Vital signs monitors for HICH





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Project Description

Region: Africa

Country: Uganda

Location: Mbarara

Total Budget: $39,000

Area of Focus: Disease prevention and treatment

This global grant will fund 12 vital signs monitors for Holy Innocents Children's Hospital's (HICH's) new surgical center in Mbarara, Uganda. The 12 vital signs monitors will cover children in both operating rooms, plus children in the pre-op and post-op areas of the surgical center.

Mbarara District currently has no dedicated pediatric surgical center. For years HICH has had requests from parents and from other medical facilities in the region to add a surgical center for children. There are many children in the region who need a broad range of basic surgical procedures, e.g. tonsillectomy, appendectomy, ear tube insertions, and repairs of fractures, internal bleeding, hernias, abdominal injuries and others. Currently children have to either go outside the region, undergo sometimes less than optimal care in other facilities, or forego surgery altogether. In the same way that the pediatric community in Mbarara was underserved in 2009 (prior to HICH) where hospitalization and outpatient facilities were concerned, this community is still underserved where pediatric surgery in concerned. The vital signs monitors that are part of this grant are a key component of the surgical center equipment.

The children of Mbarara, Uganda, ages 0 - 16, will benefit from this global grant. Any of the approx. 400,000 children in Mbarara District will be able to avail themselves of the services of Holy Innocents Children's Hospital's Surgical Center. It is anticipated that the surgical center will perform 2,400 surgeries per year at maximum capacity.

The surgical center will open at the end of 2016. HICH therefore needs the vital signs monitors delivered in early December, 2016 so they can be set up, and staff can be trained in their use.

Rotary Club of Fallbrook will i) finalize bids with suppliers once this Global Grant is approved, with input from Holy Innocents Children's Hospital and Rotary Club of Mbarara, ii) handle the transfer of funds to the supplier(s) once purchase order(s) has(ve) been awarded, and iii) communicate regularly with Rotary Club of Mbarara and HICH to ensure timely execution of bids, awards, payments, installation and training.

Rotary Club of Mbarara will i) meet as appropriate with the Hospital Administrator at HICH to monitor the equipment acquisition process, ii) coordinate with Hospital Administrator at HICH regarding the delivery and installation of the vital signs monitors, iii) monitor the training of HICH staff in the use of the vital signs monitors, and iv) report to Rotary Club of Fallbrook and Holy Innocents Children's Hospital regarding the successful delivery and installation of the vital signs monitors, and training of staff personnel in the use thereof.

The surgical center will increase the health infrastructure of the community in Mbarara, Uganda, since it will be the first such pediatric surgery infrastructure in the region. It will aid in the prevention of physical disability resulting from injury or disease requiring surgery because the surgeries it performs will correct maladies that otherwise might cause long-term disabilities in children. The 12 vital signs monitors provided through this global grant will be a critical component of the surgical center.

Primary Host Partner

District: 9211

Rotary Club of: Mbarara

Primary Contact: Apollo Ampumwize

Email: rotary.apollo@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5340

Rotary Club of: Fallbrook

Primary Contact: Herb Baker

Email: herb@herbbaker.com

Project Status

This project has been "Dropped". Check the history log entries to see why it was dropped.

Project listed for the 2016-17 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #1642392.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Fallbrook (5340)





Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation




Additional Contribution (not matched by The Rotary Foundation)




Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

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History Log Entries


System Entry

Creation of project page.


by Marta Knight

At the meeting of the District 5340 Rotary Foundation Committee on 7-11-16, a match of $7,500 DDF was approved for this Global Grant between Fallbrook Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Mbarara, Uganda.

This grant can proceed to the Rotary Foundation for approval.


by Herb Baker

Final arrangements have been made to open a dedicated checking account for the Vital Sign Monitors and Equipment. The TRF application is nearly ready to be submitted to them.


by Herb Baker

Regarding the Vital Sign Monitors:

One last signature authorization is needed from DRFC Harish Bhatt (District 9211). The Uganda District has that must receive and approve a global grant before their DRFC sees the grant. Florence Kanyike (email address: Flokany02@gmail.com.) is the Country Foundation Chair for your District 9211. After her approval, Florence may be able to help you get DRFC Harish Bhatt (District 9211) signature authorization.

Newest Problem: The Mbarara Rotary Club has to get reauthorized by TRF as a fully operating local Rotary club. They have been spending weeks in deciding where the authorization qualification papers should be sent. Still Fallbrook Rotary has heard nothing since that problem arose.

From: Herb Baker, Fallbrook Rotary


by Herb Baker

03-22-2017 After blood, sweat, tears, BEING totally funded by the Fallbrook Club (International Club), BEING totally approved by District 5340, and having heard from TRF that the Vital Signs Monitors Project had been satisfactorily completed, then the Country Chair of Uganda (James Nkooka) REFUSED TO SIGN HIS APPROVAL. If the purpose of the Rotary District and Rotary International is to support the Club level Rotarians, I will share with them the particulars of this unjust, unwarranted, treatment to the Fallbrook Rotary Club. One, single Rotarian refused a $37,744.00 free grant of medical equipment for his country's children.

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by Herb Baker

03-22-2017 Entry resumed after starting entry was too long.

With the help of Non-Rotarian donors, the Fallbrook Rotary Club was able to get its club money matched, and were able to still

deliver the Vital Signs Monitors to the Holy Innocents Children's Hospital.

The Fallbrook Rotary Club has been forced to cancel the Vital Signs Monitors Grant G-1175 & GG1642392 after three years in the making. This grant has been stopped and its checking account has been closed. No District Money nor TRF Money was used.

"Service above Self",

Herb Baker


System Entry

System Entry: Fully Pledged project dropped per lack of response to the carry-over notification emails.

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