Posted: Fri, February 06, 2015 | By: St. Luke’s School
Eric Oliver has established two medical clinics in Kyarumba, western Uganda, that will serve residents of this rural area.
Eric Oliver Clinic #1 aids orphans at Rays of Light Orphanage Nursery and Primary School.
Eric Oliver Clinic #2 was created to care for the toddlers at St. Luke’s Nursery School. Both clinics opened on February 2, 2015.
Eric Oliver Clinic #2 was set up via a $1,250 donation to the Brighter Brains Institute. Eric’s funds were used to pay the medic - Biira Jenipher - a one year salary of $400, to purchase medicine ($400), plus medical supplies such as fecal testing equipment, and a sign for the clinic.
The children at St. Luke’s Nursery will tremendously benefit from Eric’s generosity - 131 Ugandan children out of 1,000 die before the age of five. Uganda leads the Sun-Saharan region in infant mortality rates. Maladies include malaria, bilharzia, typhoid, cholera, pneumonia, diarrhea, malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, and helmenthiasis (sicknesses caused by parasitic worms.)
Worldwide, three billion people are afflicted by parasitic worms that kill approximately 15 million people per year, primarily in Africa. The “silent assassins” - tapeworms, flatworms, hookworms, whipworms, roundworms, pinworms - also debilitate mental health; 3.75 IQ points are lost per parasite infection and a MIT study “found that deworming was by far the most cost-effective way to increase primary school participation.” Severe malaria can also damage a child’s neurological and cognitive development.
Helminthic diseases are transmitted via feces-contaminated soil, animals, toilet seats, water, and food. A Uganda study revealed 42.6% of children were infected; 12.8% with hookworms, 9.6% with Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia), 4.3% with Ascaris. Giardia (protozoa) was found in 8.5%; Entamoeba histolytic (also protozoan) in 7.4%.
Eric Oliver Clinic #2 is situated in a very convenient place for the St. Luke’s Nursery School toddlers - it’s directly behind St. Luke’s Church, which is just up the hillside. The entire area is very green and beautiful - Kyarumba is located in the foothills of the Rwenzori “Mountains of the Moon.”