|Health Project in Uganda|
In the west of Uganda, in an area difficult to get to, Elvyra Pöhland is head of the organization “Soma Child Support Uganda” (SCSU). In Nyamirima and various other villages she looks after pregnant women. Quite a lot of them are still in their teens.
SCSU pays for all the costs that arise, among them antenatal care, hospital treatment, hospital fees, when the babies are born, aftercare and vaccination programs. Helping expectant mothers is absolutely vital for them because the maternal mortality rate in Uganda is still high and neither state organizations nor, in a lot of cases, the fathers of the babies are ready to support the women who really need all the help they can get.
Furthermore, AIDS has spread rapidly in recent years. As most of the women in the villages are dependent on the help of local midwives when they give birth to their babies the danger of passing the virus on to their babies is a further serious problem. That is why Elvira Pöhland makes sure that as many men and women as possible undergo HIV tests.
When the results show that the men or women are infected SCSU helps financially to guarantee regular blood tests and an appropriate medication. “In recent months more and more people want to take part in the HIV tests programs” says Elvira Pöhland in one of her regular reports to the managing committee of Aktion Kleiner Prinz . Aktion Kleiner Prinz has supported Elvira Pöhland since 2009 because health care is the basis for any kind of further help for people who cannot expect any support from the state in which they live.
|Zuletzt aktualisiert am Montag, den 17. Oktober 2011 um 17:46 Uhr|