REQUALIFICATION AND ENLARGEMENT OF PAEDIATRICS AND NEONATOLOGY UNITS
Today, about 23% of the patients attending the Kalongo Hospital are children under the age of 5 and in the past year the hospital attended 3,686 deliveries. An efficient and well-organized paediatrics ward and neonatology unit with dedicated personnel is therefore of vital importance. Our priority objectives are to improve the health conditions of the almost 9,000 children assisted annually and deliver about 3,000 newborns safely,guaranteeing the survival of those born prematurely or with pathological complications.
By enhancing and improving the services provided in the paediatric ward and in the neonatology unit, we will contribute to the survival and growth of the most fragile, thus supporting the development of an entire community and of the country.
Our commitment to seeking private and institutional funds is constant and necessary.
The neonatology of Kalongo Hospital in 2018 hosted 157 premature babies with their mothers. The neonatology unit is now part of the hospital maternity ward and is inadequate for both size and condition. Thanks to the renewal of the unit, the hospital will adequately host mothers and newborns. The rooms dedicated to the admission of premature babies and newborns with serious illnesses will be enlarged and furnished in a more functional way; new sanitary facilities will be arranged, the nursing and visit area, as well as the preparation of food and waiting rooms, will be reorganized, too.
The paediatric ward has 61 beds distributed in two buildings: a larger block – Children Ward – which accommodates most of the little patients, and a smaller one – Isolation Ward –, where children with infectious diseases that require isolation are housed. The renewal project envisages a complete reorganization of the areas in order to make the medical service more efficient and the hospitalization of young patients more comfortable and adequate to their needs, creating a welcoming and child-friendly space.
NEW STAFF QUARTER
Figures show that around 900 people are living in the hospital compound, all of them temporarily or permanently working for Kalongo Hospital.
Following the twenty years of civil war, the staff quarter for the medical personnel and their families has deteriorated and it is inadequate in terms of health and safety. The hard living conditions of the staff significantly affect the standards of service offered to patients and result in a high drop-out rate for medical personnel, who prefers to work in less remote and richer areas of Uganda.
To ensure adequate living and working standards and thus reduce the medical personnel turnover, the Foundation has launched a multi-year project to build new homes. This project also involves the construction of a new WASH system to have access to clean water and sanitation, to protect the health and well-being of hospital staff and their families.