In Uganda, one child in seven dies before the age of five from malaria, dysentery, respiratory infection and other treatable diseases. Malaria alone accounts for at least 70,000-110,000 child deaths annually in Uganda.
Children afflicted with malaria can be saved if immediate hospitalization and treatment is available. The cost of treatment (e.g. Artemisinin-based combination therapy) is $2.48 per year per child. Unfortunately, with an annual per capita income in Uganda of $240, little money is left for anti-malarial preventive measures or to build hospitals.
SCF provided partial funding for the first children’s hospital in Mbarara Uganda – the Holy Innocent’s Children’s Hospital. In the hospital’s first two years of operation, more than 27,000 children were treated in the out-patient facility and more than 5,000 have been admitted to the hospital to receive medical care. The hospital has saved the lives of thousands of children.
SCF also supplied the hospital with several containers of critically needed medical equipment and funded the purchase of a standby generator.
PLEASE JOIN SCF IN PROVIDING CRITICAL HEALTH CARE TO more CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD.