Everyone at Suubi Community Health Clinic was very excited when a recently formed connection with Kyabram Health Services was formalised by the Kyabram hospital board.
Initial communication between interested staff from Kyabram Hospital and the Suubi medical team began during November. It is hoped that this relationship will develop to a point where staff from each medical facility will be able to learn from one another, while still on opposite sides of the world. Over time, we hope medical staff from Kyabram and district will make the life changing trip to Uganda to spend time volunteering at the Suubi Clinic.
Justin Sullivan and Loretta Lilford from Kyabram (top) have been communicating with Jjuuko Richard, Namwange Florence and Niwamanya Elias (below) from Suubi Clinic.
Another compelling component of the new connection is that medical supplies and equipment, that are no longer required at Kyabram Health Services, are being collected and sent to Suubi Clinic. What is often regarded as no longer useful, or past its use by date in Australia, is greatfully appreciated and can be put to good use in Uganda.
The first quantity of supplies was recently packed to be sent with a group of volunteers making the trip to Suubi Clinic early next year. Everything had to be carefully weighed to make sure it would fit in their luggage.
We feel very sure this connection will continue to develop in ways that we have not dared to imagine in the past. The Ugandan and Australian medical fraternity will undoubtedly grow and learn from this wonderful new link for many years to come.