Civil lawsuit in Uganda against Bedford non-profit delayed as mediation efforts continue

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BEDFORD, Va. (WFXR) – The civil lawsuit against Bedford-based “Serving His Children,” (SHC) a local non-profit, is being delayed as ongoing mediation efforts between the government of Uganda and the non-profit agency.

According to the law in Uganda, a judge will not look into the merits of the case until all efforts involving mediation have concluded.

WFXR News first reported on this lawsuit last summer, which states that SHC was responsible for the deaths of children in the region.

However, in February of 2019, the Uganda Medical & Dental Practitioners Council conducted an investigation into the allegations.

“The team was unable to support allegations that children died in large numbers due to the services of SHC both in Jinja and Mayuge districts. The team did not find evidence that Ms. Renee Bach, Director of SHC was treating children.”

Statement from the Uganda Medical & Dental Practitioners Council

The work of SHC has continued in Uganda without interruption.

During the past year, SHC provided nutritional assessments to 26,808 children. Of this number, 351 with acute malnutrition were admitted into SHC programs and preventative supplemental support was provided to 353 children.

Mediation efforts began in November 2018 where evidence was presented to the magistrate that the lawyers filing the case were not licensed to practice law in the country of Uganda.

A second meeting was rescheduled the next month with the requirement of a licensed lawyer was to be present with the applicants; however, the mediator was indisposed which resulted in a new date of February 18.

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