RRHS continues to work towards building a health center that will be a great benefit to the Kabughabugha village. While they continue to look for avenues to acquire funding, RRHS has indicated the current construction needs of the health center and how they will move forward. Firstly, the floor is in need of being created before the health center can open. Covering the dirt floor with cemement will be an important way to keep the center sanitary by reducing the amount of dust in the facility.
Currently, the latrines are being used by the whole community. RRHS decided that the health center needs to construct their own latrine for the health center to increase sanitation, while also continuing to provide latrines for the community. RRHS is hopeful for the future construction of the health center and the benefits they will bring the community.
RRHS continues to participate in community sensitizations on a variety of health topics in the village. The outreaches are told in the local language of Lhukonzo to ensure the community members understand the information provided. Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment (FCDE) has rewarded RRHS a grant to pursue a community project that teaches RUMPS (re-usable menstural pads) to school children. The project will show girls how to make these pads as a way to save money (pads are very costly and often unavailable in rural villages). By having re-usable mentrural pads, girls are less likely to miss school because of their period, which encourages academic achievement.
Rwenzori Rural Health Services sincerely thanks everyone who has contributed and supported their community efforts, and hope through continued support, the dream of a fully finctional health center in the rural village will become a reality.
RRHS continues to diligently work towards it's goal of establishing a health clinic to provide services for those in rural areas with little or no access to health care otherwise. While still in the finishing stages of construction, RRHS has recently gotten a solar lighting system that will help provide necessary lighting. RRHS also has put solar lighting outside of the facility in order to provide security to families living next to the health center. Executive Director Charles Thembo is very excited about the lighting in the health center and continues to work to make improvements to the facility.
RRHS continues to be active in the community by providing community sensitization on a variety of topics. Recently, RRHS went into the community to provide education on breast feedings and preventing mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS. The community members were very active and had lots of questions to ask.
Recently, RRHS took a volunteer into the villages were they built rain water tanks. RRHS has built 54 tanks to date, with the hope of building more. We traveled deep into the village where people have little access to water. The mostsignificant of these stories was at New Hope Nursery and Primary School.
New Hope Nursery and Primary School is located in the rural Kiibolhu village. The school has approximately 150 students aged up to 15 years old. The school was built as a way to keep families together, as there is no other school in the area. Located in the mountains, there is no water source nearby, causing students, staff, and community members to walk over a mile to the nearest water source. Students were required to go fetchwater on a rotating scale, missing out on their class in order to get water for the school to use. Community members can also access this water to use for cooking and bathing.
Cosmas, a 13 year old student of New Hope says: “Before, we would come to school early waiting to learn. When we are asked to fetch water for the school, I would miss class while others were learning. I am no longer missing class work and I am understanding more.”
Since the water tank was built, there has been an increase in class attendance, and a decrease in illness. Classrooms are able to be washed regularly, and there are hand washing facilities on the school grounds. Before the tank, there was an issue with jiggers (small mites that enter the body through the skin, causing skin irritation, dermatitis, and sometimes transmit scrub typhus), but since the tank was built, this has no longer become an issue.
RRHS continues to do great work in the community, with the establishment of the health center being their largest accomplishment. RRHS thanks all those who have helped them in their part efforts, and hopes to inspire many to help their current and future endeavors to improve their community.
Dear RRHS Supporters,
We are pleased to be able to share the stories and progress of Renzori Rural Health Services (RRHS) work. It is exciting because RRHS is one of our first partners in the Kasese Uganda region and one of the success stories. The Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment (FCDE) supports local grassroot organizations like RRHS with training, resources, grants and direct personal support.
Renzori Rural Health Services (RRHS) is a Community Based Organization (CBO) started in 2005 dedicated to providing health care and health related services to people in rural areas of the Rwenzori Mountains. RRHS works to raise local living standards by extending health care services that are accessible to the community.
The ultimate goal is to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality rates, reduce congestion at existing health centres, and extend services to the rural underserved people of the area. The Kasese District status report 2007 indicates bed ratio in the District to be1 bed to 963 patients. The project will employ a Medical Doctor, a Nurse and a Midwife. It will offer both antenatal and post natal services to mothers and their infants, and curative services for the larger community. It will empower 20 young mothers to reach out to other women with information on Safe Mother hood, safe water chain, making Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS), proper nutrition and prevention and management of HIV/AIDS.
RRHS has initiated construction of a health center and health lab. They are now working to raise funds to complete the construction and equip the facility. Most recently they received a grant from the Norwegian Council to continue work on the physical infrastructure of the Health Center. You can learn more about RRHS through the link above.
RRHS has been an active part of FCDE's workshop series for over a year and recently completed another two-day training on Monitoring and Evaluation related to their project work. This continuing involvement has allowed RRHS to become more efficient in its work to meet health and clean water needs of the local community.
I hope these stories and this information inspires you.
Thank you – FCDE staff and board
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