Next week our Executive Director, Angela Fee, and her son David, the Director of Operations (and author of this report) will travel to Awake in Northern Uganda. During our travels, we will meet several new staff members. We will work with a group from Nike--also traveling from Portland, OR--to host a cross country running meet for children. And, we will be working with the AUCF team to expand our HIV/AIDS services. We have offered basic diagnostic testing for several years. But beyond this, our services stop. Their is still a strong need in the region for ongoing HIV/AIDS treatment. We don't like to send patients away to another clinic--often over a 5 mile walk.
With your support, we will be able to expand the depth and breadth of our HIV/AIDS care, and service a wider population.
Aug 16, 2016
Achon Uganda Children's Fund - August 2016
By David Fee - Director of Operations
Family awaiting free immunization
It's been a very productive few months at Kristina Health Clinic. We've increased the size of the staff, in order to provide improved services for childbirth and young families. In addition, we're offering improved immunization services (as pictured below). The need for our ambulance services is increasing as word gets out that it's available to transport patients to our clinic, or to the hospital in Lira (40km away) for more serious situations.
Julius Achon is traveling to the US this week to promote a new book, The Boy Who Runs, written by John Brant and published by Random House. This book will help bring awareness to the serious situation in Northern Uganda, and to Julius' incredible story.
Several members of our Board and Operating Team traveled to the village of Awake in Northern Uganda. The goals of the trip was to review the recently installed water collection and plumbing system, review clinic operations, and build a chicken shelter. They also assessed the need for a facility maintenance program, and a fence to surround the property and improve security.
We are working to enhance our HIV diagnosis and treatment services. In addition, we are planning to expand our staff in order to offer enhanced birth and infant health services. These are much needed services, given the very high birth rate in Northern Uganda.
Also on this trip, the US-based team had the opportunity to bring musicians to perform at the clinic. This enabled the team to both promote the clinic and its services, and also build relations between the Americans and Ugandans.
Patient count is up, and we're improving the health of the surrounding area. Thank you for all of your help in making this possible.