In Ethiopia, people in remote regions may walk 150 kilometres to their nearest hospital. Local clinics also exist in some areas, but they are often too poorly equipped, and too run down, to give reliable care.

Meanwhile, in the UK, many health facilities are routinely upgraded as medical establishments reach for new technologies or replace equipment as a matter of course. As a rule, the superseded equipment has been kept operational and, if properly checked, can bring significant help to people in need, even if not the latest model available on the UK medical scene.  When, therefore, Global Hand received an offer with a wide range of medical items, we were delighted to see them go to a partner group with expertise to check them out and see them meet medical need in Ethiopia.

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Community Development

In this town in Central Uganda, people struggle for the basic necessities of daily life: clean water, good sanitation, shelter and even food. Access to basic health is limited and poor health services have resulted in preventable illnesses becoming severe.

Uganda_237.7% of Uganda’s population lives below the international poverty line of US$1.25 per day. Orphans and vulnerable children may find it impossible to break free from the poverty cycle without the kind of intervention that our partners are giving.

 

 

 

Many of the townsfolk engage in subsistence farming, others are market vendors, some are motorcyclist drivers. Everyone finds it difficult to make ends meet. Crossroads is shipping to an NGO that is deeply engaged in community development programmes in this town and broader region, including a primary and secondary school, programmes to reduce HIV/AIDS, poultry farming assistance, financial assistance for complex health care, water projects and supporting the reduction in child abuse.

Shipment includes:

  • Medical equipment to support the local health clinic
  • Books, stationery and basic school supplies
  • School furniture and toys
  • Office furniture for local administration

Potential Impact:

  • Improved facilities to support 800 families in reducing HIV/AIDS
  • 130 vulnerable women and youth to be assisted with the poultry farming project
  • School fees for 450 students to attend primary, secondary and vocational education

Uganda_1Unlike most 18 year old boys, Samuel was unable to enjoy the freedom of being young, fit and able. Samuel could do very little on his own. Daily life was a struggle, let alone making his way to school for study. A complicated heart problem caused Samuel to live a very limited and dependent lifestyle. In his town, near Kampala, Samuel did not have access to health care to treat his heart correctly.

Thankfully, staff from our partner NGO met him. They were able to raise enough support to send Samuel to India for a life-saving heart operation. Today, Samuel attends secondary school without any trouble. Both teachers and staff at our partner organisation are impressed to see Samuel not just get by but excel in all areas.

 

This shipment will provide medical equipment and goods to improve the life of children like Samuel.

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Uganda Snapshot

Population: 37.58 million
Capital: Kampala

Uganda is a fertile, land-locked country in East Africa, in the Africa Great Lakes region, with a tropical climate.

Great progress has been made in fighting HIV in Uganda, but 1.5 million people still live with the disease, and there are 1 million children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

39% of girls are married by the age of 18. 37.7% of people in Uganda live below the international poverty line of US$1.25/day.

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Education and medical care

Somalia is ranked 161 out 163 in the list of poorest countries in the world. The war, already raging for 20 years, has fuelled a huge stream of approximately one million refugees living both in Somalia and in neighbouring nations. Many fled to countries in Europe, America and Asia. The remaining 10 million are left with huge challenges. 3 million people face drought and shortages of water, food, clothing, education, medicines and much more every day. Crossroads partner NGO, already working in the area since 1992, tries to be a beacon of hope in the midst of despair.

Potential impact:

  • Crossroads’ shipment will help save the lives of vulnerable people who are in desperate needs for proper medical services.
  • The shipment will contribute in giving education to a generation of children who have lived in a war environment for their whole lives.

Shipment includes:

  • Medical equipment
  • Computers, school tables, desks and benches
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Students at school helped by Crossroads’ partners.

“We are deeply thankful for this nice and well equipped school at our village” says Mr Ahmed.

A53Mr Ahmed’s children can now go to school, thanks to the work of our partners. “Eight of my children, 5 daughters and 2 sons along with other children from the village are currently benefiting from this school, studying Basic Primary Education Subjects. They can now write and read, getting rid of the ignorance they were living in. It is doubtless that we, the parents are pleased with the good performance of our children at the school. Without this noble assistance, they would have lived in a dark world forever”.

 

Crossroads shipment will help children like Mr Ahmed’s go to school.

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Somalia Snapshot

Population: around 10 million
Capital: Mogadishu

Population living on less than US$2 per day: 73%; 43% is living on less than US$1 per day

Life expectancy in Somalia is 54.7 years

Less than 20% of the children in Somalia have attended primary school. For girls, the number is 15%.

