Today is election day in Uganda. A day where people have talked about a lot, feared and prayed for. The schools are closed, it is very, very quiet on the streets. Most of the shops are closed. Lines with voters start to form at the polling stations. Trucks move around with soldiers or policemen. It is not the Soroti I know.... It is too quiet. Let us hope and pray all stays quiet...
In Amecet all is also quiet. Yesterday Simon and I came back from a two day trip to Kampala. We brought two volunteers back to the airport. Lisette and Sonja, thanks for all!! We also picked one new volunteer, Elske, a Dutch nurse, who will stay with us for 2,5 months!
In Amecet we are a bit concerned about Esther, the baby who is now with us for almost 2 weeks. She is not gaining and she is not drinking so well. We have already treated her for malaria!!! Those mosquito's should have had mercy on such a little baby! If she is not going to gain, we have to put a NG tube and feed her more milk. We gave her the ARV's and we pray that she is not infected by the HIV virus.
This is Robert, a new born baby who joined us on 15th of February. Robert was only 7 hours old, when he was brought to Amecet. His weight is 3 kg, he is one kg more then Esther, who is 2 weeks older then Robert!
Robert was born at home in the village, his mother got help from a rural birth attendant. After the delivery everything went well, the birth attendant went home. Only two hours later the eldest sister of Robert (10 years old) came to ask for help, the mother had start to bleed. There was nothing the birth attendant could do, the mother died within moments. Robert is doing well, but we also started him on ARV's since nobody knew about the HIV status of the mother. The husband of the mother had died, an unknown boyfriend is the father of Robert. The older sister of the late mother will care for Robert later.