Ebola outbreak threatens travel............

The outbreak of Ebola haemorraghic fever in West Africa is causing major travel disruption between East and West Africa. Kenya Airways have suspended flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone and other airlines have instituted similar bans. The Cameroon Government has closed its southern border with Nigeria. The impact on the International Programmes team ability to work in West Africa is still uncertain, but staff safety is clearly of primary importance. At the moment there are no students from West Africa in Hospice Africa Uganda. More information from WHO

More medical supplies and comforts sent to Uganda

From time to time we receive donations of unused colostomy goods which we can ship to Uganda and staff at Hospice Africa Uganda can use to support poor patients. This time there were 26 boxes of medical supplies,which include 2000 donated syringes and two boxes for a pc patient supported by Ostomy Aid and 7 boxes of woollens, mainly teddies and blankets. They weighed 294 kg and the volume was 1.9 cu. metres. Thanks especially to Dan Willoughby of Shipping Services Ltd for organising the transport. The cargo reached Entebbe on 27th July.

Amongst the goods were knitted toys for children at Hospice Africa Uganda and in Mulago Hospital, Kampala. The toys are very much appreciated by the children as you can see from this smile! A simple gift of a knitted doll in its own bag may seem very little, but for children with advanced cancers or who's parents who are ill, the toys are a comfort and a means of expressing themselves through play. Several thousand of these toys, together with blankets and hats have been sent and are always welcomed.

Sponsored cycle ride

The 28th June saw an enthusiastic group doing the 4th annual sponsored cycle ride. A trip along the Wirral Way which is both scenic and FLAT! was a the order of the day and it was enjoyed by all. Congratulations to both riders and their sponsors.

International Programmes: The International Programmes team, based at Hospice Africa Uganda in Kampala, are always working to spread the Hospice ethos to other parts of sub-Saharan Africa See what they have been doing.


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