|Uganda – Village Monte|
MdM’s presence in Uganda is focused on the region of Monte village , which is 200 km north of Kabala. Basic aim of the mission of MdM is the support of the local Medical Centrewith work infrastructure as well as the upgrading of health services provision for the maximum possible percentage of the population in the region.
After the invitation of priest Antonis Moutouabe ,who is present in Christian Orthodox parish in the region , in April 2009 MdM realized a mission in Uganda in order to record and analyse thye medical needs of the population. Emphasis was given to the sensitive group of mothers- porters of HIV virus and orphan children who live far away from Kabala , without any medical support.
Uganda is one of the poorest countries of the world with 30 million people and with an average of life expectancy less than 50 years. In addition, more than 1,6 million – 80% of the total population of north Uganda- are displaced and live under terrible conditions facing the attacks of LRA (Revolutionary Army). Malaria, respiratory infections and diarrheas consist the most important reasons of infantile mortality and they are responsible for 79 children deaths every 1000 births. More than 20.000 babies are infected from HIV virus each year and at the same time millions of babies become orphans as their parents die due to the virus. Half of the country’s population has no access to clean, potable water and almost 40% of the citizens remain under the poverty line.
Since August 2009, MdM’s aim is the upgrading , the equipment and the maximum exploitation of Medical Centers in Monte , extension of 600 sm. On one hand, the new equipment includes appropriate medical instruments which provide the capacity of diagnostic examinations and they allow the cure of all cases. On the other hand, MdM have undertaken the crewing of the Center , occupying one permanent nurse and one visitor doctor as well as volunteers doctors from Greece , who contribute through their knowledge to the provision of pharmaceutical cure and to informing programs for hygiene, prevention measures and the importance of health for residents.
Medical Center in Monte will be the unique spot to provide free medical care to a big geographical extent. Direct beneficiaries are Monte residents , 900 children who live to boarding school and indirect beneficiaries consist the population of Luwaro region , that’s to say almost 400.000 people. From the total population of beneficiaries 50% are children under 14 years old.
This mission was the first from a list of actions that MdM organise to the region.