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Boozy the goat

Today was marked by a very auspicious event, we became the owners of a goat! Culturally this is one of the highest honours that can be bestowed upon a person, so it was very special indeed. Boozy was given to us by the mother of a child who we met two years ago in very…

Confessions of a rookie qualitative researcher

Friday marked the start of my new career as a qualitative researcher, collecting data for my Master’s dissertation. Many challenges to be overcome, not least the added issue of needing to use a translator whilst attempting to overcome the natural shyness and reticence of the Bakiga women. However you can’t help but fall head over…

A new day …

We are experimenting with running a blog on this website. Helen Smith will be writing occasional entries while she is in Kisiizi. Here is the first offering. Sitting listening to the dawn chorus as I write I can’t help wondering how the new day feels for some of our patients. Each day comes with a…

Preparing matoke

Surviving on a shoestring

  Guderia was deserted by her husband last year. Left to fend for her five children without even a house to live in, she was given a tiny patch of land. The plot is too small to grow enough food to sustain the family but she was able to build a little mud hut to…

The front of the building taken from the entrance to medical ward

Mothers’ Waiting Home update

Kisiizi mothers’ waiting home, funded by donations to Kisiizi Partners, is well on the way to completion. When open it will house up to 24 high-risk mothers towards the end of pregnancy, enabling then to wait for labour in safety on the hospital site. Mothers’ waiting homes have a successful track record of improving both…

Lorry crash victim

Just a minute…

That was all it took to change Evas’ life… one minute she was speaking with the other fifty or so people travelling on the back of a lorry to attend a funeral, the next she was lying dazed on the ground with pain in her chest and leg and great trouble breathing. The lorry had…