Kagumu Development Organization

To improve the lives of communities through empowerment, service delivery and networking.
Jan 28, 2016

provide crisis health transport support in uganda

AGNES POSE FOR A PHOTO AT THE HEALTH UNIT
AGNES POSE FOR A PHOTO AT THE HEALTH UNIT

Summary

Referred patients from health facilities in kibuku district in Eastern in Uganda face transportation challenges to the hospital. The district lacks referral hospital and patients in critical conditions that need doctors' services are transported on motorcycles termed as Boda Boda to Mbale district Hospital which is 40 Km away from our facility. A motorcycle is not a conducive means of transport for patients particularly at night and rainy seasons. Therefore, the project is soliciting funds from donors to procure an ambulance ((Toyota Noar)) for transportation of referred to the main hospital in Mbale.

Current status

Limited was done in the quarter as detailed below:

  1. Made a local fundraising and the community contributed Uganda shillings 300,000
  2. Currently the organization has a total Uganda shillings 2,800,000
  3. Challenges
  1. The organization is faced with a challenge of limited funding to procure the Ambulance because the organization is majorly donor dependence.
  2. The money raised by the community is NOT enough to procure the required ambulance, it is in the bank being taxed bank charges on monthly basis
  3.  

Recommendation

All development partners are kindly requested to provide financial support the organization to procure the ambulance so as to provide effective transport to the referred patients hence save lives of the vulnerable communities.

 

Testimony from the beneficiary

This is a testimony from Agnes an accident survival when she was going to the hospital during her labour period. Agnes was narrated the story when she had brought her baby girl for immunization at our health facility last quarter. She narrated a story as she was losing her life when the boda -boda man he boarded was drunk and they fell down getting injuries on his head and legs. She is narrating stories that she will not forget this day because it was a hard time for her and she feels shocked whenever board a motorcycle.

The photo in this report explains what the community experience in respect to referred patients We therefore, your intervention to this is very important .

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Jan 12, 2016

Reatin Orphan Girl Children in Schools in Uganda

JANE AND A CUSTOMER IN HER GLOCERY SHOP
JANE AND A CUSTOMER IN HER GLOCERY SHOP

Summary

Retention of orphan girl children project in budaka distract Eastern Uganda aims at empowering 49 widows in commercial vegetable growing to improve their family’s nutrition and income to pay school meals and scholastic materials for 1200 school going orphan girl children between 12-18years. The 49 widows are empowered with modern knowledge and skills in vegetable growing and provided vegetable seeds, pesticides and spry pumps as a state up for the project. This is the third report and it is located on global giving website and our website www.kagumudevelopment.org . The report clearly comprises of the progress of the project for the last quarter with financial support from all stakeholders.

 

Current status

The following was done in the last quarter:

  1. Enrolled more three(2) widows to benefit from the project and they were given hands on farm training in vegetable growing
  2. Supervised and monitored 15 widows projects to ensure that they follow the recommended vegetable agronomic practices
  3. 15 widows harvested and sold during Christmas season
  4. Widows successful harvested cabbage, eggplant, onion, sold to the existing local market at competitive prices
  5. Currently orphan are in holidays and their mothers will pay school dues beginning February term one 2016

                                               


Challenges

  1. The organization is faced with limited funding to support widows to undergo commercial vegetables production in order to maximize production and sustain the buyers demand
  2. Some widows lack land and therefore, the organization hire land for them and they practice collective production.
  3. 3 out of 32 supported orphan girl children were defiled hence got pregnant therefore fore there is need to mainstream child protection activities in our project.

Recommendation
we submit our request to all development partners to extend their giving hand to the project to facilitate the implementation of this project in order to improve the social- economic empower of widow led households as this is the only viable project in terms of providing quick returns.


Testimony from the beneficiary

This is testimony from Jane the wife of late Mukama of Kachomo Sub County in Budaka district who died and left Jane with two orphan girl children. Jane was found in a poor state and had lost hope because her late husband was a driver and could provide everything and she was not used to manual labour like agriculture. She was enrolled to benefit from this project because she nothing to a part from practicing subsistence agriculture. She was among the first beneficiary of this project who was trained and provided with vegetable seeds and inputs to start vegetable growing project.

She is among the widows who perform well that she is currently a trainer of trainees. her harvest is always very good because she all the skills she acquired and she has opened up a small grocery shop in the trading. She harvest and do not sell to middle men but she sell on retail herself. She   started procuring from other producers and her income has improved that she can afford to pay school dues for her children and pay for domestic requirements like treatment, food, clothing, sugar among others

 

She promise to work hard and begin operating a whole sell shop and educate her children to whatever level they will need. she vows to take any man who will defile her daughters in court of law because her two daughters are her hope in life.

