Nov 2019 Blog

16 Nov

           Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy 2020 

“When you arise in the morning think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy and to love.” – Anon

Christmas is a very important time of the year and it is especially significant for Christians as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

As we head into the festive season it is a good time to reflect on the year, celebrate and spend time with our family and friends.

However, not everyone is in a position to be able to enjoy this time of the year as there are many people around us who are less fortunate. We all have a responsibility to reach out to those who are lonely, suffering an illness and who have very little and yes, we need to be kinder to each other. Whilst we may not have control over the current chaos in many parts of the world, we can do our bit to help those in need.

Christmas is a symbol of “Giving” and gift giving a practice intended to express love and friendship. But how many of these gifts go unwanted?

In the UK over 60 million unwanted presents end up in cupboards, charity shops, sold online or end up being thrown away. In the US it is estimated that US$16 billion is spent on unwanted gifts.

It’s time to find a new approach to gift giving.

If you have family or friends that are difficult to buy for or say they have everything they need, then they may appreciate a Christmas Gift Certificate that supports a worthwhile project.

A gift that keeps on giving.

New Hope Children’s hostel Christmas Gift Certificate

The New Hope Children’s hostel provides children who have cancer with a safe and secure home environment and enables them to have access to treatment for their cancer.

Our children have a simple wish this Christmas and that is ‘to get well and go back to my family and school’.  Let us all help them to do so.

Our Christmas Gift Certificate is a donation to the hostel from you, on behalf of that special person at Christmas.

It is simple -complete an online form and submit your donation. KHC will then personalise the Christmas Gift Certificate with the person’s name that will receive the certificate and the name of the person it is from. We will then create a pdf of the Certificate and email it to you.

Here is an example of the certificate.

The Christmas Gift Certificate can be purchased up to Friday 20 December 2019.

International Applicant’s Payment Options

Many international payment providers such as Paypal do not have a facility to send money to Uganda.

One of the few payment providers that can remit money to Uganda from overseas is WorldRemit, which is a reputable company based in the UK. This provider mainly supports people who want to send money to families and friends but will allow money to be sent to a charity. We have included on the campaign page a document explaining how the process works, what information you need to include on their form and this process has been tested!

WorldRemit Payment options are by Mobile Money or Bank transfer.

To get you started this link will take you to our New Hope Children’s hostel Christmas Gift Certificate website page.

We can guarantee your Christmas gift will not be wasted.

KHC AGM Reveals Another  Productive Year

In October KHC had its AGM which was attended by friends and partners of KHC. It was a very productive meeting and KHC’s 5 year Strategic Plan 2029-2024 was tabled.

Mr Aloysius Byaruhanga Mesignwa (Chairman) stated ‘Due to the changes in our external environment a number of new strategies have been introduced in our work. We will continue to address the comprehensive needs of people with HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Cancer but also have an integrated approach to include services that are needed by our clients. We have strategically decided to get involved in advocacy work to ensure that the plight of the many people suffering with these illnesses is brought to light and that Government policy is influenced so that people’s rights to quality health care are realised.”

Brief Overview

It is very important for any organisation to measure its objectives as it enables it to focus on key deliverables and to measure its progress. For KHC if we are succeeding in means we are enabling disadvantaged people in our communities to access medical services.

·         KHC strategies are in line with 90-90-90 UNAIDS targets to control  HIV/AIDS by 2020.·

HIV Testing Services : Total number of people tested – 8,209. Number tested HIV positive -370 (4.5%). Number enrolled in care -335 (90%)

•       Antiretroviral Therapy Services (ART) : Active in Care – 2,182. Number of clients on ART – 2,182 (100%)

·         Tuberculosis: Total patients screened -2,182. Presumptive TB – 277. Confirmed cases – 126. Active cases year end – 39.

·         Palliative & Supportive Oncology (Services provided: Pain & symptom control, psychological, social and spiritual care). Home based care – 27. In patient care at New Hope hostel – 195.

·         Orphans & vulnerable children: Home Care Education Support currently has 71 children on its program.

Teen’s Club & Adolescent Program – provides ART adherence counselling; Life skills training; Behaviour change communication; and On-going counselling.  

Latest News

New leadership, new responsibility – Dr Sam Guma was elected as the President/ Chairman of the Uganda Cancer Society (UCS) in September during their Annual General Assembly in Kampala. UCS is an umbrella organisation that brings together NGOs and CSOs and individuals involved in cancer control and management in Uganda.  Congratulations Dr. Guma.

Wonderful Celebration

Mr & Mrs Kakuru Mugarura recently celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary with New Hope Children’s Hostel. They wanted to celebrate their life together through charity – supporting children living with cancer at the New Hope Children’s Hostel.

We believe that charity is the greatest social work, and we are pleased to do it whenever we get a chance.” says Henrieta.  They invited their friends to the party who bought items for the hostel ranging from eggs, bread, soap, rice, clothes etc.  As you can see the children had a wonderful time and we wish Henrieta and Kakuru a happy anniversary and we are grateful for their kindness.

Community Lend a Hand

Devine Mercy catholic community at Clerk International University visited the children in October to donate clothes, and money to support the purchase of the most commonly prescribed medicines for the children while they are on cancer treatment. Many thanks to this community and also agreeing to be our partners in raising awareness for cancer management.

Hard Work Pays Off 

A recommendation by World Health Organisation to accelerate the identification of undiagnosed people with HIV globally is the Assisted Partner Notification (APN). KHC was one of the facilities identified to initiate this strategy. We are proud to share our outstanding performance in this project. In the last quarter, KHC performed way above its targets and this great work is attributed to the team work of counsellors, clinician Doctors, community workers, and CQI.  Well done team as this also means that we are making progress in managing this illness in our communities.

We joined Rays of Hope Hospice Jinja in a charity and cancer awareness work, run, and bike ride.

Message from Executive Director

 I would like to thank our friends and partners for the kindness and support that you have given us during this past year. We have had a very productive and successful year in 2019, reaching out and improving the outcomes for many disadvantaged people in our communities.

I am especially proud of the work we have done through our hostel for children who have cancer. Helping them to access oncology specialists and services is so important in giving them a chance to survive this terrible disease. However, we still have lots to do.

 I would also like to acknowledge the great support and guidance that we received from the KHC Board members throughout the year. They have provided a significant contribution in time, advice, financial and material contributions to us. We deeply appreciate their commitment and enthusiasm.

And if it weren’t for the dedicated KHC management, staff and community volunteers who work tirelessly for our clients, KHC would not be able to provide our community with the holistic support they desperately need.

God Bless

Dr Samuel Guma

 KHC staff and community volunteers will be taking some well-earned rest from Friday 20 December 2019 until 6 January 2020. There will be a skeleton medical staff to support our clients.

See you next year!

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