The demand for high quality healthcare in Northern Uganda is extremely high. Every day at the Kristina Health Clinic, we have more patients lined up waiting for treatment than we can see.
Two barriers that prevent us from providing the care that the community needs are insufficient staffing, and an inability to reach surrounding communities. We're investing in our clinic in the following ways, to overcome these barriers:
1. Hiring 9 additional staff members, and building a Staff Quarters (pictured below).
2. Purchasing and operating an ambulance, which will be used both for emergency services, and to bring healthcare to surrounding villages (pictured below, with our founder Julius Achon)
Thank you for your continued support in making these investments possible!
The Achon Uganda Children's Fund team
In February several members of the Achon Uganda Children's Fund team traveled to Uganda to attend the dedication of the James Fee Patient Ward (see attached newspaper headline). This ward, which will soon house up to 40 patients, was named after our Executive Director who was killed in a cycling accident in October 2013.
Since February, we have purchased an ambulance. This enables us to expand our reach into surrounding communities to provide urgent care. As important, we are also conducting daily outreach programs to provide much-needed education on health, disease prevention, neonatal care and more.
This will enable us to host visiting doctors and nurses. Today, there is a challenging hour drive from the closest major town of Lira. In May we will begin construction of a Staff Quarters building so that staff and visitors do not have to make this drive twice per day.
We are also nearing completion of an incinerator, for the save removal of medical waste, and an outdoor kitchen so that patients and their families can prepare meals while recovering from treatment.
Achon Uganda Children's Fund, and the Kristina Health Clinic that it supports, are operating extremely well. We are treating over 300 patients per month. The most common illness treated is malaria, but the care varies widely.
As noted in the previous report, the founder and Executive Director of AUCF, Jim Fee, passed away in October. his wife and two sons will travel to Awake Village in Northern Uganda for the dedication of the new James Fee Patient Ward. This building was recently constructed in order to provide a place for patient recover; previously patients were sent home immediately after care, and home is often a very long walk home (several miles).
Additional construction projects are:
1. A small kitchen for patients and their families to use during care and recover.
2. A staff quarters. The current staff is cramped in a small building, and sharing rooms. This additional building will all AUCF to host visiting doctors and nurses, who can train the staff and provide additional patient care.
3. An incinerator for disposing of used medical equipment.
Thank you for all of your help in making this development possible.
The Achon Uganda Children's Fund Team
Supporters of Achon Uganda Children's Fund,
It is with both high spirits and heavy hearts that we send this Project Report for the Achon Uganda Children's Fund (AUCF).
Unfortunately, or Executive Director (and husband and father), Jim Fee, passed away on October 9, 2013. Jim was doing what he loved--riding his bike--when he was involved in an accident. He died very much at peace, surrounded by his family and friends. You can learn more about Jim in this article: http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/jim-fee-charitable-ally-of-ugandan-olympian-dies-after-bike-accident
But thanks to Jim's hard work and dedication, AUCF has made tremendous progress toward our mission: to improve the quality of life in rural Northern Uganda through access to health care and education, improvements to infrastructure and means of self-sufficiency. Jim left in place a talented and dedicated team of board members and advisors. AUCF is on solid foundation, and we are moving forward with all of Jim's great work.
We have already brought clean water to the village of Awake with a new well. Further, the Kristina Health Clinic and Staff Quarters has been operating for well over a year. It has already provided low-cost health care to the thousands of people from Awake and surrounding villages--for the first time ever. A patients ward, where recently treated patients and their families can recover, is nearly complete.
We have nearly achieved our original Global Giving goal of $50,000. With this Report, we are expanding our project goal to $100,000. With the additional funds, we will pay the growing clinic staff. Further, we are purchasing an ambulance in order to expand AUCF's reach, and are beginning to plan for housing for visiting doctors and a maternity clinic.
Thank you for all of your support, and for helping to bring Jim Fee's legacy to life.
The Fee Family & AUCF Board of Directors
Excitement builds in the village of Awake in Northern Uganda as the Kristina Health Center (KHC) patient ward building nears completion. Built by a team of 19 local Ugandan workers in a period of four months, the building exterior is complete. Jimmy Okullo, AUCF Operations Manager, and brother of foundation founder Julius Achon reports villagers travel for miles - simply to see the new construction. The ward becomes the third building on the KHC campus, along with a 10 room clinic and staff living quarters for the five person medical staff. Once opened in October, the 18 bed patient ward will allow an expansion of the medical services offered to the community. Patients, some of whom travel 10+ miles for treatment, will, if needed, have a bed to sleep, and overnight medical care and medicines including intra-venous fluids and drugs. Currently patients requiring an overnight stay sleep in the clinic lobby or are taken in by local villagers.
The expansion of patients services afforded by the patient ward is expected to significantly increase the number of patients treated at Kristina Health Center. Currently, an average of 400 patients are seen and treated monthly. I spoke to Emmanuel Achar, senior medical officer, who enthusiastically explained how the ward will allow multi-day treatment for patients requiring a series of injections or simply a place to sleep for patients too weak to return home after treatment. He vividly recalled a four month old baby with pneumonia requiring an overnight stay for a series of antibiotic injections and the baby and mother sleeping on a makeshift cot on the clinic lobby floor. "Care will improve as well as a reduction in patient suffering. You have no idea how the dignity of a patient improves by providing a clean bed to sleep."
The ward is the first of two buildings planned for the KHC campus. Once the ward is completed and adequate funds raised, a second staff living quarters will be built to accomodate an expanded medical staff - both local and visiting from the USA and elsewhere. Since the health center is a difficult 42 miles from the nearest town Lira, on-site staff accomodation is a necessity.
The Awake villagers, Kristina HC staff and all of us at Achon Uganda Children's Fund greatly appreciate the generous ongoing support provided by you our donors. With your help, the villagers of Awake and beyond can now access health care when needed.
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