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.
Patients line up early each morning at Kristina Health Center (KHC) in Awake village, Uganda. Since opening its doors October 1, 2012, over 3,000 patients have received medical treatment and the response from the community has been heartwarming - yet vital unmet patient needs remain. In response, Achon Uganda Children’s Fund is pleased to announce Kristina Health Center Phase II, which includes an expansion of both the site and the health center's ability to serve the surrounding population. Phase II will add a medical ward building and a second staff living quarters. An adjacent plot of land has been secured providing ample space for expansion.
An average of 500 patients are treated monthly at KHC. Many of these patients travel several kilometers, all by foot or bicycle, for treatment. A number require over night observation and/or multi-day treatment regimens including administration of IV medication, and recuperation, before they can return home or be transferred to Lira Regional Hospital. Currently, makeshift accommodations are provided; two of the clinic rooms as well as the lobby have been pressed into service and local villager's huts are used, as well, to house patients overnight. KHC Phase II will add an 18 bed medical ward to accommodate such patient needs. Additional staff will be hired to manage this expansion of services.
Phase II will also include construction of a second living quarters for additional permanent staff and visiting medical volunteers. KHC is 42 miles (1-1.5 hours depending upon the roads) from the nearest town, Lira. As a result it is impractical for medical staff and volunteers to commute daily from Lira to KHC and back for an extended period of time. Visiting medical volunteers will supplement the care provided by permanent staff and offer specialized services such as dentistry, and other medical specialties. In addition, visiting and resident staff will share best practices. The volunteer program is of increasing importance since, for the past 30 months, there has been no physician in Otuke District, with a population of 100,000+ people, where KHC is located. Currently, any patient requiring advanced medical care must travel to Lira Regional Hospital in order to see a physician - and the hospital is severely understaffed.
Thanks to the generosity of GlobalGiving donors and others, half of the $195,000 required to complete Phase II has been raised. We ask for your continued support for the people of Awake village and Northern Uganda. As Julius likes to say “a $1.00 donation will buy 10 bricks to help build our health center; a little goes a long way in Uganda”.
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