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Welsh civil engineers help Uganda medical project

An ICE Wales-organised construction project is taking shape on site in Uganda, the founder of Engineers For Overseas Development told an ICE Wales meeting last week.

The project is a medical building in Soroti, Uganda.

EFOD – a subgroup of ICE Wales- sponsors the Soroti project. It is providing engineers to build the facilities which will accommodate two doctors, two dentists and two optometrists.

Mott MacDonald divisional director and former ICE Wales chairman Ian Flower said the foundations for this project were laid in 2005.

EFOD has now raised enough funding to complete the job.

"EFOD funds the materials for the projects but the engineers fund themselves to travel to Uganda," said Flower.

"This is also a very good opportunity for young engineers to see a project through from inception to completion.

"In my own career it took me 21 years before I had the chance to see projects develop from start to finish", he added.

Over the past seven years, EFOD has sent more than 20 young engineers to Uganda to oversee their projects over 30 visits for two week stints.

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