Measuring Our Success
Thanks to the generosity of our donors to Friends of East Africa Foundation, great strides have been made in bringing quality, affordable health care to the people of Uganda.
Karen F. Kaler Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
The new Karen F. Kaler Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is equipped with all the “bells and whistles,” including these new incubators and monitors, for the Ruth Gaylord Hospital’s tiniest patients.
RGHM now offers x-rays onsite. This exciting addition to the services provided by RGHM helps to diagnose bones and chronic coughs (often used in investigating tuberculosis and pneumonia). Patients can now remain at RGHM rather than suffer the cost and aggravation of transferring to another facility for their x-ray. Having our X-ray on site also assures that our ambulance is available for emergencies rather than being used for the transportation of a patient to another facility.
4X4 Double-Cab Truck
Acquiring a 4X4 Toyota truck has extended the reach of the Mobile Health Clinic while allowing the ambulance to remain at the hospital for emergencies. Previously the ambulance also was used for the Mobile Health Clinic.
Underway is a water-pasteurization project to increase the supply of drinkable water for the hospital and its neighbors. St. Thomas engineering professor Dr. John Abraham and alumnus Brian Plourde ’10 contributed to the design of LEMA, a highly efficient, solar-powered, point-of-use water pasteurizer for the hospital campus.
Fabricated by Herold Precision, each LEMA system has embedded electronics, 3M solar mirror film for capturing optimum solar energy, distribution tanks and a water pump. Five LEMA devices can pasteurize more than 2,000 liters of water each day.
RGHM relies on Lancet Laboratories in Kampala to perform laboratory tests that it cannot provide on its own. FOEA Foundation acquired funding for a chemistry analyzer. The analyzer helps hospital staff to perform tests of renal and liver function, generate lipid profiles, and obtain hemoglobin and blood glucose measurements and more.
Groundbreaking for Apartment Buildings
In addition to the buildings that make up the hospital campus, one nine-unit and two eight-unit apartment buildings are under construction. These two-bedroom apartments will serve as the hospital’s endowment. The rent will replace expensive equipment, fund care for those who cannot afford to pay, and support public health outreach such as immunizations and health education. The three buildings have been funded by U.S. benefactors through FOEA.
200,000-Liter Water Reservoir
In January 2016, work began an 200,000 liter underground reservoir to collect rainwater. Pumps will deliver harvested rainwater to a gravity driven rooftop distribution system and dispense the water for flushing toilets, laundry, cleaning and irrigation.
Hospital Approved for Blood Storage
In January 2016, RGHM received approval from Uganda Blood Transfusion Services to store blood on site.
First Surgery at RGH
November 26, 2016, marked the hospital's first surgical procedure.
FOEA was able to acquire an ambulance. At first, the ambulance was used for patient transfers as well as for the Mobile Health Clinic, extending the outreach of Ruth Gaylord Hospital. The Mobile Clinic provides health education and vaccinations.
Generator Can Power Entire Hospital
Acquired in summer 2015, a Perkins 15KVA diesel generator easily can handle the power needs of the entire hospital complex during the area's many electrical grid interruptions. At the same time, generous donors to FOEA funded a high-quality commercial washer and dryer.
Celebration Marks a Grand Opening
On March 21, 2013, FOEA Foundation celebrated the official opening of our "dream come true," a 64-bed hospital focused on maternal and pediatric care.