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On November 15th 2015, the 8th edition of the Hope Ward Run was held at the Kololo airstrip. The run attracted over 500 registrations (individuals and companies) and is one of the key fundraising initiatives for Hope Ward. The Hope Ward initiative started in 2006 with the aim of providing complex treatment or surgery for individuals who are not able to afford this. Since the initiative began, over 1000 individuals, both adults and children have benefitted from this.
Currently, all proceeds from the run go towards complex surgery and ICU follow-up of newborns with birth anomalies. IHK offers some of the most advanced neonatal ICU facilities in the country. In March 2015, 2 newborns were referred from Mulago with oesophageal atresia, both unable to breastfeed without risk of developing serious complications. Both had successful surgery at the time and have gone on to lead normal lives.
Last year’s run raised just over Ugx 20m. On 8th March 2016, baby Chantal was referred to IHK by Dr Sekabira, paediatiric surgeon Mulago. She was born on 6th March with a couple of anomalies, oesophageal atresia and imperforate anus. She had surgery on 9th March, was discharged from ICU on 13th March and subsequently discharged back home on 18th March. Chantal will require further surgery in a few months for the imperforate anus but is no longer battling life threatening illness.
The medical team was led by Drs Michael Muhame (paediatric intensivist - IHK) and Yaser Abdallah (Neonatologist – IHK ) and Dr Sekabira .
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