GENERAL practitioner Philip Unwin was the speaker at this week’s meeting of Henley Rotary Club with the subject “The medical needs of Africa”.
He spends two weeks a year of his holiday entitlement bringing much-needed surgical skills to the Kamuli Mission Hospital in Uganda.
The hospital, which has been in existence for more than 100 years and is situated near the source of the Nile, is owned and run by an order of Franciscan nuns. Fifty nuns work as nurses and there is also a nursing school.
Uganda has the highest fertility rate in the world and, on average, every woman has eight or nine live births.
The hospital deals with 2,500 births a year and caesarean section is a common procedure as many woman go into labour at home and when difficulties occur they frequently have a journey of a day or two to get to the hospital.