Medical Aid to Northern Uganda
The establishment of the MANU Foundation is a result of the trip that Dr. Kevin E. Hunt, M.D and Father Samuel Okori, took to Northern Uganda in the summer of August 2007. Doctor Hunt is an American doctor practicing Internal Medicine in Chicago and on faculty at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Father Okori is a Catholic Ugandan priest and Medical Doctor in the United States.
Father Okori plans on retuning to Northern Uganda to practice medicine upon completion of his studies in the United States. The two spent two weeks treating hundreds of patients and performing a fact finding mission concerning the health care situation in Northern Uganda. The two worked mainly with the Catholic Lira Diocese health care system which works in collaboration with government to supplement health care to the needy in the villages in Northern Uganda. Having experienced first hand the overwhelming problems and challenges of health care in Northern Uganda, the duo conceived of the idea of starting a foundation to raise funds to address the many unmet health care needs in Northern Uganda. Therefore the foundation called 'MANU' meaning Medical Aid to Northern Uganda was established in Chicago in 2008 with the help of the prestigious law firm of Winston and Strawn.
The first priority of the foundation is to improve the present medical facilities and to provide adequate health services to the people of Northern Uganda. As a result of this endeavor, MANU is reaching out to the international community for help in terms of providing help to fund medical equipment, personnel and health care supplies to Northern Uganda.
The people of northern Uganda have suffered and continue to suffer as a result of the rebel activity of the LRA since1986 which has made the people victims of poverty, diseases, ignorance and the ravages of the guerilla warfare.
Our organization strongly believes that if the people are empowered to live transformed lives, lives free of poverty, lack of education, and disease, they must have access to the basics such as water, medicine, education and other forms of sustenance.
It is our sincere hope that the report of the group of Eight (G8) summit in Scotland which was most encouraging for Africa, particularly the recognition by the economically powerful and wealthy nations of the need to overcome poverty, ignorance and disease on the African continent.
We can only hope that their resolutions will be translated into action and we appeal to men and women of goodwill to help this noble cause and support us in any way possible.