The team taught the HICH nursing and medical staff how to operate the NICU area, run the equipment, provide respiratory care for children, neonatal and child CPR, intraosseous insertion, emergency triage and management, and pediatric assessment.
In the community, they taught and conducted developmental assessments of children from birth to age 8, assessed the nutrition of children in Mbarara and two outlying villages, conducted nutrition focus groups with parents and children, performed physicals at St. Aloysius Elementary School and developed a nutrition education class for the staff and students at St. Francis Academy.
Twenty-two medical professionals and students from around the world, including personnel from University of San Diego, Children’s Hospital Oakland and AmeriCares, spent eight days working at Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital (HICH) in Mbarara this summer.
Our team brought 1,000 pounds of supplies to HICH: IVs, medications, suture supplies, oxygen tubing/masks/CPAP devices, stethoscopes and more. They established a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Ward II to help severely ill newborns being transferred to HICH from a local government hospital. During the trip alone seven newborns were treated and saved who would have died if the NICU had not been operational.
Note: This article was originally posted on October 2010.
A team of 20 volunteers traveled to Mbarara, Uganda in January to work at Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital (HICH) and in the community of Mbarara in an effort to help improve the health of the people living in Mbarara District. The team was comprised of 11 nursing students from Dominican University of California and three of their nursing professors including Anita Hunter, PhD, RN who is Dean of Nursing and a HICH Board member; one lawyer working with domestic violence issues in Uganda; two chemistry professors from the University of San Diego and three USD chemistry undergraduate students working on water quality issues in the Mbarara region. The team was in country from January 5 through January 19, 2013 and accomplished the following:
In late March, 2007, HI sent its first medical mission to Mbarara, Uganda, to assess local conditions and resources and advise on logistics involved with the location, design and construction of Holy Innocents Hospital. The mission consisted of Dr. Anita Hunter, Associate Professor and Director of the RN-BS and Master’s Entry Program into Nursing at the University of San Diego, and six graduate nursing students.