G-2245

Power for Hospital in Atiak

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Project Description

Region: Africa

Country: Uganda

Location: Atiak

Total Budget: $187,760

Area of Focus: Disease prevention and treatment


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$10,000

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$10,000

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This Global Grant will provide $187,760 for a backup generator and solar voltaic roof panels for the Teresa Ayiko International Hospital in Atiak, northern Uganda. The backup generator is $96,760 and the solar voltaic roof panels are $91,000. The 100,000 square foot hospital is was built by the Alliance for African Assistance-Uganda, a Uganda non-profit organization with strong ties to Rotary. Districts 5340 and 9211 worked together closely to raise over $300,000 to fund the hospital's medical supplies (GG1863836), making it the largest Rotary grant ever in East Africa. The hospital is expected to open at the end of 2019, providing a broad range of services including surgery, anesthesiology, maternity, pediatrics, and dentistry, for a population of 100,000.

The need for the backup generator and solar panels is based on two factors- the unreliability of electricity in the region and the limited financial resources of the hospital. The success of the hospital, in particular the wellbeing of its patients, will depend upon a consistent availability of electrical power. Northern Uganda struggles with an overpriced, unstable supply of electricity. In the Atiak region, it is common for the power to go out anywhere from five to seven times a day. The hospital will be unable to provide consistent care without a dependable power supply. Given the electrical challenges of the area, this grant would allow for three sources- first, solar power, second, the electrical supply, and third, the backup generator. By reducing the fixed electrical costs with the solar voltaic roof panels, the hospital can free up financial resources for core operation expenditures. The project will provide a significant saving producing up to 80% of the total energy needs, creating a financial savings which will be put to use elsewhere within the facilities.

Uganda has one of the highest rates of maternal and neonatal deaths in Sub-Sahara Africa. Infant mortality is 57.6 per 1000 births, compared to Europe at 4 per 1000 births. The rate of maternal death is also very high (1 in 47 compared to 1 in 5800 in Europe). Mortality for children under five is also high due to pneumonia, malaria, diarrhea, measles, whooping cough, tuberculosis, hepatitis and HIV/AIDS. Northern Uganda has also been affected by Ebola and tropical diseases including sleeping sickness.

Atiak was hard hit by two decades war in northern Uganda. The worst day was 20th April 1995 when the rebels rounded up hundreds of civilians, handpicked young boys and young girls for their troops and sex slaves and executed over 300 of the remaining captives by gunfire. The conflict ended ten years ago, but the healthcare infrastructure was left struggling. The population remains economically disadvantaged and still suffers from post-conflict trauma.

Uganda has the third highest birth rate in the world, at 43.4 per 1000 population. So the direct beneficiaries of this project will include outpatient and inpatient care for an estimated 2,000 babies, their mothers, and their families. In addition, the new hospital will provide direct medical services for a population of 100,000. Because of its location just 35 kilometers from the border with South Sudan, the hospital is also expected to serve a substantial number of the over 1 million refugees who have fled into northern Uganda from the current civil war in that country.

The hospital arose from a needs assessment conducted by the Atiak community. A Uganda non-profit organization, the Alliance for African Assistance-Uganda, agreed to build and own the hospital, and the Community donated the land to the Alliance for that purpose. The Chief of the Atiak Community, Richard Apire, is the Chairman of the hospital Board. Mr. Apire has a B.A. from the University of Nairobi and is a retired banker who has worked with the World Bank. He is also currently Chairman of the Uganda Electricity Regulatory Authority. The hospital has the enthusiastic support of the Executive Director of nearest hospital, St. Mary's Hospital Lacor in Gulu, Uganda, Dr. Cyprian Opira. Doctor Opira is a Past President of the Host Gulu Rotary Club who has been in the forefront of health care in northern Uganda for 30 years. He has lost two of his Uganda Rotarian doctor colleagues in the struggle against Ebola and HIV in Gulu, as noted in The Rotarian magazine in October, 2001, on pages 36-41. Major funding for the hospital has been provided by the San Diego affiliate of the Uganda Alliance for African Assistance, a non-profit organization that resettles refugees in San Diego. The San Diego Alliance has strong ties to the San Diego Rotary Club.

Rotary's close association with the Alliance gives us confidence that the equipment provided by this grant will be put to its intended use. We are also aware of the need for transparency, and we have made every effort to avoid any conflicts of interest.