Most of Somalia`s factory`s have been destroyed during the war. Unemployment is estimated to be over 50%

Gender-based violence and discrimination against Somali women is widespread.

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Healthcare

A33Albania is the 4th poorest country in Europe. The Dibra region is among the poorest regions of Albania. People living in Dibra, Northern Albania, are the ones left behind. Here, unemployment is high, people are migrating in search of jobs and healthcare is scarce. “Pediatricians say it is difficult for them to provide the right diagnosis because they can’t do the right examination. They said that they only have stethoscope and their knowledge and that’s all.”

 “Even in the main hospital you can’t find equipment,” wrote Crossroads’ partners.

Crossroads’ is shipping to an NGO partner in this region who has been working on improving health care here since 1993. It’s a huge task in a region where doctors struggle to diagnose and treat patients, because they lack instruments and equipment.

Potential impact:

  • This medical equipment will allow the doctors and other medical staff at the local hospital to provide much better care for the people of this area.
  • This will make a great difference in the lives of the many who must go without medical care, or who are misdiagnosed due to a lack of medical equipment.

Shipment includes:

  • Medical devices, mainly for standard hospital use.

Economic needs in Dibra

A31Dibra is one of the poorest areas in the Albania. Incomes are so low for families that most of them are only surviving. Emigration is sometimes a solution, but this creates its own difficulties for the family or even for the community. Agriculture is one of the remaining sources of income, but farmers often can’t sell their produce (because of the geographical location, road infrastructure, etc). Many families receive social assistance, but say the amount must stretch so far that even a sack of flour is too much to afford.

Crossroads’ shipment will help traveling doctors treat people in places with no clinics, or with hospitals struggling with broken, decades-old equipment.

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Albania Snapshot

Population: 3 million
Capital: Tirana

Population living of less than US$2 per day: around 25%

Almost half of the poor people in Albania are under 21 years of age

in the north-eastern districts of Kukes and Dibra, 80 per cent of families’ income comes from social protection schemes, economic assistance and disability payments.

Because of undeveloped infrastructure, many small-scale farmers lack access to market outlets for their produce, particularly in mountainous areas like Dibra.

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For a person living with AIDS in rural Uganda, death hovers many months before they actually die. Anti-retroviral drugs are available in some areas, but this does not help those who are too poor to pay for treatment, or who live too far from a clinic.

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As AIDS-related illnesses like tuberculosis, parasitic infections and cancers attack the body, the person grows weaker and thinner, over the course of months, eventually confined to bed where family members must care for them until they die.

The disease leaves thousands of orphans, which in turns creates strain on the elderly, who are often left in charge of a houseful of children with no parents, and no way to earn a steady income.

One NGO in Eastern Uganda who serves hundreds of HIV-affected people annually asked Crossroads for help with goods that could support their programmes and bring relief to those suffering so much. After receiving the container, they reported the impact with joy.

Medical equipment donated from Hong Kong has now been installed in the local health centres. “We can now offer inpatient services where clients are hospitalized on proper hospital beds, and give better handling of critical patients with the provided trolleys. We also can provide diabetes and blood pressure tests,” they said. “As a result of this donation we have been able to upgrade our services and are now seeing a number of people flocking to the centre for medical services.”

200 children from 6 different villages who were struggling to stay in school and whose homes are headed by widows or elderly people received toys, clothes and school books. Many had never owned a toy before.

Children who had previously been writing on the ground because they had no exercise books excitedly received exercise books and stationery.

A job creation scheme for women benefited from the container too: Crossroads sent cooking utensils and crockery which a group of women will use in a small catering business, generating income for them to be able to keep their children in school. They also used some of the clothing from Crossroads as uniforms for their catering business (above left).

Uganda_group_of_girls

The stories go on and on. Almost every part of the community was touched by the goods, given by so many generous Hong Kong donors, and will now experience real change.

Do you want to be part of an overseas shipment? Crossroads is seeking sponsors for containers bound for nations around the world where exciting projects are taking place. Email engagement@crossroads.org.hk to see how you can get involved!

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Uganda Snapshot

Population: 37.58 million
Capital: Kampala

Uganda is a fertile, land-locked country in East Africa, in the Africa Great Lakes region, with a tropical climate.

Great progress has been made in fighting HIV in Uganda, but 1.5 million people still live with the disease, and there are 1 million children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

39% of girls are married by the age of 18. 37.7% of people in Uganda live below the international poverty line of US$1.25/day.

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