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Koja Sybiraki Health Centre

Koja, Uganda in Africa, was a place of destination for Polish refugees from Siberia, who fled the USSR with General Anders' Army in 1942. About 3,000 people lived in the estate. In 1943, Polish refugees created a medical post for local people, as they did not agree with the decision of the British camp administration, which  allowed only white people to benefit from the services of the camp’s hospital. When Polish people left the camp, the post was closed down. In the 1980s, the local community's efforts made it possible to reopen it, under the name: the Mpunge Health Centre. It is a clinic operated by local authorities. It has no hospital ward, which proves to be necessary, as the number of cases requiring hospitalisation is growing. It pertains to, among others, women who should be monitored for at least 24 hours after giving birth, which is now impossible at the Centre and leads to frequent deaths of mothers and/or their children. Also, those who suffer from AIDS and require specialised hospital care cannot receive it now. The project will make it possible to provide patients with on-site help, now, they have to be transported to a hospital located 30 km away. Some patients die during the transport.

Sybiracy, emotionally connected with Koja, visited the Mpunge Health Centre in 2010. Becoming aware of the scale of the needs of local people in terms of health care and also wishing to show residents their gratitude for accepting them during the time of war, they established a special committee to create a Health Centre - a hospital ward at the Mpunge Health Centre. The Committee was able to collect about 25, 000 dollars. The Ugandan - Polish Cultural and Development Foundation and the authorities of the Kukono District contributed to the creation of a building in the form of a building shell. However, they had insufficient funds to finish the building.

Koja Sybiraki Health Centre

The project is scheduled to be implemented from 15 July to 15 December 2015, thanks to the cooperation of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Nairobi and its local partner, the Ugandan - Polish Cultural and Development Foundation. The objective of the project is to increase the quality of medical care in the Mpunge subcounty. In particular, it focuses on decreasing the mortality rate of mothers and infants and enabling the treatment of people who would have been referred to the hospital located 30 km away, especially patients suffering from AIDS. The project provides for, among others, building the ceiling, porches and passageways, inserting doors and windows, equipping and furnishing the rooms. Construction works will be supervised by two engineers from the Mukono district,  one of them is the officer responsible for medical infrastructure in the district. The works will be conducted by the Don Bosco Calm Boys. They are young men from disfavoured communities, who graduated from the Technical Institute run by Franciscan Missionaries and they have already worked on building the Centre. The local authorities will provide additional medical personnel..

The project is also of significant symbolic importance. It continues the work initiated by Sybiracy during the war and offers an opportunity to finish their project. When the ward is completed, the Centre name will be changed into the Koja Sybiraki Health Centre.

The project will provide direct support for the following groups, who benefit from the assistance of the Mpunge Health Centre: Ten thousand children (many of them  are HIV-infected and suffer from malaria or malnutrition), 30,000 men and women, including 600 mothers, and medical personnel and Village Health Teams, which will be able to help patients in a more effective manner and in better conditions.

For the purposes of calculation, the following exchange rate was applied: USD 1 = PLN 4.1749

Koja Sybiraki Health Centre

The project was implemented from 1 August to 15 December 2016. The primary objective was achieved - the construction of the Koja Sybiraki Health Centre. As a result, the quality of medical care in the Mpunge subcounty will increase. In particular, the Centre will contribute to the decrease of mortality rates among mothers and infants and enable the treatment of people who would have been referred to the hospital located 30 km away, especially patients suffering from AIDS.

The project also involved finishing the construction of the building, which has existed as a building shell for several years. The ceiling, porches and passageways were built, doors and windows were inserted, and the building was plastered and painted. The equipment and furniture were purchased, including beds, sheets, a wheelchair, stretchers and IV stands.

The entire value of the project amounted to EUR 32,231, where EUR 29,496 was covered by the Polish Aid.