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We take it for granted that when we need power it will be available. All day, every day. In many countries in the world this is not the case and Uganda is no exception. Power blackouts are very common, often occuring several times a day. Many of our smallest and sickest babies rely on a constant power supply to survive. Without it, within 30 minutes they will be dead. Every time power goes off it is a race against time to get the emergency generator switched on and sometimes we loose the race.
Imagine if this were your baby. Born early and weighing less than a bag of sugar, you have been caring for, loving and nurturing his tiny body for the last 38 days. He is unable to breath without support from a machine that provides the pressure to keep his tiny lungs open. Each day he gets a little bit stronger and you long for the day soon when he will be able to go home. Then in the middle of the night there is a power cut. The machine supporting his breathing goes silent and stays silent. Tonight the generator is not working and power does not come back.
This story is a true reflection of the challenge faced by the mothers, families and staff on the neonatal unit at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital. Watch our video to see how it feels when a baby loses its life for the simple want of a steady power supply.
We are fundraising for a stable, solar powered power supply to run the neonatal unit 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We continue to successfully reduce the number of our babies that die each month but as the number gets smaller we become more and more reliant on lifesaving technology that is driven by power.