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.