What we do

We’ve created two dedicated children’s operating theatres in Uganda, giving skilled local surgeons the facilities and equipment to save and improve children’s lives.

Saving lives in Uganda

There are over 18 million children in Uganda and, back in 2015, there wasn’t a dedicated operating theatre suite for children anywhere in the country.

Children who needed surgery were treated in adult theatres where the equipment wasn’t designed to treat children and babies. Waiting lists were long.

Paediatric surgeons, like John Sekabira (pictured), had the skills to operate on children but no equipment or dedicated facilities.

The ARCHIE Foundation wanted to help, and we created ARCHIE Global Surgery, a dedicated fund, separate from our work in Scotland, so that people could support our global development work.

We held ARCHIE in Africa days, where children in the North East of Scotland donated £1 each at their school to support our work – they learned about global citizenship and the importance of health and wellbeing not just at home, but abroad too.

Thanks to the money they raised, we were able to create and equip the first ever dedicated children’s operating theatre in Naguru Hospital in Kampala, Uganda.

Local surgeons, doctors and nurses there are now able to save so many more lives and improve the quality of life for thousands of other children and their families.

In 2016 we opened another children’s operating theatre in Mbarara, Uganda. Both these units are now twinned with the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital.

You can read about the impact of these units here.

Our ARCHIE in Africa days will help us make sure these operating theatres are maintained and updated, making sure your donations continue to save and improve lives.

  • We're giving skilled local surgeons the equipment and facilities they need to deliver safe surgery to children in Uganda.

    Professor George G. Youngson, ARCHIE Trustee