As 2012 comes to a close and we look forward to 2013, Karin Children Medical Centre wishes you and your families a happy, healthy holiday season and New Year!
With much joy we'd like to share with you a story about Karin Children Medical Centre's impact on Rose Otto and her grandchild.
Rose lives in Gulu's nearby village with two of her children and her grandchildren, in a former internally displaced camp where there are still hundreds of families residing. She is a very busy and active grandmother and her day begins early, as she gets her grandchildren dressed and ready for school, and also tend to the sick ones. Her older grandchildren help her to collect water and to keep her home clean. Rose lost her husband in 2001 when Gulu was struck by the deadly Ebola virus. He could not be saved becuase the health service was overwhelmend by the outbreak.
One of her daughters, Akot contracted HIV/AIDS during the war, and has a little daughter 3 years old whom Rose helps to look after, becuase Akot is too weak to do much work.
When Akot was pregnant she received no counselling and prenatal care while pregnant with her daughter. The nearest clinic was hours away and impossible for Akot to access due to the distance. Unfortunatley becuase of lack of health support, and the complications during birth, Akot delivered a baby who is also HIV positive.
With the opening of Karin Children medical Centre's new clinic in Agonga, Gulu, Rose, Akot and other women in her community will no longer have to worry about accessing high-quality, affordable health care for themselves and their children. Akot and her daughter will receive the right medication, counselling and guidance, essential vaccinations, and specialized care for young women. More women will now have access to post-natal care now as well as prenatal care for future babies.
“To keep my children well is the most important thing, and I am so happy the clinic will help me do that,” Rose says. We're grateful to be able to serve Rose and many other mothers like her, and thank you for your support which makes our health services possible.
Your contributions will help Akot and many women like her by removing the barrier of distance to health care. We are thrilled that your support enabled us to provide health services to this community, and look forward to keeping you updated on our progress!
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Happy New Year to you and we also wish you a great year ahead.
With warm regards,
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Opening of the new health centre was a great achievement in this community of Agonga in Gulu District. For many years this community has had no development take place since the 26 year insurgency that destroyed their lives. For a community of nearly 6000 people this is a sign of growth and development now becoming a reality. This health centre brings new hope and opportunities; this community now have hope of seeing a health professional whenever they fall ill.
This day was evidently an exciting day in this community, especially for children like Okot who have grown up in Internally displaced camp and have seen the difficulty of accessing health services. Okot grow up with his mother and three other siblings and they had to walk nearly 7miles to the health centre each time any of them fell ill. He even remembers watching his pregnant mother, who had to visit the health centre many miles away for antenatal care for the nine months of her pregnancy. This was always a trying time, because when his mother was away for check ups, it meant that they had to wait till evening before she returned to prepare for them food. However, with the opening of this health centre, this marks the end of these nightmares. What a joy this day is, and he is ever thankful to all the people who supported this cause.
The Karin Children Medical Centre was opened on the 7th August 2012 was officially opened by the district chairman, Mr Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, he spoke of the pride this health centre has brought not only to the community but also the district of Gulu as a whole. He thanked all the people who stood with this community in order to see that this health centre was opened. He prays that the community will now embrace it fully and utilise it to ensure their good health and of their children especially.
The occasion was graced by many district officials, friends of Childcare Development Organisation Uganda, other partners in development and the general community.
On this day the health centre carried out a medical camp for the community which included services like family planning, cervical cancer screening, free HIV/AIDS testing and counseling, general outpatients care and health education. On this day the health workers saw nearly 1000 patients and yet they had to return the following day to see more patients. The community turned up in big numbers, but this also indicated that there is still great need to support health care of this war torn region.
Other activities that took place on this day included different traditional dances and songs by the groups in the community. There were exhibitions of items displayed by former child soldiers including paintings, art and craft materials, agricultural products and many other items on sale.
With the new health centre many activities have begun taking place for example immunisation of children and mothers, family planning, counseling, general out patient care and health education. Our plan is to expand the maternal unit so as to better help pregnant mothers and children.
All this work would not have been possible without the love of all our donors, thank you very much for your support. It has showed to us that when people come together to do meaningful things they can bring out great change.
Thank you to our donors on behalf of everyone at Childcare Development Organisation Uganda. We are currently very busy here in Gulu, getting ready for the launch of our new health center on August 7th.
Within the past two months, CDO (U) has immunized over 120 children against deadly diseases, such as polio, measles and hepatitis B. We have also trained two village health care workers, serving as the initial point of contact for health in 14 villages. In July, we will begin carrying out two medical outreaches per month for pregnant women.
Access to healthcare continues to be a grave issue in rural areas of Northern Uganda. There is lack of trained medical staff and equipment, coupled with sporadic drug distribution. It is for this reason that we are in the process of constructing a second children's health center in a rural village of Gulu.
Along with finishing construction on our new health center, we are starting two new projects. The first will include skills development for child-mothers (children who became pregnant as a result of the 18 year war in Northern Uganda, led by the Lord's Resistance Army) through tailoring. The second project will include HIV/AIDS outreach and councelling.
Thank you again for your continued support in helping to improve the lives of former child soldiers and those deeply affected by the war in Gulu, Uganda.
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