Most medical provision in Uganda isn’t free, so the children attending our school aren’t likely to receive any, unless we provide it. So, we have developed a highly-effective provision – part of our Family Support team – 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 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 a pair of shoes each year and as a result are protected from this problem.
Support the programme
• We start our sponsorship at just £7 per month, but you can donate more if you wish.
• Or you could make a single donation to help us to provide shoes for the children.