Apr 1, 2020

Providing care during the COVID 19 pandemic in the communities

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Dear friends,

 

We are grateful for the support of our community over the past few weeks. As we continue to face the global COVID-19 pandemic, we are responding on multiple fronts including continual care for patients, implementation of infectious disease protocols and dissemination of public health information. 

 

Following the declaration of the COVID-19 outbreak,  Gulu district has set up strong disease surveillance and response systems including the district task force, security structures,community-based traveler detection and reporting system, has organized human health resource for COVID 19 management, quick communication technologieslikemTRAC, close user group phones, media/press and improved sample collection system through the Hub lab network. 

 

There has been some general concern about coronavirus in the communities. On Wednesday, the incharge, Anttimo, took time out of the busy schedule to speak to the mothers who have brought their babies for immunisation.  He demonstrated to them a hand washing exercise. and general overview of coronavirus. He asked at the beginning, who had heard of it, but many out of the people in attendance heard him and looked blankly at one another, few raised their hands. 

 

To demonstrate how long the hand wash should go on for. He calls on a child to count upto 20. The child excitedly counts up to 20 as he demonstrates washing his hands. He then calls on one of the women to demonstrate the same. Although most people are still not sure about this disease. The world needs to send out more messages about the COVID - 19. 

 

Uganda has confirmed 44 cases of COVID-19. With an already fragile healthcare systems any advancement of the pandemic in the community is likely to be devastation. There is already a lack of access to life-saving equipment, and the strain on this system is only set to increase. Our work fortifies these systems by remaining open, providing quality, affordable healthcare and employing skilled medical professionals in the communities that we serve. While many other NGOs are forced to close as ex-pats are recalled, our local staff remains. 

 

We are thankful for your continued support to show the people of this community that we are with them, even in this time of separation. This is a global challenge unlike any we’ve faced. However, we are confident in our model of empowering local healthcare providers and creating more awareness..

 

Thank you for your partnership

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Jan 16, 2020

Need of more health care services in the community

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In the past months, the medical team spent a lot of time in the community of Laliya village. The outreach team headed by nurse Bonny identified malaria and diarrhoea as important areas to test, treat and educate the community in.

“When we see more clients from the community suffering from a certain condition, we agree as a team to reach out in this community to address the problem from the source,” said Nurse Bonny. “The close partnerships that we have with the village health team, makes it easier for us to reach out to these villages. It’s our plan to add more services including antenatal care in our next visit,” he further explained 

In a bid to fight non-communicable in the communities, a clinic day has been set, once a week. The challenges of accessibility, affordability and availability of medicines to treat diabetes and hypertension has led to increasing numbers of this disease burden. This is made more difficult by the fact that few health providers are trained. It’s the plan to establish weekly clinic days and to train more health providers to handle more clients both at the facilities and in the community. “KCIU has taken the fight against non-communicable diseases seriously. The increasing numbers of clients with these related condition has called us to establish this service. We shall carry out more health education in the communities and on radio, “ said Hope the ED of KCIU.

The staff of Karin medical centres this quarter underwent training by EMR4DW- UK. The electronic medical records have led to less screen time and more patient time, easy – to – read summary puts the patient front and centre, designed to let you do your best, adjustable flow sheet controls, ordering made easy. “We hope to have reduced documentation and accurate data, I am happy that the staff have embraced this program very well,” said Antimo the clinic Incharge.

There is need to continously improve the services we are providing in the community. And this needs concerted efforts. We do not want to see the good work we have done go to waste.

We therefore call upon you to reach out to your friends and well wishers. To walk with us again this year with your support and prayers. We urge you to invite your friends to see more about the work we do and follow us on social media.

 

We also encourage you to sign up for a monthly recurring donation today. 

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Have a happy new year.

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Jan 14, 2020

Launching Agape Christian School

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The school launch of Agape Christian School created so much excitment in the community. It was the first of its kind. This is an area that saw the worst of the civil war in Northern Uganda. Many young men and women were abducted and forced to become child soldiers. They missed out in education. 

The school had set up a committee to oversea this function. To the parents this was an opportunity to rejoice. To rejoice for so many reasons. But most of all to thank God for this achievement and for the opportunity their children were getting. The committe had planned many activities for the day, including prayers, plays, dance, lunch and speeches. 

By 6am, the children began arrriving to the school with theor parents. There was going to be a band march. They would march along the highway then to the school. 

The music blarring from the school attracted the local community to witness this occassion. The neighbouring primary school, wanted to rejoice with Agape Christian School. They sent a team of 50 pupils and music instruments to support the school with this celebration day. They do understand the challenges of starting something new. 

This year, two children graduated from the top class of nursery section to primary level. It was amazing! They celebrated with their parents and they received gifts from both the school and their parents and relatives. 

But most of all the parents rejoiced for the opportunity, knowing that with the school foundation, theri children were set for education. Many of them understand that education is the key to success. They are now hopeful that their children will for the first time get the much needed education, that they were denied from.

Akello is the mother of one of the graduants and this is what she said, "For me, this is unbelievable, I lost out in education, becuase during the war, we remained in the internally displaced camps. I got married very young because my parents died during the war. I always wanted to be a teacher. But I am happy for my child. I pray that she will continue to learn and become a great person in our community."

Friends we invite you to rejoice with us and the parents, for none of this would have been possible without your support. There are still more children who would like to go to school but their parents are unable to send them. 

I reach out to you to sponsor these children and support the school with books and reading materials. 

We also encourage you to sign up for a monthly recurring donation today. 

 

Thank you for your support!

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