Project #8025

Bring healthcare to 1,000+ Awake Uganda villagers

by Achon Uganda Children's Fund

At AUCF, we've found that expanding the services we offer attracts more patients. And treating as many people as possible is one of our primary goals. For this reason, we've expanded our services related to maternity care and HIV/AIDS counseling. Our patient count has increased significantly over the past 4 months, in part because of these new services.

In 2017, we will continue to expand the services we offer for Maternity Care and HIV/AIDS treatment. This requires a financial investment, in order to hire and train dedicated staff and purchase the necessary equipment. Thank you for your help in making these investments.

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.

Thank you!


Family awaiting free immunization
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. 

Local children competing in our annual run
Local children competing in our annual run

Each November, we host a track meet in the village of Awake. We work with our founder, Julius Achon, and local youth organizers to produce an event that promotes health, community and sport in the Otuke District. It's the only event of its kind in the region, and the local community now treats it like a holiday.

Last November, we hosted our biggest event ever.  Over 2,500 people attended, with well over 1,500 children competing in the run.  There's a cost to hosting the event. However, the benefit is that we see a sharp increase in patient visits in the months after. The event has become one of our most effective marketing and communication tools. We've seen a 20% increase in patient visits in the past two months. This allows us to treat more local people who are suffering from malaria, AIDS, intestinal illnesses, and more. While all patients pay for care, their payments do not cover the full cost. We need the help of our supporters to ensure that we can provide high quality care to all in need, regardless of their ability to pay.

Thank you!

The AUCF Team


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Achon Uganda Children's Fund

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​​home
Project Leader:
David Fee
Portland, OR United States

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