By Wilber Muhwezi- Kasibante
Americans led by Amy Williams have solicited funds and procured 14000 bed nets for pregnant mothers in Greater Bushenyi.
These bed nets have been distributed at their four health centers; Dr Belknap health centre based in Kyeibanga, Sheema district, Adina health centre in Kiyanga Mitooma district, Kitabi health centre in Bushenyi district and Beverly Health centre in Buhweju district.
Ms Amy Williams noted that each bed net costs them $10(Ug.sh 36,000=) from Europe to Uganda via Indian Ocean.
Amy Williams is the president of Bushenyi Alliance for Rural Health and Development (BARHD) an NGO based in America; a sister to Bushenyi Integrated for Rural Development (BIRD) in Uganda.
BARHD fundraizes money in America and feeds it to BIRD in Uganda to support orphans and vulnerable children in schools, pregnant mothers and unpreveraged people in health care.
She noted that when a girl child completes school, she produces averagely 4.4 children instead of 7.7 if she did not go to school.
For this matter therefore, the NGO sponsors 319 students in three secondary schools; Bishop McAllister Kyogyera, Kibingo Girls SS and Ryakasinga Centre for Higher Education all in Sheema district.
She further disclosed that they spend $400(1,440,000 =) on each student per year. They also provide full bursary for University students.
She says she fundraizes the money through Rotary clubs, Churches and women groups who sympathize with suffering Ugandans.
This year, they are celebrating 10 years of BARHD of America and BIRD of Uganda by organizing a series of activities that include a medical camp at Dr.B in Kyeibanga, Sheema district yesterday. They offered antenatal care, dental care, and high blood pressure testing.
The activities will continue to all three health centres; to other health cetres of Adina in Kiyanga Mitooma district, Kitabi in Bushenyi district and Beverly in Buhweju district.