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close this bookSafe Blood in Developing Countries - The Lessons from Uganda (EC, 1995, 151 p.)
close this folderSection One - Introduction and summary
close this folderChapter One - Safe blood and HIV/AIDS: The Uganda achievement
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentThe tragedy of the haemophiliacs
View the documentInfections carried by blood
View the documentThe unique features of Africa
View the documentThe global blood safety initiative
View the documentThe Uganda blood transfusion service: A portrait
View the documentThe wider contribution of the UBTS
View the documentThe view from an up-country hospital
View the documentThe matter of costs
View the documentThe dynamics of the project
View the documentA complex organisation
View the documentA view from Mulago hospital, Kampala
View the documentFour questions about AID
View the documentThe first visit for the EC
View the documentDr John Watson-Williams enters the scene

The view from an up-country hospital

- communication from Dr. Richard Montgomery, medical superintendent, Kiwoko Hospital

'As medical superintendent of this new 110 bed rural hospital, I have appreciated greatly the excellent and efficient facility of the UBTS. The hospital began as a clinic with one of the original priorities being to treat children with malaria, especially those needing transfusion. We now find we perform up to 100 transfusions in a month. It is professionally so rewarding to see a baby two days after his transfusion smiling and eating a piece of maize, knowing that when he was admitted he was hours away from death.

'How does one select stories from so many to illustrate the blessing of a safe transfusion to our patients? Mama Kyesu spent long hours recovering from a complicated hysterectomy but finally turned the corner after receiving some blood. Joyce was badly burnt in a grass fire and spent many weeks with us having grafts and dressings. Her total deafness perhaps meant she couldn't hear shouted warnings to avoid the flames. Blood was a most necessary factor in her recovery. The 7 year old boy whose blood would not clot as it leaked continuously from his gums needed more than one transfusion to allow his body to overcome the crisis and build up stronger platelets. And there are countless others.'