Since 2003, STACC has supported the cost of running the Children’s Ward at St Kizito Hospital, Matany, in the North-east of the country. The ward, which is the biggest and busiest in the hospital, admits from 6,000 to 7,000 patients annually. STACC’s contribution amounts to about 35% of the annual cost, including staff wages, medicines, laundry and other supplies. There is an equally busy outpatient department for children. The hospital seeks to provide additional nutrients for local children and in support of this programme STACC has sent funds to cover the cost of a vegetable garden and the purchase of a small flock of goats for a supply of much needed milk.
Malaria and respiratory tract infections account for over half of hospital admissions. Malnutrition is one of the top five causes of death in the under-fives.