All private schools in Uganda are expected to have at least one health care provider on site to attend to the first aid needs of the children.
For the past two years, health care has been available on an intermittent basis in Iruhuura Trading Centre by Bagonza Evester, a qualified nursing assistant, and Nurse Eve, as she is known, has been looking after the Uphill pupils on an ad hoc basis.
In November 2017 we submitted a funding proposal for a dedicated School Nurse for Uphill to St Andrews Clinics for Children and we were delighted to find out that this has been granted.
Nurse Eve, in red, with some of the Uphill teachers in March 2016
Nurse Eve will join Uphill as full time School Nurse in the second term of the 2018 academic year, once the new administration block where her clinic will be sited has been completed. She will be responsible for health care for the staff and children, along with health education programs.
When we visited the school in March 2018 we were able to show Eve where her new clinic would be and she provided us with a long list of essential items needed to kit it out to her satisfaction!
Liddy and Eve outside the room that will be her clinic
We are looking forward to seeing Eve in her new uniform
June 2018: The nurse’s room is almost ready for use!
UPDATE FEBRUARY 2019: A new academic year and a change of staff
Kyarisiima Peace joined Uphill Junior School in February as the new school nurse and the pupils are already keeping her busy!
Meeting Nurse Peace on our visit to the school in 2019
UPDATE FEBRUARY 2020: A new academic year and (another) new nurse!
Peace left to have a baby at the end of 2020. Agaba Brenda joined Uphill Junior School at the start of the 2020 academic year and is already settling in well and making herself indispensable.
Liddy and Nurse Brenda in February 2020
UPDATE February 2021: Welcome Nurse Monica!
Brenda left Uphill in December 202o have a baby – there seems to be a pattern emerging here – and Nurse Monica joined the staff. She has been kept busy with the COVID Safe School precautions, in addition to tending to pupils who need medical attention.
In March 2021 we were awarded a £3,000 from the Soutar Charitable Trust to fund the School Nurse programme for a further 3 years. The Uphill Nurse will remain a fixture!