CALGARY, April 7 /CNW/ - As many as one in five children in parts of
rural Southwestern Uganda used to die before age 5 and Alberta's own Healthy
Child Uganda (HCU) program has helped reduce reported deaths of young children
by approximately 40 per cent in the past three years.
And that's just one part of the story. This Friday, a heartwarming
Alberta-made documentary gives the first in-depth look at this successful
University of Calgary program that trains Ugandan volunteers in their own
communities to implement their own health solutions for real change and
dramatically lower child mortality and disease rates.
"SUUBI-Hope for the Children of Uganda" airs at 5:30pm MDST on April 10th
on the CTV Alberta network (CFCN) and across Canada on Bell ExpressVU and
Starchoice satellite services. Documentary filmmaker and former CTV and Global
news anchor Rick Castiglione traveled to Mbarara, Uganda in May 2008 to
document the story of Healthy Child Uganda and the project's positive impact
on rural Southwestern Uganda's children. Castiglione's compelling humans
stories show how HCU volunteers are saving children's lives by empowering over
350 Ugandan volunteers in 175 of the country's poor rural communities with
training programs, outreach health services and local solutions for problems.
"Healthy Child Uganda is a happy story about Africa...about Ugandans
helping themselves and creating a brighter future for Uganda's children," says
Dr. Jenn Brenner, Canadian Project Director and also a pediatrician at
Calgary's Alberta Children's Hospital. "HCU has been successful because
volunteers, communities and donors have stepped in with so much support."
She continued, "Our team is so proud to share with Albertans what has
been accomplished with Healthy Child Uganda but children dying remains a
growing and highly preventable challenge. Healthy Child Uganda shows what can
be done to address the tragedy of children dying when their own communities
can help them if they have support through training and inexpensive simple
"I invite Albertans to watch the "SUUBI-Hope for the Children of Uganda"
documentary and see how simple solutions can make such a difference and can
give hope to Ugandan communities for their children's health. I hope it will
spark viewers' interest in visiting our website at healthychilduganda.org to
learn more and to help us make sure help reaches the children who need it the
most," concluded Dr. Brenner.
About Healthy Child Uganda (HCU)
Healthy Child Uganda is a Ugandan-Canadian partnership operated by
Canadian volunteers providing support to rural Ugandan communities since 2003
to help prevent diseases that kill so many young children. The program
emphasizes basic, low-cost disease prevention strategies including good
nutrition, sanitation, safe water, immunization, and use of mosquito nets to
prevent malaria. HCU has trained and supports a network of 350 Ugandan
volunteers from the communities themselves, who provide education to local
families and assist when children in these remote communities fall sick, since
access to care is so difficult.
Healthy Child Uganda receives funding from the Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA) and generous Canadian donors.
For further information:
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