 

This is a true story and explains how our project works in respect to support of orphan girl children in Uganda.

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Dec 21, 2015

Prevent HIV infections to children in Ugnada

POSITIVE MOTHER AND HER BABY IN LAB FOR HIV TEST
POSITIVE MOTHER AND HER BABY IN LAB FOR HIV TEST

Summary of project activities

Provision HIV/AIDS prevention and management services to children are still limited in Uganda particularly in Kibuku, Pallisa and Budaka districts. With financial support from development partners, the organization is implementing this project and this is the quarterly report which stipulates the progress for period of three month that is September to December 2015 in     collaboration with our donors under Global Giving arrangements and the community. The organization and beneficiaries extend appreciation for the support from all stakeholders to this project that is in cash, materially, morally and in kind. Further thanks are goes to global giving team for the wonderful work being done. Achievements and challenges are presented and disseminated to our stakeholders for their utilization. Project activities includes; monitoring and evaluation, procure stationery for the office, facilitate transportation of blood samples for CD4 Count, Community mobilization and sensitization on PMTCT, contribution to health workers welfare, procure medical drugs and sundries and testing kits and procure mama kits and dissemination to mothers during their labour periods and delivery coaches

Current Status of prevention of HIV infection in children in Uganda  

EMTCT services are still very poor in the community because there is limited male involvement during antenatal and maternity visits. Supply of MAMA kits and gloves among other is inadequate in public health facilities and are quite expensive for mothers in private health faculties. In addition, mothers still deliver in the villages by traditional birth attendants and are exposed to HIV/AIDS.

In the last quarter, the organization managed to implement the following;

  1. Provided health education to 18 HIV positive women on family planning services
  2. Tested 146 mothers for HIV during antenatal visits
  3. 146 mothers attended antenatal visits
  4. 38 male spouses tested for HIV/AIDS with their female spouses
  5. 45 women tested for HIV/AIDS during their labour periods
  6. 43 pregnant mothers had safe delivery in the health center
  7. Made 3 trips of blood samples of infants for PCR-HIV DNA
  8. 87 mothers attended postnatal care
  9. 27 mothers received mama kits

 

Challenges

The under listed challenges still exist and need to be solved in order to realize the project outcomes and impact:

  1. There is limited organization financial resource. The organization is majorly donor dependence and realizes limited profit from its organization. Even the little are not adequate to procure MAMA kits for mothers during their labour period.
  2. Inadequate financial and material support by sub county and district local government.
  3. Limited support by local leaders. Local leaders are silent on disseminating EMTCT messages in public places. They think it is a preserve for health workers.  
  4. Low male involvement in EMTCT. Due to lack of community awareness, male involvement in supporting their spouses for antenatal visits is limited. This gives chance for rural women to seek antenatal services from traditional and unprofessional health workers.
  5. Inadequate of HIV testing kits and sundries. Some time we run shortage of testing kits.

Recommendation

All stake holders are requested to provide support to save the children in Uganda. Children being the tomorrows’ leaders.

Testimony from one beneficiary

This is testimony of Faith who is a mother of one girl child. The husband of Faith died of HIV she was when she was pregnant. She learnt later that her husband was on HIV drugs secretly and they were playing sex without HIV prevention method. After a short time the husband died when she went for HIV test, she was also HIV positive. She was very worried that she was going to die before delivery because she was very sickly and weak. She narrates that she had lost the guts to take ARVs because the could not expect any future in her and the child she was going to produce. She was counseled and enrolled in our ART clinic and provided her with ARVs to be taking at home. When our HIV counselor visited her he found she had lost hope and disposed off the ARVs she was given and her health had deteriorated. During her delivery she produced an HIV positive baby girl and she was very disappointed when the midwife informed her. The health workers counseled her and gave her education on positive living. Through a lot of counseling and routine home visit of faith by our health staff, she gained confidence in taking and providing HIV drugs to the baby. We are very happy to that faith’s baby girl is health whereas she is positive. She reports to our HIV clinics for ARVs as per schedule given to her with her baby. She promises to abstinence from sex to avoid transmission and acquisition of new infections.

 

This story gives picture of our services we provide to the community more so in our center III in relation to EMTCT and this is what is happening in rural communities in Uganda.

Prepared by

Samson Namwoyo

Project leader

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