Our founders Robert and Helena Brown initially went out to Uganda to visit an orphanage which was linked to the church they went to, Revive a Life. Whilst they were in Kampala they had the opportunity to visit a struggling medical centre which was part of the same charity but which due to financial reasons would probably need to close, They saw that there was a real care for patients at this centre but there were just not the funds available to help those in need. After spending time talking with the manager of the center they soon realized that the people of Uganda would often have to choose when they have some little money between paying for medicines or treatment or feeding the family. In one of the poorest countries where 10 million people do not have access to safe or clean water and where more than 4 million of the 37.5 million population are starving (2016 news figures), there is a great need for medical care that can be given freely to those in need. The lack of clean safe water is also a great source of diseases like Typhoid which is a killer in Uganda.
Helena and Robert also were taken to look at the major hospital in Kampala where they were shocked to see the conditions patients were in, how dirty it was and how crowded it was with patients unable to get treatment because they don't have the funds.
Patients commonly dying waiting for simple operation and even some patients committing suicide because they couldn't stand the pain and were unable to access pain relief, because of these experiences, Robert and Helena decided to take on the medial centre and TOMM was born, the centre itself was massively improved and the ethos of the charity was to provide free at point of access care to people who need it the most.
The goal and future of TOMM is to create a purpose-built centre to offer basic health care needs to people with real needs, and in addition to this to get a vehicle which would allow the centre staff to offer vaccination clinics and healthcare checks in the slums and poorest communities of Uganda, all this however comes with a price tag and that's where all your donations help towards the realisation of this much-needed service.