Bring healthcare to 1,000+ Awake Uganda villagers

 
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AUCF Run_December 2014
AUCF Run_December 2014

Thanks to the support of many contributors, and our dedicated staff in Uganda, here's what AUCF accomplished in 2014:

  1. The James Fee Memorial Patient Ward is open; the Kristina Clinic is ready to serve more patients with more severe conditions.
  2. We constructed new staff quarters and will soon double the size of our medical team.
  3. We acquired the region's only ambulance, which is in heavy use transporting patients.
  4. We raised the support needed to bring running water to the Kristina Health Center.
  5. The Fourth Annual Nike Run Awake brought hope and inspiration to 12,000 runners and supporters from Otuke District, Uganda.
  6. Our medical staff treated over 3,000 sick and injured patients, turning KHC into the region's leading medical facility.

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.

Thank you!

The Achon Uganda Children's Fund Team

Our new ambulance
Our new ambulance

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!

Clinic staff speaking to patients
Clinic staff speaking to patients
Staff Quarters nearing completion
Staff Quarters nearing completion

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

Julius Achon with new Ambulance
Julius Achon with new Ambulance
Uganda Newspaper Article: Patient Ward Dedication
Uganda Newspaper Article: Patient Ward Dedication

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.

Construction of Patient Kitchen Shelter
Construction of Patient Kitchen Shelter

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

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