Suubi Medical Centre (SMC) is a non-profit, non-sectarian community project dedicated to bringing affordable healthcare services to the poor villages of Uganda. This name of the medical centre is derived from a local word, ‘SUUBI’ which means ‘HOPE. The Medical centre was started in 2006.
Suubi Medical Centre (SMC) is located in Busu village, Iwawu parish, Bulamagi Sub- County, Kigulu County in Iganga District, approximately 140 kilometres from Uganda’s capital, Kampala.
THE MEDICAL CHALLENGE
Uganda has a national healthcare service, but children and women in rural communities like Busu village in Iganga often lack access to basic medical care because doctors in these regions are few and far between.
It is not unusual for children and women in Uganda to become dangerously ill or even die due to medical conditions that are normally easily treated in western countries. An African child in places like Busu village where we work is 8 times more likely to die before his fifth birthday2 than one born in Europe. Children in Uganda face disease and illness due to malnutrition, poor hygiene, unclean environments, traffic accidents, food and mosquito-borne diseases like Malaria. Pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria are the three biggest killer diseases of young children in Busu village. In addition, sickle cell disease (SCD) is the single most important genetic cause of childhood mortality globally, and it takes a heavy toll on Ugandan children, also making them more susceptible to serious infections.
Compounding the problem is the fact that poor families in rural Uganda villages like Busu cannot afford quality health care, and sometimes those living outside of the cities and towns cannot even afford the transport to a health facility.
Suubi Medical Centre provides daily access to a trained nurse, who can provide health information, assess any health issues and either treat minor issues at the centre or refer the patient to a local district hospital in Iganga.
Suubi Medical centre’s mission is to build long-term partnerships with local communities and health systems in the Iganga district to facilitate sustainable, innovative and life-saving health and disability care for the most vulnerable. We seek to bring hope, health and action to Uganda’s poorest and believe every person has the right to quality health care without discrimination.
A healthy population where all people are able to contribute towards social-
economic development of their households and the community.
Suubi Medical Centre runs a range of community health programmes in Iganga- Uganda, focused on providing care for the most vulnerable women and children. This includes providing effective health care and prevention in the community, through immunisations, health education, malnutrition treatment and the identification and referral of high-risk cases that need the assistance of Iganga district hospital.
Under the umbrella CIC ( Community Interest Company) ‘Suubi Uganda Project’ …which has a number of community-based initiatives planned…we welcome support for our medical centre from anyone wanting to help us achieve our goals. This is especially vital, as poverty is often the determining factor in the well-being of many families in this area.
Other safe motherhood programs including Antenatal Care
Every healthy child in Uganda can go to school and get an education. Every successfully treated child relieves families and communities from the burden that disproportionately hits underprivileged Iganga populations. We are committed to continuing to reimagine medicines for the children and women of Busu village because each child deserves a chance to live a full and healthy life.
Will you help us provide poor Ugandan children and their families with greater access to medical care through your gift today? Whether large or small you can stand with us to meet needs and save lives for the poor with a gift of any amount.
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Those who have followed us over the years will have seen our struggle to connect Suubi Medical centre to the hydro electricity. Having power would make a difference because we would be able to use electric equipment and even carry out basic surgical operations and use a dental chair and things like that
We want to give this one last push. Our total bill is £2900 but we have £1700 so we need to raise £1200 to make it happen. We need some monentum to push this so that we end the 5 year long wait for electricity. Can you help with this drive?