The New Clinic
In 2017, a new clinic was established in Mafubira, Uganda to provide life-saving healthcare to vulnerable children within the community. In Mafubira, families are often unable to afford hospital fees or transportation to hospitals. At LCM’s clinic, a majority of the patients are treated for burns, which are frequently sustained by cooking over open fires. Additionally, children receive treatment for a variety of illnesses, including malaria, which is prevalent in Uganda. Last year, nearly 100 children were treated at LCM’s clinic in Mafubira. Malaria was the leading cause of mortality for Children above 5 years (Uganda Bureau of statistics 2016).
We recently bought two new clinic beds:
Before the new clinic was built, Lufafa was treating patients in a small room (pictured below).
Why are so many children treated for burns?
We are located in a community where most people use open flames for cooking food, and lighting candles at night to be able to see. People have no proper cooking fire places, they just set down three stones, get firewood, light a fire, and begin cooking. Some people live in grass houses that can easily catch fire at night when the kids are playing with candles or accidents happen. There is also poor supervision of guardians to monitor their children, especially at night, that is why some children obtain burns.
Children are burned from the way people cook. They use charcoal stoves or rocks or brick to hold pots. If this is uneven and children are cooking or near where people are cooking, accidents can happen. Most people cook outside, however if it’s raining they may chose to cook inside. Houses are small and may have many people and children living inside. Many times children fall into hot cooking rice or hot water is spilled onto them.
There is no burn unit in the area and making a trip to the hospital is too costly. The nearest local government hospital is a 15 minute taxi ride from Mafubira where Lufafa is located. Some people live farther away and are unable to pay taxi fees. Hospitals require payment up front before treating a patient.