If you have enjoyed reading about
Bugando Medical Centre, we hope you have also
noticed that there are many needs that still remain.
In an effort to serve a very large catchments area,
the resources of the hospital are sorely stretched.
We are reaching out to our friends to help us insure
that good, modern medical care is available to those
we serve. In addition to the medical supplies and
services, the institution needs office items that
will make it easier to teach and to administer the
business of the hospital. If you can help us, we
will be very grateful. Please contact
1. Diabetic/Insulin need:
BMC has over 7,000 diabetic patients registered
since the program began in 1974. Over 2,000 patients
attended clinic in 2006 with half of these needing
inject able insulin. We have a vibrant diabetic
clinical program which includes care, insulin and
teaching by our staff.
The major problems that our patients face is lack of
transport fees to be able to come to Bugando. Some
travel from Ukerewe Island and need to come by boat.
Others just do not have the money to buy the Insulin
The most serious sub group in need of care is the 25
patients under 18 years of age who are insulin
dependent. They need help with their costs for the
insulin/syringes and transport for their check ups.
Can you help?
3 vials of insulin monthly for 12 months at $3.00
per vial = $108.00 per year
Transport: $10 per trip every three months= $40.00
2. Mental Health Needs:
Bugando has a special unit for patients who suffer
from psychiatric issues. After spending time here in
treatment, the patient needs to return home to
family. Travel costs are often hard to find as these
patients were often so sick that family could not
leave money with them for the trip home. We help
patients return to their families.
We also like to provide soap for these patients to
help keep them clean. When one has psychiatric
issues in their lives, cleanliness is often not
their priority. Help our staff to help them maintain
Soap: 4 boxes per month for 12 months at $10.00 per
box = $480.00
Transport home: $15.00 per patient for 5 patients a
month for 12 months = $900.00 per year
3. Digital Projector/Laptop for teaching:
It is very important for our young doctors and
nurses to be able to professionally present their
specialties at conference and teaching sessions.
More and more of our departments are able to use
PowerPoint presentation within Bugando and at
outside conferences. The hospital has one projector
/laptop for use and needs another to fit the demand.
Digital Projector: $2,800.00 (bought locally here so
that we use the correct electrical currents –we are
Laptop for PowerPoint presentations: $1,800.00
There is a great demand for teaching
materials/handouts for our staff and students when
we do teaching. Right now the thing we lack is
access to a machine in working condition.
5. Digital camera: $350.
6. Recording Devices: $100.