Uganda Lodge Community Projects has announced the launch of the new, purpose-built McNeil Medical Centre at the charity's site in Ruhanga, Uganda, following generous donations from ASE Consulting. The centre includes a main building, a separate patients' toilet block with flush toilets, a guard house, a purpose built incinerator, and will provide health education, immunisation, and will screen children for illnesses as well as treating the local community.
"The building took longer than anticipated, but many improvements were made along the way and now it is being admired from far and wide," said Uganda Lodge Community Projects' founder Ann McCarthy, 71. "Like our school, it will be run as a not-for-profit medical centre and any funding that we can get from outside of Uganda will help to keep the costs as low as possible for these subsistence farmers, and especially their elderly parents and young children," she added.
"If we can find more funding, we're hoping at some time in the future the building could be extended upwards to provide a ward to enable patients to be admitted for childbirth, malaria treatment, and so on." The UK charity has already funded the building of a low-cost 10-classroom school in the village, using donations from volunteers. Future projects include a toy and book library for local children and a vocational training centre to teach the next generation how to generate extra income alongside their farming activities. For information on how you or your company can be involved, please click here.