Throughout 2016 STACC has supported efforts to improve the nutrition of children in Sierra Leone and in Uganda. The team in Sierra Leone is engaged in the governments complementary feeding programme for infants and toddlers. Breast feeding is encouraged and mothers are shown how to offer a nutritious porridge to their children. Thousands of children are benefitting from the programme.
St Kizito Hospital located in Northeast Uganda is in an area where undernutrition is a problem. In addition to providing 36% of the annual running costs of the Childrens Ward, STACC has responded to a request to help improve nutritional provision for the young patients by sending £4,300 to establish vegetable production and for the purchase a small herd of goats for much needed milk.
With additional support from STACC, the team based in Ile-Ife Nigeria has increased its provision of free health care for children from 16 to 20 mobile clinics per month reaching 10 communities. One of the 4WD vehicles is nearing the end of its service so STACC has set aside £18,000 to cover the cost of a replacement.
On Pemba Island (Zanzibar, Tanzania) the team, also supported by IdCF (Milan), has continued to care for children at its permanent clinic at Gombani and with its outreach service to places beyond walking distance of Gombani. Over 21,000 children will have received free health care this year.
In Kenya, the BION (acronym from the Maasai for Health for Mothers and Children) team has visited primary schools to carry on with the distribution of insecticide-treated bednets for the use of Maasai children living in Magadi. Mothers are being provided with nutritious food for their children and given vessels for storing drinking water. The team also visits orphanages to provide much needed food.
The team working in Bongo District, Ghana, has set up an extensive health education programme in the Districts primary schools and is in collaboration with the government in the treatment of school-age children for schistosomiasis. Treatment takes place in schools but does not reach children who for whatever reason cannot go to school. The StACC Ghana team is set to find and treat the absentees.
During the year STACCs Directors decided to help with the running costs of the Childrens Ward at Pope Johns Hospital at Aber, Lira, Uganda. The first transfer of funds took place in November.
All the health care summarized above has been made possible by donations from trusts, Rotary clubs, church congregations, societies, businesses and many generous individuals, some having supported STACC since its foundation 24 years ago. The Directors plan to invite you to support a special health project to mark the charitys Silver Jubilee. STACC warmly thanks Investec (Investment Management, Quartermile One, Edinburgh EH3 9EN) and Bristows LLP (100 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DH) for hosting splendid events for STACC during November.