health Centre. At the health centre they were told to find some money and take him to a referral hospital for further management. Unfortunately they did not have any money to go to hospital so they resorted to herbal medicine for his treatment.

The young boys hand healed with severe contractures leaving it permanently clenched in a fist.

One day Santino’s father met one of the IMC staff who referred him to Hope Ward. Santino’s father had never been to Kampala and could not speak or understand common languages spoken in the ‘big city’. The IMC staff in Pader put him on a bus with written directions in hope that they would find a boda rider who could transport them from the bus stage to the hospital. Staff at Hope Ward and IMC Pader breathed a big sigh of relief when he finally arrived. They took a big risk just to find some help for the young boy.


Santino was admitted on Hope Ward to begin a series of surgeries that will release his fingers so he can use his hand again. His father said that he is now hopeful that his son will be fine again, especially because he has seen children with very complex conditions being assisted on the ward.

Ageno Susan

We recently received the following patient case story from our team at the Pader Clinic.

Patient benefits: to narrate a brief story of a 8 year from Olwir-Nguu village, Acoro parish roughly 5km from Pader HC was brought in by her mother, so weak and pale and could barely sit-up.

She was diagnosed with severe anaemia and needed immediately to be transfused. As the Health Unit (HU) does not have a blood bank she had to be referred to Kalongo Hospital 40km away.

Her mother pleaded with Dr. Hillary saying the child had always been ill and she had no money for the transport considering she is the sole bread earner, her husband is a blindman. Where can she get the money to take this child to receive such care?  IMF (funded by Suubi Trust) was able to provide the money for ambulance fuel to take her to hospital for necessary treatment.

Susan through IMF is clearly a beneficiary, thank you for saving life!

Stella Acayo, Administrator Pader

Providing Care to the Disadvantaged

Many will have heard of the oddly named Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the 20 year civil war they fought in Northern Uganda. Notorious for abducting 25,000 children to fight as soldiers, countless atrocities were committed leaving deep scars on the communities. During this time there was a total breakdown in health care, education, farming, trade, water and sanitation.

Suubi Trust is working with International Medical Foundation, a Ugandan NGO, to fund their work at a health clinic in Pader, one of the areas ravished by the LRA. This clinic is being managed in partnership with the Ministry of Health.

The clinic is managed by senior staff from IMF including a doctor, a nurse and a lab technician. These IMF staff help to support the District staff, enhancing their capabilities, expanding their clinical knowledge and skills, and building on quality systems so that they in turn can run the facility more efficiently in the future.

Whilst providing and helping to improve the general healthcare services for the local population, the IMF staff at this clinic also provide primary healthcare free of charge to those that cannot afford to pay. Costs for these treatments are met from the funds raised in the UK by Suubi Trust and its supporters.

2,396 charity patients have been treated since October 2008.

Typical health issues treated include Respiratory Tract Infection, Malaria, Urinary Tract Infection, Fungal Infection and Gastroenteritis.

You can read more about this on our website by clicking here

Pader Update 090831

or click on this image to download the August Update report

Little Mama’s!

Kalongo Pader 09 023, originally uploaded by Suubi Trust.

This photo was taken by Irene C at one of the IDP camps on the outskirts of Pader town; lots of lots of children there, average family of 9! Most people there are still living in the camp but they travel out to their lands to farm and return back in the evenings, so it’s more of a transitional camp really. Each day families are moving their structures back nearer their lands. Progress…