The need for the backup generator and solar panels is based on two factors- the unreliability of electricity in the region and the limited financial resources of the hospital. The success of the hospital, in particular the wellbeing of its patients, will depend upon a consistent availability of electrical power. Northern Uganda struggles with an overpriced, unstable supply of electricity. In the Atiak region, it is common for the power to go out anywhere from five to seven times a day. The hospital will be unable to provide consistent care without a dependable power supply. Given the electrical challenges of the area, this grant would allow for three sources- first, solar power, second, the electrical supply, and third, the backup generator. By reducing the fixed electrical costs with the solar voltaic roof panels, the hospital can free up financial resources for core operation expenditures. The project will provide a significant saving producing ?% of the total energy needs which will save the hospital $? annually.

Uganda has one of the highest rates of maternal and neonatal deaths in Sub-Sahara Africa. Infant mortality is 57.6 per 1000 births, compared to Europe at 4 per 1000 births The rate of maternal death is also very high (1 in 47 compared to 1 in 5800 in Europe). Mortality for children under five is also high due to pneumonia, malaria, diarrhea, measles, whooping cough, tuberculosis, hepatitis and HIV/AIDS. Northern Uganda has also been affected by Ebola and tropical diseases including sleeping sickness.

Atiak was hard hit by two decades war in northern Uganda. The worst day was 20th April 1995 when the rebels rounded up hundreds of civilians, handpicked young boys and young girls for their troops and sex slaves and executed over 300 of the remaining captives by gunfire. The conflict ended ten years ago, but left the healthcare infrastructure struggling. The population remains economically disadvantaged and still suffers from post-conflict trauma.

Uganda has the third highest birth rate in the world, at 43.4 per 1000 population. So the direct beneficiaries of this project will include outpatient and inpatient care for an estimated 2,000 babies, their mothers, and their families. In addition, the new hospital will provide direct medical services for a population of 100,000. Because of its location just 35 kilometers from the border with South Sudan, the hospital is also expected to serve a substantial number of the over 1 million refugees who have fled the current civil war in that country.

The Executive Director of that hospital is Dr. Cyprian Opira, a Past President of the Host Gulu Rotary Club. Doctor Opira has been in the forefront of health care in northern Uganda for 30 years, and has lost two of his Uganda Rotarian doctor colleagues in the struggle against Ebola and HIV in Gulu, as noted in The Rotarian magazine in October, 2001, at pages 36-41. Dr. Opira is an enthusiastic supporter of this project.

The hospital arose from a needs assessment conducted by the Chief of Atiak, Richard Apire, and other community leaders, in an effort to rebuild northern Uganda after 20 devastating years of war. Major funding for the hospital has been provided by the Alliance for African Assistance, a non-profit organization in San Diego, California, founded in 1989. Starting with seed money from La Jolla Presbyterian Church, the San Diego Alliance has grown into a $5 million organization that has assisted thousands of refugees from all over the world to resettle in San Diego. San Diego Rotary Club has a strong affiliation with the Alliance; when the Club learned about the hospital project, it quickly mobilized ten other Rotary Clubs to fully pledge GG1863836. We are confident that this grant will be supported with the same enthusiasm.

In the meantime, in 2004, recognizing that the best way to help refugees was to improve conditions in their home countries, the San Diego Alliance registered an independent non-profit organization in Uganda-the Alliance for African Assistance-Uganda-with Richard Apire as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Apire has a B.A. from the University of Nairobi who is a retired banker and has worked for the World Bank. He is currently the Chairman of the Uganda Electricity Regulatory Authority. The Uganda Alliance has successfully completed microcredit and solar cooker projects with the Gulu Rotary Club, with the support of the San Diego Rotary Club. Rotary's close association with the Alliance gives us confidence that the equipment provided by this grant will be put to its intended use. We are also aware of the need for transparency, and we have made every effort to avoid any conflict of interest.

Primary Host Partner

District: 9211

Rotary Club of: Gulu

Primary Contact: Josephine Oyella

Email: joyelah.329@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5340

Rotary Club of: San Diego

Primary Contact: Camille Newbern

Email: cnewbern@tomhomgroup.com

Project Status

Need $115,174
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Project listed for the 2019-20 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #2092451.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project

Date

Cash

DDF

Total

San Diego (5340)

17-Oct-19

$10,000

$0

$10,000

Remaining Amount to Raise

Additional Club Contribution (Needed) - Add a contribution

$115,174

-

$115,174

Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation

$62,587

$0

$62,586

Total

$187,760

DDF contributions in grey are pending approval of the corresponding district committee.

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%.

Project Supporting Documents


[17-Oct-19]
Generator


[17-Oct-19]
Generator Quote


[17-Oct-19]
Solar Quote

 

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History Log Entries

17-Oct-19

by Camille Newbern

System Entry: Creation of project page.

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