for high-quality health care.
Founded in 1969, Aber Hospital (Pope John's Hospital Aber) was established by the Comboni Missionary sisters. It is owned and governed by the registered trustees of Lira Diocese. The hospital's mission is to provide quality health care to those in need, fighting disease and poverty for every sick person regardless of his or her ethnic origin, social status, religion, or political affiliation. The hospital gives the most vulnerable people access to health care, including children and those affected by chronic diseases. Caregivers take an integrated and sustainable approach to health care, supporting treatment, prevention, and training of other health workers.
Aber Hospital offers both clinical and community-based services. Clinical services are provided through four inpatient departments: Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Surgery. The hospital also has an outpatient department with an AIDS clinic.
A fervent goal of the hospital would the addition of a Triage Unit for intake and stabilization before patients are moved to Aber wards. The unit would enable the hospital to function better and to continue its mission to bring quality health care to those in Uganda who need it most.
- 9% of Oyam adults (approximately 30,000) and 6% of pregnant women suffer from HIV/AIDS (source: District Planning Unit 2008/2009 Report). Without care, those affected by HIV will die in three to five years.
- More than half of the patients admitted to Aber Hospital are HIV positive, and most have active cases of AIDS. Hospital caregivers see about 500 patients per day in the outpatient department, 300 of those in the hospital's AIDS clinic.
- Most of the HIV/AIDS patients come to the hospital with chest infections, predominantly tuberculosis (TB).
- Lack of sufficient modern medical equipment in its Radiology Building
Prompt laboratory and radiological diagnoses would enable HIV/AIDS patients to receive highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), as well as treatment for opportunistic infections—two forms of care that would enhance and prolong lives.
Today, Aber Hospital is equipped with only two microscopes and a centrifuge, making it extremely difficult to perform even the most basic tests. Patients must travel to laboratories 100 kilometers away just to have liver or kidney tests. Although the hospital does its best to provide care using its meager resources, it has become increasingly impossible to diagnose patients because of the lack of or poor condition of laboratory equipment. The hospital's only X-ray machine, purchased 40 years ago, repeatedly breaks down, blocking the staff's ability to provide care.
Fortunately, MANU (Medical Aid to Northern Uganda) provided funding to build a recently completed Radiology Building. Equipping the building is now a MANU priority.To meet the medical needs of the community, Aber now requires:
- A modern X-ray machine.
- An ultrasound machine.
- A clinical laboratory that can conduct chemistry, cytology, and microbiology tests.
- Testing capability for HIV antibody tests.
- Sputum microscopy & other standard laboratory tests required for patient follow-up.