Rwenzori Rural Health Services - an FCDE Partner

 
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Rwenzori Rural Health Services (RRHS) extends its appreciation to all the Global Givers who supported our community clinic here in Kasese, Uganda. We received a donation of $42 from GlobalGiving and this donation was a blessing to us because we were able to buy paint and painted the labour room in the clinic.

 

This is an update on our impact over the last few months (from January to March, 2015). Your support has helped touch the lives of about 3,500 people!

 

Here is a little more detailed information:

  • 47 women received antenatal care services at our clinic
  • 5 children were delivered at the clinic successfully; both the mothers and babies are healthy and thriving!
  • 76 community members visited the clinic for treatment of various health conditions
  • In a survey we conducted in February 2015, we found that 50% of our community members are now aware of the importance of delivering under the attention of trained health workers.
  • Community members were involved in discussions about future plans for the clinic

 

Community Involvement:

Our community members helped identify and designed a gravity flow structure that will provide clean water to the clinic and help improve hygiene and sanitation.

 

Additionally, the community started an Independent Savings and Credit Scheme to help needy patients pay the user fees at the clinic. Rwenzori Rural Health Services staff are now sensitizing people on the culture of savings and giving credits among themselves.

 

Here are some stories from our community members:

 

  1. One of the community members brought his daughter who was severely sick to our clinic. He said the following about his visit: “I was warmly welcomed by the health workers at RRHS Clinic. I was thinking that my daughter was again going to be referred to Kilembe hospital but the nurses did a great job to treat her. The nurses monitored and recorded the temperatures of the patient frequently and gave treatment at the respective times. I was very pleased to see a greater improvement on my daughter. She was discharged after three days. I thank the management of RRHS clinic for starting this health facility in this rural area. My daughter was well cared for and she is now fine”.
  2. The  daughter who was sick also had this to say. “When I got sick, my father took me for treatment. I was not in my senses when I arrived at the clinic. When I gained my senses, I thought I was in Kilembe Hospital because of the good looking clinic walls. The clinic had changed than before when it was only plastered. There is a great improvement in the way RRHS clinic looks compared to other hospitals/clinics I have visited”.
  3. Another community member also said, “In the past, I needed to sell some of my personal belongings in order to take my sick children to a health facility. I thank the management of RRHS Clinic which has established a savings and credit scheme in this community. Today, when I take my child to RRHS Clinic, I find it very easy to borrow some money from the community savings and credit scheme and I am able to pay the clinic user fees. Thank you so much RRHS for stating this kind of initiative.”

 

Thank you very much for your support! We hope that you will continue to support our efforts to improve the quality of healthcare in Kasese District of Western Uganda!.

RRHS continues to improve health in a rural community:

 Rwenzori Rural Health Services (RRHS), extends its appreciation to you for supporting the community clinic. This is an update of the impact that has been created in the period of October 20th 2014 to 7th January 2015 through your support where the lives of about 3,500 people have continued to be touched.

 Here is some progress and impact realized between the period of October 20th 2014 to early January 2015:

  • 61 women received antenatal care services
  • 8 deliveries were performed
  • 111 community members visited the clinic for treatment of other diseases.
  • At least 40% of the community members are now aware of importance of delivering under the attention of trained health workers because they can mention 2-3 effects of delivering without the assistance of a trained health worker.
  • 30% of the women who came for antennal care services were accompanied by their husbands which is a great improvement compared to the past where none of the husbands accompanied their wives to attend antenatal care services.
  • Community members continued to plan for the clinic where they agreed to pay subsidized costs for the services they get at the clinic.
  • A total of $590 was collected from the community members for the use of the clinic services. These funds were used to buy drugs and supplies and paid the wages for the full time health worker and other support staff at the clinic. This ensures sustainability of the clinic.
  • The clinic pit latrine was improved by installing a sato pan that keeps the smell inside and stops the flies fro entering

 

Despite the successful running of the clinic, a lot is still lacking in terms of purchasing some equipment which is beyond the capacity of the community.

 

We’re continuing to seek funding to:

  1. Purchase more equipment and materials like bed frames and mattresses because some patients still sleep down on mattresses with on bed frames
  2. Paint the clinic walls
  3. Purchase patient’s seats and furniture for proper medical storage
  4. Purchase baby weighing scale
  5. Complete the ceiling that reduces direct heat from the roof to protect the drugs and patients
  6. Purchase a refrigerator to keep injectable and gas cylinder to provide power to the refrigerator in a rural setting

 

Once these equipment are obtained, the clinic will provide quality services.

 

Thank you very much for your support.

 

Take a look at the photos attached to have the feel of what has taken place.

 

RRHS and FCDE staff.

Hand washing point inside clinic
Hand washing point inside clinic's compound

Dear Partners in Development,

Since our last report posted on July 2014, RRHS has been slowly but surely making progress.

Towards the end of August, RRHS received a one-time donation of around $480 USD from Mr. Sorel, an RRHS supporter in Belgium. One fo the main reasons Mr. Sorel made the donation was because of the opening of the health clinic (enabled by funds raised from supporters on GlobalGiving, thank you!)  

The money donated by Mr. Sorel was used to improve the clinic's hygiene system.  We are so happy to share that there is now a handwashing point within the compound (outside in the yard), as well as one interior sink in the delivery room. Moreover, part of the donation was used to purchase medicines while the remaining amount helped complete flooring and ceiling for yet another room. 

