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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