25:35 Feeding Project
‘When I was hungry you gave me something to eat,
when I was thirsty you gave me something to drink…’
It is customary in Uganda for patients to bring an attendant with them to hospital, to provide them with food, water and comfort. This is usually a family member. However as we found when working in Gulu in Northern Uganda for some patients this simply isn’t possible.
Whilst the hospital aims to provide some basic food for such patients, the reality is there often is not enough and it doesn’t contain the nourishment patients need to recover.
Without help there is a severe risk of hunger and thirst and even premature death.
In 2016 NRO started up a feeding project to help the hospital tackle this problem. We employed Harriet, a local Ugandan woman, to work with the hospital staff to identify patients at risk. Harriet provides these patients with a hot nutritious meal, fruit and water to drink each day and the comfort of knowing someone is taking care of them and is listening to their worries.