Reviewing our Strategy

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Thank you to all who have helped raise more than £210,000 over the last five years to  support the work of International Medical Foundation in Uganda.

Our founder and chairman, Kevin Duffy, recently returned to the UK and so we are taking this opportunity to review those programmes that Suubi Trust has been supporting, before deciding our strategy for the coming year.

Africa Radi-Aid for Norway

People don’t ignore starving people, so why should we ignore cold people?
Frostbite kills too.

Imagine if every person in Africa saw the “Africa for Norway” video and this was the only information they ever got about Norway. What would they think about Norway?

If we say Africa, what do you think about? Hunger, poverty, crime or AIDS? No wonder, because in fundraising campaigns and media that’s mainly what you hear about.

The pictures we usually see in fundraisers are of poor African children. Hunger and poverty is ugly, and it calls for action. But while these images can engage people in the short term, we are concerned that many people simply give up because it seems like nothing is getting better. Africa should not just be something that people either give to, or give up on.

The truth is that there are many positive developments in African countries, and we want these to become known. We need to change the simplistic explanations of problems in Africa. We need to educate ourselves on the complex issues and get more focus on how western countries have a negative impact on Africa’s development. If we want to address the problems the world is facing we need to do it based on knowledge and respect.

The video is made by The Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund (www.saih.no). With the cooperation of Operation Day’s Work (www.od.no). With funding from The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and The Norwegian Children and Youth Council (LNU). Music by Wathiq Hoosain. Lyrics by Bretton Woods (www.developingcountry.org). Video by Ikind Productions (www.ikindmedia.com)

Radi-Aid: Norway for Africa.

Recent Tweets

I know that many of you, okay most of you, are not Twitter users. So I thought it might be interesting to post some of my recent tweets here.

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It’s less than 1% of budget but need to ensure cost effectiveness > RT@EGPAF Bono to urge USA not to cut aid programs: http://reut.rs/RT98BQ

Yes improve access but also influence behaviour > RT@gatesfoundation 200m worldwide don’t have access to contraception: http://no-controversy.com

RT @malonebarry: On reports #Uganda dropped $2.3m on two cars for Museveni, Ugandans have just started hashtag #ThingsMusevenisBenzCanDo

Do babies in UK die as result of diarrhoea? They do in Africa. > @DHgovuk: Rotavirus vaccine planned to protect babies http://ow.ly/fa3OZ

Worthy of support > @targettb in 2011: 1 cause, 5 countries, 11 partners, 15 projects, 360 donors, 85,924 lives touched http://ow.ly/f7nUp

Good update on SMC programme in Uganda > RT@GdnDevelopment Mixed progress in male circumcision campaign to combat Aids http://gu.com/p/3bjhf/tw

I read this in The Independent, sad and annoying, fat cats eating. Museveni adopts new tactics in corruption fight: http://bit.ly/RwgVa8

Having more money for health may not solve all probs > RT @DailyMonitor Editorial: When will we deal with healthcare? http://www.monitor.co.ug/OpEd/Editorial/When+will+we+deal+with+healthcare+/-/689360/1609776/-/144lvtw/-/index.html …

Safe Male Circumcision not an ‘invisible condom’. It is part of comprehensive prevention package that includes condoms and behaviour change.

The number infected with HIV increases by one every 56 seconds, that’s 563,142 pa. We need better Prevention: http://bit.ly/QWFev0

Whilst many are busy tweeting about Andrew Marr’s History of the World, I’ve been watching History of Modern Britain, people are fascinating

I’ve just updated my professional profile on LinkedIn. Connect with me and view my profile. http://lnkd.in/565yy7

Alison and Michelle Raise more than £3,300

Alison and Michelle

Alison and Michelle raised more than £3,300 from their family and friends who sponsored their recent marathon in Edinburgh.

These funds will be used to continue supporting the STI clinic in Makindye division, Kampala. This clinic provides counselling, testing and treatment, free of charge, to those that could not otherwise afford to access such care.

The clinic is an integral part of our Touch Namuwongo Programme which also provides counselling, testing and treatment for HIV/AIDS and TB. We are currently planning to extend these services to include safe male circumcision.

In recent years about 20,000 adults living in Makindye division have accessed services from the Touch programme.

Our thanks also to Helen for her continued support for the STI clinic.

Alison and Michelle – Edinburgh Marathon

Alison and Michelle - Just Giving page

Alison writes:

Alison and Michelle have chosen to pound the streets of Edinburgh to raise money for the Suubi Trust, a charity that they know is making a huge difference to many of the most vulnerable people in Uganda through its numerous healthcare projects.

Having just recently spent 18 months volunteering in Uganda as a doctor, Alison was privileged enough to be involved in many of these health projects and so has first hand experience of the amazing work that they are doing despite very limited resources. Visit their website http://blog.suubitrust.org.uk/ for more details.

We know that every penny you donate will make a huge impact to many lives in Uganda so with your support we will make sure we stay the course, even if it is on our knees!!

Please click on the photo above and help support Alison and Michelle…

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.

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

Jackie and Gary Raise Funds for Charis Theatre

I’ve been a bit slow in posting this one, sorry.

Jackie and Gary

Jackie and Gary are nurses working with Dr. Richard in the UK. They recently got married and instead of presents, asked their friends to give donations to Suubi Trust for the theatre build at Charis in Lira. They raised over 4 million shillings (about £1,000).

We send them our thanks and very best wishes.