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Announcing The Mobile Van Clinic Initiative – A Collaboration of Ggwanga Mujje Boston and the Baganda in the Diaspora.

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Posted November 14, 2013 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Charity ~ 2,163 views

     

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Dear Fellow Community Members,

Greetings from the City of Boston, home of the Boston Red Sox. Sports aside, this letter is about a more serious matter that affects each and every one of us in many ways. There is no Ugandan I know who can say that they DO NOT have a relative or friend whose life could have been saved if Uganda had a better health-care system.

What can we do to help?
I am writing to you to ask for your support to donate to the Mobile Van Clinic (MVC) initiative, a joint effort of Ugandans in the diaspora spearheaded by the Ggwanga Mujje Boston Chapter Inc., a non-profit organization registered with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in collaboration with the Kabaka Foundation. Your tax-deductible contribution will help raise the $120,000 needed to purchase a mobile clinic that will be used to bring primary health care services to rural communities throughout Buganda. For more information please visit the project website to make your tax deductible contribution. You can also send a check, payable to Ggwanga Mujje Boston MVC, 75 Third Ave Suite 12, Waltham MA, 02451.

Brief History
In 1908, Sir Winston Churchill, visited and described Mengo Hospital (now Namirembe Hospital) as “a model of what a hospital in Africa ought to be.” That was the beginning of an effective primary health care delivery system that later on in the 1960’s and 70’s was one of the best throughout Africa. Unfortunately, over the years much of that system has been destroyed. In fact, it is often said that if the health care system can be restored to 1970 levels, Uganda will have made tremendous progress in health care delivery.

The Case for a Mobile Van Clinic
This fundraising effort to purchase a Mobile Van Clinic (MVC) was initiated through a resolution that was adopted during the 7th Ttabamiruka International Conference of the Baganda held in Boston in 2012. The request for the van was made by the Kabaka’s delegates to the Conference and later reported to the Buganda Lukiiko. This van will be used to help bring high-quality basic medical services directly to rural populations and will help break down financial, and other logistical barriers that prevent these populations from accessing basic health services. For many living in rural areas,as in this case study, this van will serve as the only point of entry into the health care system. The ultimate goal of this project is to help decrease morbidity and mortality among medically under-served populations by providing access to primary health care services. The country’s health profile is challenging as can be seen in this WHO report. This recent New York Times article also highlights the plight of breast cancer patients. Our expectation is that the mobile medical clinic will be used to provide holistic health care to at-risk populations especially children and pregnant women.

The challenge to improve health services in Buganda is big, but as the Chinese saying goes: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Through the financial support of people like you, we will take that first step. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.

Sincerely,

Henry Ndawula
Chairman
MVC Initiative
mobilevanclinic@ggwangamujjeboston.org

http://www.mobilevanclinic.org/

Our Mailing Address
Ggwanga Mujje Boston Chapter Inc.
The Mobile Van Clinic Initiative
75 Third Ave, Suite 12,
Waltham MA, 02451

(781) 266 8793
(617) 840 0310
(508) 468 1406


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Ugandan Diaspora News Team

Ugandan Diaspora News Online is an independent, non political news portal primarily aimed at serving Ugandans who work and reside outside Uganda. Our aim is to be a one stop shop for everything Ugandan and the celebration of our Ugandan heritage.

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