Our International Project  2010-2011


Purchase a mobile X-Ray Machine for the

St. Raphael of St. Francis Hospital Nsambya, Kampala. Uganda.

Our Nsambya Hospital Project has two objectives:-

1) To purchase a mobile x-ray machine

2) To provide funds to start a Public Health Campaign.

Total cost of the project is $44,500. The money will be provided by:- $4,500 Rotary Club of Eastbourne, $4,500 Rotary Club of Kololo, $8,000 Rotary District 1120 (SE, England) and $20,500 Rotary Foundation.

The wards and buildings are well spaced out in the extensive grounds of the Nsambya Hospital,  a main (tertiary), 361 bed Hospital founded in 1905 in Kampala, Uganda, but many of the buildings are 50 years old or more. Gardens of plants and trees provide protection from the tropical sun, although being at 3.900 ft above sea level, Kampala’s temperature rarely exceeds 30 Deg C or falls below 17 Deg C at night.


The gardens provided a wonderful ambiance, but the pathways between the wards are long and very un-even being made of pan-tiles that have sunk and twisted making the transport of patients on trolleys across the grounds a very jolting process, each trolley requiring two nurses to manage.

Chest and respiratory diseases are a major problem for the local population, principally caused by HIV/Aids and tuberculosis – but, because of the jolting ride in a trolley across the grounds – it is very difficult to get weak patients to the Hospital’s fixed, 25 year old, X-Ray machine to help in the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases

Being in a tropical location - Kampala has two rainy season – August to December and February to June, with a total rainfall of almost 50 inches per year (Eastbourne’s rainfall is about 32 inches per year). The heavy thundery rain just adds further suffering to the patients on their, already, uncomfortable ride across the hospital.

The wards are cramped and, although, the individual beds are curtained off, there is only space for one person to stand on one side of a bed. Relatives still stay overnight with patients, this saves on nursing care - they sleep under the patient’s bed at night.

All this adds up for the need to have a New Digital Mobile X-ray machine that is small enough to be pushed between wards and agile enough to be able to manoeuvre into tight areas.

The X-Ray Machine chosen for the project is the Philips Pratix 160 whose specification meets all the

requirements of the hospital:-


The Practix 160 is a mobile x-ray unit particularly suitable for routine work, including thorax examinations in the cramped conditions of the wards.

The machines lightweight construction, short wheelbase and manoeuvrable rear wheels make it ideal for the work, it can be positioned without difficulty between the narrow roads beds, due to its side travel capability. The x-ray tube assembly can easily be positioned to allow projections to be made to all parts of the body.

2) Our project also includes the funding of $2000 to start a public health campaign which will promote public awareness on how to avoid diseases. This campaign will be supported by printed leaflets and brochures which will be distributed by Rotaract club members, community leaders, medical personnel and primary schools.

If the pilot project is successful and the hospital wishes to continue with the scheme it will have to raise more money locally.

 From Left: Rotaractor, PP Chris Smith PHF (Eastbourne), Paul Bogere (President Elect Kololo), David  Nyende (IPP Kololo), Ruth Wanyana (President Kololo Rotaract Club) - Then others Members of the Kololo Rotaract Club

Kampala is situated on the Northern shore of Lake Victoria in Central Africa - in 2011 it had population of about 1,659,60  (estimated).

Here are a some views of the town

The Nsambya Hospital is owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala. It is accredited by the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau and is operated by the Little Sisters of St. Francis

As well as the service mentioned above, the Hospital offers specialist services in surgery, internal medicine, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology: in all of these subjects graduates of any of Uganda's four medical schools can serve a one year internship at the Hospital. The Hospital also maintains a teaching programme.

Italian aid has permitted the construction of a two story outpatients building - with a ramp to the second floor (a lift could get stuck) - which will be opened up in January 2012. This building will be much welcomed by the patients who currently wait on chairs in the open with only corrugated roofing to protect them from the sun and rain.

To aid its work the hospital has a new CT scanner, generously provided by St. Raffaele, Milano. The

Hospital also has a mammography x-ray machine and can also provide Ultra Sound Scan, Fluoroscopy, Echo cardiography and in interventional radiological services.