Special Appeal: tackling the acute shortage of PPE in Kenya and Uganda and securing the safety of our staff, volunteers and the vulnerable people we care for.
Mildmay UK is taking action to address the chronic shortage of PPE in East Africa by raising funds to secure our own supplies to ship directly to our sister charities in Kenya and Uganda.
We are asking for your donations to help us purchase gloves, masks and protective coverings to ship to our teams in Mildmay Kenya and Mildmay Uganda, so they can minimise the risks of COVID infection and safely continue their work with the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach people living with and affected by HIV and other related health issues.
In 2020, Mildmay Mission Hospital in the UK was faced with severe shortages of PPE in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, putting our staff and patients at extreme risk.
You helped our UK hospital keep going during the height of the pandemic, now we want to do the same for our teams in Africa
We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the British public; the networks of volunteers around the UK who worked tirelessly to make us gowns and scrubs in their living rooms and kitchens, and those individuals and groups who sourced supplies of equipment to send to us, so our staff could continue the work of the hospital. Although the shortages of PPE in the UK have declined, the story isn't the same in other parts of the world.
Right across Africa, shortages continue to leave doctors, nurses and other frontline workers (including our volunteers) dangerously ill-equipped, due to ongoing limited access to supplies such as gloves, medical masks, respirators, goggles, face shields, gowns, and aprons.
Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, prices have surged. Surgical masks have seen a sixfold increase, N95 respirators have trebled, and gowns have doubled. Supplies can take months to deliver and market manipulation is widespread, with stocks frequently sold to the highest bidder.
Our healthcare workers rely on PPE to protect themselves and their patients from being infected and from infecting others. Current evidence suggests that people living with HIV have a higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. People living with HIV who are not on treatment or virally suppressed may be at an even greater risk.
Mildmay Kenya has teams of over 300 volunteers working on the frontline of some of the most and hard to reach rural communities.
Mildmay Uganda is in its final year of implementing the 5-year CDC-supported Accelerating Epidemic Control Project in the Mubende Region. The primary objective of this project is to accelerate HIV/AIDS epidemic control and attain the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals.