Kiboga General Hospital in Rural Uganda Reaches More Patients With Improved Diagnostics and Treatment Thanks to LEPP Donations of Medical Equipment
Kiboga General Hospital is located approximately 100 miles from the capital of Uganda, Kampala. The hospital serves six surrounding districts and provides free and subsidized surgical, imaging, immunization, maternity and family planning services. With 210 bed-capacity, the hospital is severely underfunded and overcrowded and is operating with outdated equipment. For instance, there are no x-ray machines in the surrounding three districts, and Kiboga General Hospital bears the burden of providing this much needed diagnostic service.
To improve the diagnosis and treatment of prevalent chronic, communicable and non-communicable diseases (hepatitis B, HIV, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease), Kiboga General Hospital needed to obtain diagnostic equipment for its laboratory and hospital beds to increase its patient intake. To address this challenge laboratory equipment, hospital beds, surgical, and other medical supplies and consumables were
transferred to the hospital through LEPP partner organization World Help. Today, as a result of these donations, the hospital is able to provide life-saving services to nearly 50,000 people who rely on the hospital as the only health care provider in the surrounding area.
One patient who benefited from these LEPP donations was Ruth (pictured above). Ruth was having trouble seeing and hearing. Due to the lack of diagnostic medical equipment, doctors at the hospital were unable to provide her with treatment. The only option for the hospital was to send Ruth to an urban medical facility 100 miles away in Kampala. But that journey was too taxing for Ruth, both physically and financially. However, thanks to the recent medical equipment donations through LEPP and World Help, Ruth was able to come back to Kiboga General Hospital and receive treatment to correct her vision, hearing, and recover in familiar surroundings close to home.
This is just one example of how donations of medical equipment and consumables from the American people save lives and contribute to the development of rural health systems in developing nations.
About LEPP – Transferring Physical Capital to Aid U.S. Emergency and Development Programs Overseas
Vysnova partners with USAID’s Limited Excess Property Program (LEPP); an innovative and cost-effective program that transfers millions of dollars worth of federal surplus property to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and USAID Missions to supplement their development and humanitarian projects overseas. LEPP is yet another example of Vysnova’s strategic focus of cultivating partnerships that support sustainable, locally-driven development endeavors.
In FY 2019, LEPP successfully transferred over 43 million dollars worth of surplus property to 18 developing nations. Partner organizations that are faith-based accounted for approximately 50% of the federal surplus property transfers in the fiscal year. LEPP has already transferred 13.7 million dollars worth of surplus property just in the first four months of FY 2020.
These LEPP donations included medical supplies such as ultrasounds, infant incubators, hospital beds, ophthalmology, laboratory and dental equipment, autoclaves, generators, laptops, computers, and school furniture. Physical capital donations to Latin America and the Caribbean were transferred to Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Peru. Transfers to Asia were made to Nepal, Pakistan, and the Philippines; while transfers to Eastern Europe benefited underserved populations in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova, and Ukraine. The majority of property transfers to Africa were made to Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.