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The Pressure Garment Unit (PGU) is an income generating project under ASFU that was established in January 2006. The project was developed in collaboration with hospitals/medical units in Uganda to provide pressure garments for acid/other burns victims as well as conditions such as lymph edema, varicose veins and keloids.
The PGU, in the past, empowered 4 acid burn survivors (2 males & 2 females) by providing them with training and employment in the production of pressure garments. Survivors gained skills in tailoring, burns management and business management. The Unit, however, is currently run by one technician.
Pressure garments are specialized, made-to-measure, close fitting garments used over affected parts of the body to reduce scarring and deformities. The garments protect newly healed skin and sensitive skin from damage. Due to reduced healing time, pressure garments minimize financial costs incurred by individuals. This enables burn victims to return to economic activity earlier and ease the financial burden on their families.
Doctors in the hospitals examine patients, write out prescriptions for pressure garments and refer them to PGU where the garments are manufactured. The pressure garment technician measures each client and then tailors the garment to fit each individual. Patients who are financially capable, are required to meet the garment costs while ASFU meets the costs for acid survivors who cannot afford.
The Foundation works in close collaboration with Mulago Hospital (Burns and Plastic Surgery Unit) and other hospitals in Uganda to ensure that it continues supplying pressure garments to those who need them. Networks continue to be established with other relevant stakeholders to ensure that those who need pressure garments can easily access them.