Entebbe Maternity

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Old Ward

In 2003, when Kathie and Frank Mayhew visited Uganda for the first time, one of the first tours they took was of the Entebbe Hospital. When they walked into the Maternity Ward, they were appalled by what they saw….overcrowded, unsanitary conditions, and some women even giving birth on the floor. 

Kathie vowed she would do something about what she had seen.  A medical researcher named Allison Eliott had experienced the same sense of urgency when she visited the hospital, and had begun to raise money to help make repairs.

In 2006, Allison and Kathie met and decided to work together to raise the funds needed to build a new Maternity Ward. Pooling the money Allison had collected with seed money from Kathie and Frank, the Anthill Foundation was formed, and an architect was hired to re-imagine the Ward.  The building was to be a 56-bed ward with 9 delivery bays and complete ancillary spaces. The total cost was a little over $250,000, an amazingly low amount considering what was built.

In 2009, Kathie was unable to travel due to medical issues, so Frank traveled to Uganda, and with local Rotarians, dedicated the new Entebbe Hospital Maternity Ward.  It is now the now the regional Maternity center.

The next year, Kathie was able to visit the ward, and brought with her hundreds of baby blankets and “onesies” that had been sewn by women from the UCC Sebastopol Community Church.  The church women continue to make these hand-made gifts, and on subsequent visits, Kathie and Frank have been pleased to be able to deliver them to the new mothers of Uganda in their spacious and clean Anthill Maternity Ward.

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