Saturday, 20 June 2009

Lions in African hospital link

A Budleigh-based charity is raising funds for a hospital in Swaziland with a monthly donation and much-needed items of equipment.

Among the many charitable causes with which it is linked, Budleigh Salterton Lions Club has chosen to support the Good Shepherd Hospital near the town of Sitecki, Swaziland, in Southern Africa.

The first weekend of July sees two events in Budleigh’s Public Hall organized by the Lions to benefit the Hospital.

On Friday 3 July there will be cash bingo games from 6.30 pm when doors open, with eyes down at 7.30 pm. Entry costs £1 for 10 games and two fliers. A raffle and refreshments will also help to make the evening go with a swing.

A mammoth jumble sale is being held the next day, Saturday 4 July. Admission costs 10p.

The Lions’ support is deeply appreciated by the The Good Shepherd Hospital. Medical services in Swaziland are limited, with an average of one doctor per 30,000 people. The Good Shepherd is one of only six hospitals in the country. It has a very basic pathology department, limited X-ray facilities and the pharmacy is partially stocked by overseas donations.
Right: The male patients' ward

In spite of its difficulties, The Good Shepherd has been much praised by the visiting foreign professionals who have helped out. “A wonderful hospital with great doctors, nurses, and patients,” is how USA-based Dr Eric Milbrandt described it during his stay there. “They do so much with so little. We've much to learn from them...” Left: The children's ward at The Good Shepherd Hospital

There is an impressive account of some of the ailments and treatments at The Good Shepherd Hospital as described by another American, Dr Carrie K. Guill, at

Photo credit: Eric Milbrandt

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