The past few months have been busy for Achon Uganda Children's Fund, and our health clinic in Northern Uganda, Kristina Health Clinic.
With the dry season upon us, the rate of patients has increased. Thankfully, through generous donations, we're able to supply medication to those who cannot afford the patient fees. Thanks to Rotary International, we have also received furnishings for our new patient ward. Now our patients have a safe place to recover from treatment, rather than being sent aware after care.
We're now working to build a central water system, connected to both a rain water catchment system and well. This will improve our ability to maintain a clean and safe environment.
The new ambulance has already transported dozens of patients to our clinic, and to the Lira hospital about 45 minutes away. The support of donors helps make this program possible.
The AUCF Team
Thanks to the support of many contributors, and our dedicated staff in Uganda, here's what AUCF accomplished in 2014:
In 2015, we're focused on bringing fresh water to all buildings of our health clinic, in an effort to further control the spread of disease. We're also developing an outreach program, with the help of our new ambulance. This will allow us to bring affordable health care to the people the the surrounding villages.
The Achon Uganda Children's Fund Team
In the past six months, we have completed construction on our second Staff Quarters building, and hired eight new staff members. This has greatly expanded our ability to treat patients. Further, we purchased an ambulance that is used both to transport patients to our clinic, and take critical patients to the hospital in Lira, Uganda.
Four years ago, AUCF dug two wells in Awake Village, changing life dramatically for villagers who used to hike miles to a stagnant pond, and making it possible for us to open the Kristina Health Center.
But as word spreads about KHC, more patients arrive every month, many with conditions that require serious treatment. We are thus taking on our next important project: bringing water to the clinic itself.
Today our dedicated support team fills basins at a pump 30 meters from the clinic and carries the water it to treatment rooms. Our medical team makes this work, but as anyone who has spent time in a hospital can tell you, a lack of running water is severely limiting.
We have set a goal of raising $30,000, the cost of this filtration and delivery system. Please help us reach this goal!
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.
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