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Leprosy patient (05.09.2006)
This old man is one of the leprosy patients, who live in the hospital. Most of the time he is just sitting in front of the hospital kitchen, which is placed directly in front of the Nutrition Unit and this why we see him nearly every day. Sometimes he comes to our Ward to bring some eggs, which he colleced somewhere. He then tries to sell them or he comes and asks for soap, sugar or clothes.
This wonderful landscape is located at a distance of about 1 hour drive in a car
from the capital Kampala. Once in a year all GMMT members who are currently in Uganda
are coming together to have a "field-
This is one of the kids who didn´t make it. Okello came to us when he was one month
old. The mother was mentally ill and had been pregnanted by an unkown person. The
grandma tried to take care of the child right after birth, but he lost more and more
weight. When she came to us to request for help he weighed only 2 kg while he had
weighed 3 kg at birth. In addition to this he was suffering from severe diarrhoea.
Since special infant feeding formulas are extremly expensive, we improvised and created
a special infant formula based on yoghurt in order to reduce the lactose and to stop
the diarrhoea. And indeed: after some days the diarrhoea stopped and we started hoping
that he would make it -
Osilo at time of admission (05.09.2006)
This boy I brought from one outreach. At the first glance you may think that he looks
quite well nourished, but if you press your thumb on his feet or legs you will notice
massive oedema. Very typical is also the swollen face, the miserable appearance and
Osilos oedema (05.09.2006)
If you want to prove that someone has oedema, you have to press your thumb for 3 seconds on the back of his or her foot. If you can see a dent which slowly disappeares at the place where the thumb has been, the patient has oedema. This picture showes the feeet of Osilo and the dent is clearly visible.
Eating spaghetti without cutlery (05.09.2006)
Always when we have a meeting for the Nutrition Unit staff, we eat something together before we start. Last time we prepared Spaghetti and since we have no cutlery in the Nutrition Unit, we had to eat it with our hands! It was really funny and a challange for our clothes... .
Tina and Acam (05.09.2006)
This little girl is admitted in the Nutrition Unit now already for the second time.
After her discharge, we went to see her on a follow-
This is the way it looks like when we have a wardround in the Nutrition Unit. 3 times
a week the doctor is supposed to come and see our kids -
Flying ants (05.09.2006)
Would you like to have a taste? This are roasted flying ants. During my first year I couldn´t overcome myself to eat them, but this time I did: 4 of them I ate! But it tasted not really as delicious as local people say, a bit like soil...
Apio at time of admission (05.09.2006)
This is a little twin girl. She came to us with 2 years of age and a weight of 5 kg. In addition to this she was suffering from various infections such as tuberculosis and malaria. She was not able to walk inspite of her age and she just looked like "skin and bones". Her mother had died after giving birth and the father told us, that all the relatives are blaming him for not taking proper care of the twins. But he assured us again and again that he had done his best. It´s hard to say who is right and who not... at least both of the twins were in a lifethreatening condition when they finally came to us.
Apio after rehabilitation (05.09.2006)
Only 2 months later both children were able to go home looking quite healthy. Apio had reached her target weight and was even able to walk while holding to a hand. Rose, our social worker, had long talks with the father and his family and finally they decided to give the twins to the grandma while the father should be responsible to bring money or food for them. One month later we visited them at home and we were so happy to see them in a very good condition.
This blind man comes to the Nutrition Unit nearly every week and asks for money. He is making doormats and sells them. But why should I buy one doormat per week?! And just giving money for nothing is also a problem because it will attract more and more beggars. But how to explain it to this poor man? Sometimes he sits for hours in our teaching room relying on the hospitality which forbids to throw someone out. So he will have a tea with us and remains until we go home. Tina brought for him a harmonica from Germany, which he plays now all the time.
Bicycle amulance (05.09.2006)
This kind of amulance I saw for the first time when I went for an outreach deep in the bush. Most health centres don´t have any car available and also transport in a car is very expensive, therefore people just attach this amulance to their bicycle (or a borrowed bicycle) and put the patient in it. Then it goes for hours over rough and smooth until they reach the health centre or the next hospital.
Groundnuts are very common in this area here around Kumi. Right now it is time for harvest. Everywhere you can see people plucking out these roots. Then the nuts are removed and dried in the sun. Very similar to our potatoe harvest. The good thing is, that groundnuts are very nutritious: they contain not only lots of energy, but also protein and on top of that they are easy to store. And since most people here are cultivating groundnuts, it is an ideal food for our children. There are endless possibilities to prepare them: sweet, salty, boiled, fried, roasted, fresh or dried, as a paste on bread or in a sauce for vegetables, meat or fish. Everyday groundnuts, but everyday something different!
Being a white person here means always to be somethings special. In the beginning
most children are very much scared when they see me, but once they get used to me,
it is difficult to get "rid" of them again. Over the last weeks we had some older
and very active kids in the Nutrition Unit. Sometimes it was nearly impossible to
go a single step without being followed by them. One of the boys, called Okitoi,
was suffering from a terrible fungal infection on his front head. He was staying
by his step-
Eating habits and names (05.09.2006)
This is how it looks like when our mothers and children are having lunch in the Nutrition
Unit: They sit on the ground with the child on the lap, then hands are washed before
they start eating. On the plate in front you can see the typical food here: the white
thing is Posho which is made out of maize flour and water and the reddish-
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Pictures from Uganda (September 2006)