Projects delivered by Dublin Fingal Rotary to people in need around the World.
Nurture Africa’s founder and CEO Brian Iredale came to Uganda in 1997 after a 3000 mile solo cycle through east and southern Africa. He is a paediatric nurse by profession and is married to a Ugandan lady Nakawunde Annet. Brian is from the area of Dublin Fingal Rotary club and has our support as well as the backing of Nansana Rotary club in Uganda; Wakiso District.
Nurture Africa operated two ‘best practice’ specialist pediatric HIV and primary health centers, hosted in temporary facilities. It also ran programme of bringing Irish volunteers, many of them doctors and nurses, on short-term visits to Uganda, to provide services and help to buid local capacity through training.
Key activities of Nurture Africa are:-
- Delivering anti-retroviral treatment to affected children and their guardians, thus reducing the 5 year mortality rate from 80% to less than 5%
- Testing 8,000 children annually to make early diagnosis of HIV and other major diseases
- Providing preventative and primary health care for 10,000 of the most vulnerable children with dangerous diseases such as malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea per year
- Delivering education programmes to adults and children to prevent the spread of AIDS.
- Providing microfinance loans to the affected families to start small agricultural businesses
Dublin Fingal Rotary made a major contribution to the construction and fit-out of Nurtue Africa's first standalone clinic, with Brian Fitzsimons visiting the site to provide engineering support, and the club raising funds, topped up by a grant from the Rotary Foundation, to fund laboratory and medical equipment.