Here's a few fun statistics from the past three months:

  • 57 women received antenatal care services
  • 6 deliveries were performed
  • 30 community members visited the clinic for treatment of other diseases like malaria
  • ongoing community sensitization took place regarding:  1) the importance of delivering under the attention of a health worker; 2) the importance for men to accompany their wives on antennal check-ups.

While some of the community sensitization efforts are not immediately quantifiable, we did hear from a community member, Mr. Annestazia, who shared:

RRHS has extended a service that we have been missing for long in our community. ... I have not been accompanying my wife to the health center for antennal services when she is pregnant. But since RRHS health workers at the maternity center started teaching us about the importance of going with your partner for antenatal care, I have started accompanying her.I have learnt that I am supposed to prepare for my wife when she is going to deliver because I should also show responsibility in waiting for the baby. I have ensured that by the time my wife goes to deliver, she should have sterile gloves, rozer blades, cotton, basins, and clothes for the coming baby."

 

Although RRHS Clinic is running, it is still lacking a number of things in order to provide quality services to the community and to be able to operate in line with the Ugandan Health Policies and Guidelines.

We're continuing to seek funding to:

  1. Purchase more basic drugs and equipments in general
  2. Paint the clinic walls
  3. Purchase patient seats and furniture for proper medical storage
  4. Complete the ceiling that reduces direct heat from the roof to protect the drugs and patients 
  5. Purchase a refrigerator to keep injectables such as ceftriaxone, laboratory reagents (like widal), and a gas cylinder to provide power to the refrigerator in a rural setting

RRHS is struggling to mobilize for more resources to equip the clinic with the appropriate basic drugs and equipment for better service provision.  Please help pass along our story and efforts!  

Thank you again for being our partner in development!

RRHS and FCDE staff

Sink in delivery room
Sink in delivery room
medicines
medicines
Health Sensitization to Communities
Health Sensitization to Communities

After 3 years of relentless efforts, on June 29th, RRHS and the surrounding communities gathered to celebrate the official opening of its rural health clinic.  Hooray!!  The joy and pride of such an achievement was immeasurable and shined clearly through everyone's faces.

Over 70 people gathered to commemorate this momentous day.  But festivities were not the only items on the agenda.  Health services. The local nurse wasted no time and provided 20 women their first antenatal exam on that opening day!

Ms. Meresi, an 8-month pregnant soon-to-be mother, shared how her normal routine (at least for her previous 4 children) was to wait until delivery time to get that much needed health exam.  The 3-hour walk for her was just too exhausting.  “I decided to keep at home till I deliver because it becomes tiresome walking long distances time and again to go for antenatal checkup," shared Ms. Meresi.

Now, women like her, no longer have to walk 3 hours just to get an antenatal exam or to deliver their babies.  In fact, since the opening of the clinic less than a month ago, 35 women have received antenatal exams and four babies have been successfully delivered!

These achievements have been made possible because of the $295 fundraised so far on globalgiving; the $550 donation fundraised by the RRHS Board; equipment donations from Direct Relief International, and of course, all the sweat and hard work put in by the community members!

Yet, despite these achievements, RRHS and the five villages the clinic serves still have a long way to go. 

Kiima Charles, the Executive Director of RRHS, shared that more funding is needed for the following critical items:

  • Buy a refrigerator and power generator to keep vaccines and medicines cool
  • Install a ceiling to reduce heat from the roof
  • Help fund the nurse's salary while RRHS lobbies the local government to allocate a paid nurse to this community health clinic
  • Paint the clinic's walls
  • Buy furniture for medical storage
  • Buy patient seats
  • Ensure a sufficient supply of basic drugs and medicines (with future supplies purchased using patient fees)

Every little bit can help.  We are asking that you please take the following action:

a) Please help us spread the word and forward this project to your family and friends.

b) Make a small donation.  Even $20 can help save many lives!

Thank you so much for your continual support!

With gratitude,

FCDE and RRHS staff

  

Midwife at work
Midwife at work
Nurse examining patient, taking body temperature
Nurse examining patient, taking body temperature

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Mother with baby outside health clinic.
Mother with baby outside health clinic.

Dear friends-

On behalf of our partners at Rwenzori Rural Health Services (RRHS), we want to sincerely thank each of you for helping RRHS advance one-step closer towards their dream of opening a rural health clinic.

Once the clinic is in full operation, 5 rural villages totaling around 3500 lives will be touched.

Imagine a pregnant woman having to walk 3 hours just for a prenatal check-up. Or worse, imagine a delivery complication, where every second counts. What if we can reduce 3 hours to just 30 minutes? That, is the reason and urgency for the creation of this health clinic.

In February, with the donations RRHS has received thus far, volunteers from RRHS and nearby communities began the flooring work. For 6 hours, the whole community came together, working tirelessly to advance the construction of the health clinic.

In addition to the completion of the clinic floor, RRHS is in the process of receiving equipment donation from another one of its international development partners- Direct Relief International. Thank you DRI!

With the flooring completed and basic medical equipment such as microscopes and thermometers on its way, RRHS is ready to officially open the health clinic. And guess what? That big day is literally just around the corner - May 15th - less than a month away!

Stay tuned for our next report; in the mean time, take a look at the new clinic floor photos below!

Thank you all again for your support!

Kindly,

FCDE & RRHS team

Community members constructing clinic floor.
Community members constructing clinic floor.
Health Clinic Pre-Flooring Work
Health Clinic Pre-Flooring Work
New clinic floor, no more dust - awesome!
New clinic floor, no more dust - awesome!

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Eric Younger

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