Fill the container
We set up the charity Ethiopia Medical Project (EMP) in 2013 after visiting a tiny clinic in rural Ethiopia. We’d planned a short volunteering trip; however, when we saw the conditions, we were compelled to make a real difference in the long term.
The clinic was inundated by people disabled by a type of elephantiasis called podoconiosis and women suffering with uterine prolapse and struggling to cope without enough funding for food or medical resources. Both these widespread conditions carry a social stigma, with sufferers reporting being ostracized from their families and communities. Yet both conditions can be treated, and in many cases reversed, with some simple treatments.
In the last decade, supported by donations from EMP, the medical team has been able to treat thousands of patients, allowing them to return to their families and lives free from pain and suffering.
Life is particularly tough in Ethiopia just now. They are dealing with the pandemic, an ongoing civil war, plagues of locusts devastating their crops and increasing numbers of attacks by hyenas on children. Like so many other charities, the pandemic affected our fundraising activities, but we have had a little miracle. Due to the kindness and tenacity of two Scottish businesses, we will be sending a shipping container all the way to the gates of the Health Centre in Buccama.
The shipping container leaves Glasgow in less than eight weeks, and now we just have to fill it with the medical equipment they desperately need and a few items, which we hope, will bring a little joy. Can you help the people of Buccama by donating any item from the list below?
We’ll be collecting and storing donations in Glasgow ahead of them being packed and shipped at the end of September. If you can help us fill the shipping container, please email Katie.Burnett@KVBCommunications.com with details or questions or call 07878 734 552.
EMP shipping container contents
Medical Essentials – First Priority
- 500 Pessaries (range of sizes) ring made from medical-grade silicone plus KYJELLY
- 100 Emergency delivery kits – razor blade, sheet, umbilical cord clamp
- Infant radiant warmer
- 10 x delivery and episiotomy set (reusable)
- Non Pneumatic anti-shock garment (NASG)
- Portable medical stretcher movable like ambulance stretcher
- 50 x boxes of disposable plastic umbilical clamps
- Latex gloves
- Syringes (all sizes)
- Bandages and micropore tape to secure
- Burns dressings
- Non-stick dressings
- Sterile gauze swabs
- Plastic aprons
- Refillable soap dispenser
Medical Essentials – Second Priority
- 1 x Pulse Oximeter
- 1 x Infant radiant warmer
- Medical stand lamp with manually adjustable brightness
- 1-2 manual vacuum aspirator (MVA) (reusable)
- Cardiotocography (CTG) with external monitoring probes
- Abdominal ultrasound probe for model Dp-10 Mindray ultrasound
- 1-4 x Stethoscope Littman
- Sterile trolleys
- Storage drawers on casters
- Plastic privacy screens
- Dignity sheets-washable
- Birthing balls
- Pedal-operated bins
- Large mats
- Hand-washing posters
Medical Essentials – Third Priority
- Emergency delivery kits
- Disposable plastic aprons
- Vital sign monitor or patient monitor
- Weight and height standing scales
- Weighing machine (paediatric)
- Electric hand drier machine
Furniture / building
- 20 x small bedside tables
- 10 x electric fans
- Solar Panels
- Windows/Door – so that container can be made into a useable office/storage room (by a local builder)
- Printer ink, printer paper
NEW Clothing & Shoes – must have original tags/original packaging. (If used or second hand, they are not allowed to be imported into the country and shipping container would be stopped at customs.)
- Specialised extra-large medical shoes
- Pants for women (size 8-12)
- Bras (any size)
- Footballs, bikes, scooters
Ethiopia Medical Project (EMP) is dedicated to supporting Buccama Health Centre in rural Ethiopia. The charity focuses on preventing, raising awareness and treating Podoconiosis and Uterine Prolapse.
Both these widespread conditions carry a social stigma with sufferers reporting being ostracized from their families and communities. Yet both conditions can be treated, and in many cases reversed, with some simple treatments.
A decade ago when the Health Centre was still a small clinic it was inundated with women suffering with severe Uterine Prolapse. Many women with the painful condition, often caused by carrying heavy loads or frequent pregnancies, reported living in shame and fear.
Since 2009, around 8,000 women have come forward and been treated by the Health Centre. Most women can be treated by the Nursing staff sharing healthcare knowledge and a £3 pessary ring with more severe cases requiring a relatively simple operation. In the last few year, the Centre has seen a downward trend in the number of cases. This drop is believed to be due to more awareness of the cause and treatments available, coupled with a new law requiring all babies to be born in a Clinic meaning mothers are supported during childbirth.
Half the world’s population of people who suffer from Podoconiosis, a non-contagious form of elephantiasis, live in southern Ethiopia, where the Buccama Health Centre is situated. This disfiguring condition simply known ‘Podo’, causes massive swelling of the feet and lower limbs. Podo is caused when bare feet are exposed for prolonged periods to the country’s red clay soil. Through education Podo can be prevented. It can be treated and many cases reversed using soap, water and shoes.
Many of Buccama’s local farming communities, who tend to work without shoes, are affected and the condition can become so debilitating that they are unable to work on the land. Hundreds of men and women arrive each week with varying stages of the condition. EMP’s aim is to eradicate Podo from this part of Ethiopia.
Buccama Health Clinic
In 2018 the Clinic expanded to become the Buccama Health Centre, which now has two wards and a laboratory as well as 22 members of staff including five qualified nurses.
Each year EMP commits to raise a minimum of £50,000 to cover the medical staff’s wages and medical supplies. EMP’s goal is to raise £5 million to enable the Centre to be self-sustaining into the future.
As with all charities, EMP is stepping up to the challenge of continuing to raise awareness and funds as the effects of the pandemic take hold even in these deeply rural parts of Ethiopia.
What we do
We support women in need.
Continuously raising awareness and funds.
Providing life-saving medical support.
What your donations means
a pair of plastic shoes
feeds a family for a week
medicine bills for Centre for a day
bespoke shoes for the worst PODO cases
pessary rings for seven women
one woman’s Prolapse repair
Each year the Buccama Health Centre costs in the region of £50,000 to fund, this is our aim each and every year, and we are only able to do this with your help.
Where we are
The Clinic is based in Southern Ethiopia.
Donations are always welcome, especially baby clothes, new underwear and socks.
Postage of a 2kg parcel costs approximately £14
Please address donations direct to the clinic:
Haimanot Ammanuel, PO BOX 249, Buccama Clinic, Soddo, WOLAYTA, Ethiopia