Help build a women's hospital in rural Uganda! Join UNAA – the Ugandan North American Association, and UFFT – Uganda Fistula Fund for TERREWODE. One Brick at a Time!
In 2018 we will begin construction of a dedicated women's hospital in Uganda. This new hospital will transform health care in the region, providing improved maternal and health services for women and children, particularly women suffer from obstetric fistula, a childbirth injury.
Support the Struggle to End Fistula in Uganda. "Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious and tragic childbirth injuries. It is a hole between the birth canal and bladder or rectum caused by prolonged, obstructed labor, without access to timely, high-quality medical treatment or a c-section. It leaves women leaking urine, feces or both, and often leads to chronic medical problems, depression, social isolation and deepening poverty."
Fistula devastates lives of women in Uganda’s most rural areas where mothers still deliver babies without medical assistance. A woman enduring prolonged, unrelieved obstructed labor nearly always loses her baby. According to a member of the Ugandan North America Association: “It’s not life threatening, so nobody’s going to die with a fistula. But a woman still goes through a great deal on the physical, mental and social fronts. It’s a human rights challenge.” Untreated, these women are often deserted by their husbands and shunned by their communities. Treated, she can live a healthy, productive life.
Today, more than 200,000 women in Uganda suffer from obstetric fistula; with over 2,000 new cases occurring every year due to the lack of access to emergency and preventative maternal care. There is a dire need to ACT NOW. No woman should endure a life of misery and isolation simply to bring a child into this world. Help make this dream a reality! Please donate generously by ‘Buying a Brick’ (or several) in support of improving the health care of women in Uganda. The Need:
Imagine how it feels to lose your baby in childbirth after laboring for days, left with a devastating medical condition called obstetric fistula because emergency obstetric care wasn’t available; because you didn’t have access to a c-section. This birth injury leaves you constantly incontinent. Women are often ostracized from family and community, suffering a life of physical and mental anguish. Most fistulas cases can be cured by surgery, yet surgeries and rehabilitation services are out of reach for low-income women who live in rural regions.
Many of these women live on less than $1.00 a day. The new hospital will transform health care in the region, providing safe and effective surgeries as well as services to decrease maternal and infant mortality rates, and assist in the prevention of obstetric fistula. The TERREWODE Women’s Hospital objectives are to:
• Provide free, quality treatment and post surgical care for 1,000 patients a year
• Offer portable ultrasound to identify risk
• Increase the number of trained, qualified medical staff
• Provide re-integration services post surgery for fistula survivors
• Maintain quality record management and participation in research studies
The TERREWODE Women’s Hospital will be the first of it's kind in eastern Africa; focusing services on women who suffer from fistula. We are committed to developing a hospital that will serve as a model for care that meets international standards. The 12,206 sq ft medical center includes a surgical suite, patient ward with 28 beds, reintegration center, laboratory, pharmacy, training room, administrative office, laundry, supplies, and equipment room. In addition, a residence building for doctors and nurses will provide a housing benefit to ensure that top quality medical staff are recruited to work in Soroti. Where we stand today:
In April 2016, UFFT was able to complete the first step for the hospital by supporting the acquisition of six acres of land in Soroti, Uganda. Additionally, UFFT has raised more than $200,000 enabling the first phase of the hospital construction to begin by 2018. To help us achieve this noble cause, we seek your support to Buy Several Bricks and own part of a hospital for Ugandan women and families. Join us in building a medical center that all Ugandans will be proud of. The Buy A Brick Campaign Help will help raise the much needed funds to complete the hospital and medical center. Funds will be used to furnish the women’s ward and support construction of a rehabilitation and reintegration center. How it works:
All donations amounts are welcome and all donations are tax deductible. There is special recognition at the following levels:
Buy one brick for $50 – receive a personal Certificate of Appreciation
Buy two bricks for $100 – Your name will be on a recognition wall at the hospital, and a Certificate of Appreciation.
Buy ten bricks for $1,000 or more – Your name will be on a prominent position on the recognition wall, with larger lettering, and a Certificate of Appreciation.
For all gifts of $50 or more - your name will be entered into a drawing for a round trip Air ticket to Uganda!
The Uganda Fistula Fund (UFF)
is a United States 501.c.3 nonprofit corporation founded to support TERREWODE’s work in maternal health. The Ugandan North American Association
is partnering with UFF to build a hospital to treat fistula, restore maternal health, and provide services to the poorest and most vulnerable women and girls in rural region of Soroti, Uganda. The hospital will be owned and operated by a Ugandan NGO, TERREWODE
, which has been providing health care and empowerment to women since 2001.
Terrewode’s founder and executive director is Alice Emasu. She is a Makerere University graduate and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, MO, with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. A highly respected leader, she has won several distinctions including being named as an Ashoka Fellow in 2011. Ugandan North American Association (UNAA), Founded in 1988; is a 501.c3 Nonprofit community organization for Ugandans and friends in North America, which encourages fellowship among members in North America, United Kingdom and Uganda. The Ugandan Community in North America has well over 120,000 individuals. UNAA is a partner with UFFT to raise funds to build the hospital in Uganda.
Ugandan North American Association (UNAA), Founded in 1988; is a 501.c3 Nonprofit community organization for Ugandans and friends in North America, which encourages fellowship among members in North America, United Kingdom and Uganda. The Ugandan Community in North America has well over 120,000 individuals. UNAA is a partner with UFFT to raise funds to build the hospital in Uganda.UFFT is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization EIN/Federal Tax Identification number is 47-230-4060 Questions?
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