The Bigogwe Project
The Rotary Club of Newcastle upon Tyne supported a rural Health Centre in North-West Rwanda by providing an ultrasound scanner for the maternity department
THE BIGOGWE PROJECT
Following an after-lunch talk to our Club by Dr James Derrick about the on-going work of the Bigogwe Health Centre in North-West Rwanda, the Project Committee agree to raise funds to enable the purchase of an ultrasound scanner for use in the maternity department of the Health Centre.
Though the Government provides salaries and some equipment, it will not pay for improvements to Infrastructure or new buildings. Much of the work has had to be funded by charities, including the Bigogwe Trust which , apart from funding the initial rehabilitation of the buildings, has also provided living quarters for nurses and their helpers; equipment for the operating theatre, housing for two doctors; septic tanks for drainage; provision of water throughout the site and help with transport expenses .
With the assistance of personal donations from several member of our Club, grants from Project Committee funds and a grant of £650 from Rotary Foundation, through the District Simplified Grant Scheme, the Rotary Club of Newcastle upon Tyne was able to provide over £2,000 to the Bigogwe Trust, which was sufficient to enable a portable ultrasonic scanner to be provided for use in the maternity department. This was sourced and purchase by Dr Derrick, taken out by him in his personal luggage when he visited the Health Centre in March 2011 and is now in regular use there. James said, "I am extremely grateful to members of the Rotary Club of Newcastle upon Tyne for their very generous gift towards an obstetric scanner for Bigogwe Health Centre. This will greatly increase the efficiency of the new Caesarean Section Unit and at the same time improve the safety of both mother and baby."