The Bududa District
The Bududa District is prone to severe mudslides. In 2010, the worst mudslide in Uganda’s history swept away the main health facility serving Buwaali and several other sub-counties in the region. The slide also destroyed three villages and killed hundreds of people.
The health facility was never rebuilt and now people must walk several hours for health care or use their meager resources for transport. During the rainy season, March to November, when over 70 inches of rain falls and rivers are swollen and bridges washed out, transport is often impossible.
Imagine being a women in labor having to walk miles through hills, with elevations up to 5,900 feet, and torrential rains to reach a health facility where you can safely deliver. The lack of health facilities has resulted in one of the highest rates of deliveries unattended by trained medical personnel in the country.
Now there is a chance to bring much needed health services to the people of this beautiful region.