Infant Hydrocephalus, commonly referred to as “water in the brain” has continued to claim thousands of Ugandan children yet awareness about the disease remains low.

Although CURE Uganda, a hospital that deals in rectifying this problem was set up in Mbale, many people are still unaware of its existence. It is against this background that the Simba Group chairperson and also CURE Uganda Board member, Mr Patrick Bitature, and his wife Carol, organised a luncheon which drew Uganda’s top businessmen and community leaders.

The December 2 luncheon was intended to raise awareness and support for CURE Uganda and highlight the accomplishments of the hospital. Mr Bitature’s touching reminder that: “we love our neighbours by being charitable”, paid off as generous donations were raised.

Recalling a desperate patient from western Uganda he met on his visit to the hospital in 2010, the Umeme chairperson challenged the guests to give more support to world class institutions within Uganda so as to create, sustainable and replicable models of service.

“I met a patient who travelled all the way from western Uganda. The baby’s mother told me it was a relief to find such specialised health services in Uganda and looked forward to her son’s recovery. She described her burden and that her community and family left her to take care of her son,” Mr Bitature said.

Umeme Limited, Total Uganda and business man, Sikander Lalani each donated Shs10 million while dozens of other guests pledged support worth Shs120 million. The donations will enable more than 50 children receive life changing surgeries. Other previous donors include businessman Sudhir Ruparelia, who donated Shs50m between 2011 and 2012.