I bring you much greetings and I am always happy to share with you our stories, our dear friends and partners.
It is the rainy season here in Gulu and the rainy season is always a blessing in many ways, because it means that the farmers will begin to see their crops growing, but for the health team it is a time to brace for the different ailment that the rains bring along. This time around there is also plenty of mangoes, which is good for the children. But we always see the number of diarrhoea case rising because children eat these fruits right from the tree without washing them. The rainy season also brings along a rise in the number of malaria cases. The water puddles that gather around homes provide the right breeding grounds for mosquitoes. In addition to this, with the rains the roads are muddy and wet, but this does not affect the peoples’ spirit to work. The health staffs continue serving the patients that visit the clinics with unwavering hard work.
Many children are brought in with severe malaria. For the health staff they are always on the lookout for these cases because they know how dangerous this can be if a child is not treated immediately. This is what happened to Sheila Anena when she was brought in the clinic on one Monday morning, she could hardly walk. She had a high temperature and was vomiting profusely. Her mother was very worried!. When she was tested for malaria, she was found to be having malaria parasite in her blood. She was given treatment and by the end of the day she was feeling a lot better.
The Karin Clinics see over 80% cases of malaria in children. In the last three months over 906 children tested positive for malaria. For many of these children over 50% of these children are under five years old. Malaria brings a lot of challenges to the family. It means that the child cannot go to school, the mother cannot also work because they have to take care of their sick children.
We are requesting for funds for mosquito nets. We are raising funds to provide 1000 long lasting insecticide treated nets. Please donate generously as your donation will go a long way in preventing malaria and keeping the children healthy and in school.
Our success is due to your untiring support. It is a great partnership and we hope to continue having you by our side.
We have very good news to share with you!
The year 2014 has began with a lot of energy. You may recall that at the end of the year review meetings held in 2013, we agreed to work harder to serve more people in these remote villages. We all acknowledged our achivements and agreed that there was still more that we could do. We are happy that the communities appreciate our work and this is shown when they come back to thank us for the services that we are providing at the health centres and how we are ensuring that adequate drug supply is available for patients that we serve everyday.
In the past months we have made it our priority to ensure that our stock out does not recurr. We keep improving our inventory systems and order time. Donations continue to be used to cover essential drugs in the health centre and to support the vulnerable who cannot afford health care. We ensure that we stock anti malarials, anti biotics, test kits for malaria, thypoid stool, etc. Making sure that our stock always includes children’s medication.
Outreach programmes are ongoing in one health centre and plans are underway to expand our services to other villages. We plan to educate mothers and community members about safe drinking water and sanitation. We also plan to provide drinking water to enable the children have clean drinking and cooking water.
Contaminated water and lack of clean drinking water continue to pose a big problem to many children in the communities, and these are recurring problems in schools and many homes in Gulu, impeding the growth and development of children.
Based on the clinical data and results, skin conditions, intestinal worms, and diarrhoel diseases continue to rank high among children visiting the health centres, contributing to nearly 40% of the cases. It is our plan to encourage mothers to provide clean drinking water as this will play a key role in reducing malnutrition, child mortality and to further improve their quality of life.
Many thanks to everyone for trusting in our project to be the liaison between vulnerable communities who need help. Thank you so much for your generosity.
Thank you to all the support you've given Karin medical Centre and the patients of thehealth centres. With your help, we have been able to provide clinic supplies totreat over 1190 patients in the past three months! We have recently recruited anew nurse to work with mothers on issues relating to family planning andreproductive health, and a nursing assistant to support with immunisation inthe clinic - neither of which would be able to treat patients without the vaccinesand test kits in the health unit.
CDO U’s goal is to provide uninterrupted patient care to the communityof Gulu. With your continous support, we can make sure our health centre hasenough medical supplies to continue treating the patients who walk many milesto come to this health centre every morning!
Meet Simon our laboratory assistant who does amazing work to ensure that patientsget the right test results. Simon tests for many ailments including stooltests, HIV/AIDS, clamydia and other STIs, pregnancy test.
We thank you for making Simons work easy because we can buy test reagents.
We want to update you with our first 6 months of full operations! From January through June, we saw 1452 patients in the Karin Medical Centre in Agonga, Gulu and 3,023 patients at the Childcare CommunityHealth centre our second health centre based in Unyama in Gulu 2,451 females and 572 males. Our staff hasbeen working hard!
We are all proud of the work that we do ," On the 24th of June, with the request from another community based organisation we held a surgical medical camp that was run by the local community members. They choose ourclinic to work from! How proud we felt!
Our staff had never had this opportunity and we were privileged and honored to host this event, because it would give our staff members the opportunity to carry our male circumcision, cervical cancer screening and HIV testing andcounselling. The waiting room and the surrounding area was was packed, but the staff immediately sprung into action. Ms Filder Anek the incharge medical officer worked as the assistant surgeon with Dr William. They worked as a team as Filder learnt from him as well. Grace the midwife worked with the women who wanted to do cervical cancer screening after carrying out a small health education to them. Moses and Aaaron worked in theLaboratory to get everyones details recorded and all the testing carried out accordingly, whilst Moses our administrator kept people people occupied with more health talk. On this day we called a volunteer clinician to see who we needed to be treated urgently and who could wait, and Robert continued to clerk and book in the patients who were waiting before 7 a.m. Our staff made a good effort to accommodate what we could, and that means a lot!"
We also have community volunteers who helped with immunisation for babies and expectant mothers eager to help us out – next week we shall continue with the family health day . Every day there are new challenges andnew gains – and it continues to be a great honor to do this work.
We are proud because you make it happen! Thanks to all of you for walking by our side on this meaningful journey.
N.B. We always have equipment needs at the clinic. If any of you works for an organization that may be able to help us, please let me know! You can contact me directly anytime at: email@example.com
The last months have been extremely very busy months with a lot of activities at the health center as the local people are being inspired by the services offered to them by the promising and hard working staffs we have.
Filder Anek, the assistant physician and her outreach team, are heading to Oyik village to carry out vaccination, deworming and testing in this community. When it rains mothers find it very hard to reach the health centre. Oyik village is about 4km away from the Karin health centre. They need to carry enough vaccines and medicines for the community who are waiting for them. They are expecting a big turn up because the health team has been moving around the villages giving information about today's activity. Many announcements were sent out. When we arrived the village centre, we found the notice was clearly put for all the community here to read.
There was a clear message on the tree that stands in the middle of the village. This tree is very symbolic, it has stood here for many years and has served many purposes including serving as the meeting point for the villagers, providing shade and also the land mark in this village. During the insurgency that lasted for over 26 years, the communities used this place to gather here whenever the WFP trucks delivered to them the much needed foods and medicines. To this day, the community has continued to use it as the market, for holding village meetings and it is here that Karin Medical Centre has decided to carry out health outreach.
For mothers like Alimo and her friends who sell snacks under this tree, it was convenient, because they do not have to walk to the health centre, with their children.
On this day, the health team vaccinated and gave out deworming tablets to over 70 children, and Antenatal Care to over 25 expectant mothers, the rest of the community was ready to listen to Filda educate them on health issues that is affecting their community. The local leaders who watched this exercise take place were very happy that we visited them. They are happy with our work and they hope that we will come back again. At the end of the day we were happy that we did this work, saving babies and mothers. We hope to continue with this exercise every month. Its through your funding that will allow health workers like Filda and her team reach the hard the reach areas and bring smiles on faces like mothers of children like Lajul get these vital immunizations that are taking the lives of many children in the community. Please do not stop supporting this cause and please tell your friends about the work that we are doing
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