Soroti Clinic - May 2011
Soroti Clinic in planned to open at the end of may 2011, with 12 staff members. We have received donated hospital equipment from two hospitals: Nyenga St. Francis Hospital, in Jinja and Kunmi Hospital, in Soroti. The equipment is valued at 20,000 USD and includes beds, diagnostic equipment, desks, chairs etc.
The decision to open another clinic is because of absence of services in this area that was affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army movement insurgencies over the years. The local people have received this great news with enthusiasm. We hope this clinic will go a long way to address the impact of AIDS in the region. I will be updating you on the progress as we go along.
Director Receives Parlimentary Award - May 2010
On 31 May 2010 Mr. Faustine Ngrambe, director of St. Francis Health Care Services in Uganda was awarded the annual Parliamentary HIV/AIDS Leadership award for 2009. This award is given to individual Ugandans who have contributed to HIV prevention and care for people living with HIV/AIDS, in their communities in Uganda. This years award was presented by His Excellency the President of the Republic Of Uganda Mr. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at the parliamentary building in Kampala. Present were ministers, members of Parliament, PEPFAR Country representative and UNAIDS country representative in Uganda. Faustine comments, "I am very excited for this recognizing my contribution in the HIV/AIDS arena for the last 21 years, since 1989. To you all our partners, staff of St. Francis Health Care Services, mentors and friends, 'I have because you are and have been there.' "
To see photos from the event Click Here.
Maternal Clinic Nearing Completion - May 2010
Construction of the new maternal clinic is in its final stages... they're working on the roof! With a maternity ward added to the services already offered at St. Francis we intend to reduce and even prevent mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV as well as to improve maternal and child health in our greater community. As with all of the services offered St. Francis, we strive to both mitigate the impact of HIV specifically as well as contribute to the health of our entire community. All contributions for this project come from the people of Njeru, St. Francis staff and friends.
To see photos of the progress Click Here.
St. Francis promoted at Global Activism Expo - April 2010
Last week, St. Francis Health Care Services was represented at the annual Global Activism Expo in Chicago, IL. The Expo is hosted each year by WorldView, the Chicago Public Radio program which FSF and St. Francis Health Care Services were featured on in February. The expo presented a way to spread the word about St. Francis Health Care Services, to provide networking opportunities for FSF, and to make contact with potential future volunteers
Click here for a link to the Global Activism Expo Blog and Worldview website.
St. Francis on NPR - February 2010
On February 24, 2009, The Friends of St. Francis and St. Francis Health Care Sercies were featured in the Global Activism segment on Chicago Public Radio's Worldview. Former St. Francis volunteer, Colleen Walsh Lang, spoke about the many services offered by St. Francis in Uganda and her experience working with St. Francis in 2006. In addition to sharing memories of staff and life in Uganda to the American audience, she also discussed The Friends of St. Francis and goals for the newly forming fundraising and volunteer organization.
To listen to the segment click here.
St. Francis in New Vision - Septemper and December 2009
To Commeorate World AIDS Day on December 1st, New Vision, one of Uganda's Major Newspapers, in conjunction with the parlimentary committee on HIV/AIDS awarded an individual who has played a remarkable role in the fight againgt HIV in their communities. Profiles of nominees were published from Septermber-November. Although he did not ultimately receive the aware, Faustine Ngrambe was nominated as a potential winner this year, and a story about his work at St. Francis was published in September.
Here are links to the articles: September and December
Important Visitors - August 2009
Steven Lewis of the Steven Lewis Foundation visited the St. Francis clinic last August and was warmly welcomed with celebration and thanks. Steven Lewis is an active donor and supporter of community-based organizations to help "turn the tide" of HIV/AIDS in Africa and his generosity has enabled many of the programs offered at St. Francis. Colorfully and traditionally dressed Jajas (Grandmothers), playful children from the Omwana house and Shadow Idol Program, and St. Francis staff held "Thank you" posters, cheered, and danced as Mr. Lewis arrived. The celebration continued with speeches, song and dance performances, and presentations of hand-crafted gifts for Mr. Lewis and his colleges. Mr. Lewis then visited some of the near-by communities and was welcomed as a special guest at a Jaja Savings and Loans Meeting, one of the programs made possible through grants from the Steven Lewis Foundation.
For photos of this event click here.