Health
 Uganda
Project #8025

Bring healthcare to 1,000+ Awake Uganda villagers

by Achon Uganda Children's Fund
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If there's one thing we've learned in the eight years that we've been operating Achon Uganda Children's Fund, it's that it is difficult to operate an effective organization--and in particular, a health clinic--from over ten thousand miles away. We now know that we must be present, as frequently as possible, if we want to make the progress, and the difference, that we aspire to make.

This year, we've had more volunteers on the ground in the villiage of Awake in N. Uganda than any year before. One person in particular spent months at our clinic, providing support, education, and helping to allocate the funds that we collect. In November, and then again in December, we have two large groups making the trip to offer their support.  

In hte past few months, we've seen our patient count increase as the rainy season arrives. Also, we're almost complete with the central water collection and distribution system, which will bring fresh water to each part of the clinic. This is critical to providing clean and effective care.

Thank you!

The first action that the Achon Uganda Children's Fund took in the village of Awake in Northern Uganda was to drill two wells, in order to bring fresh water to the village. This has significantly improved both hygiene and quality of life. However, we do not yet have clean running water in the health clinic; we've been transporting water into the clinic via large containers that are filled at the wells. We're working now to change this. Attached is a diagram of the new water system.

Over the next two months, we will construct a water catchment system, a water tower, and a pump. This will allow us to further increase hygiene and quality of care. 

Thanks for your help in making this possible!


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The past few months have been busy for Achon Uganda Children's Fund, and our health clinic in Northern Uganda, Kristina Health Clinic. 

With the dry season upon us, the rate of patients has increased. Thankfully, through generous donations, we're able to supply medication to those who cannot afford the patient fees.  Thanks to Rotary International, we have also received furnishings for our new patient ward. Now our patients have a safe place to recover from treatment, rather than being sent aware after care.

We're now working to build a central water system, connected to both a rain water catchment system and well. This will improve our ability to maintain a clean and safe environment. 

The new ambulance has already transported dozens of patients to our clinic, and to the Lira hospital about 45 minutes away. The support of donors helps make this program possible.

Thank you!

The AUCF Team

AUCF Run_December 2014
AUCF Run_December 2014

Thanks to the support of many contributors, and our dedicated staff in Uganda, here's what AUCF accomplished in 2014:

  1. The James Fee Memorial Patient Ward is open; the Kristina Clinic is ready to serve more patients with more severe conditions.
  2. We constructed new staff quarters and will soon double the size of our medical team.
  3. We acquired the region's only ambulance, which is in heavy use transporting patients.
  4. We raised the support needed to bring running water to the Kristina Health Center.
  5. The Fourth Annual Nike Run Awake brought hope and inspiration to 12,000 runners and supporters from Otuke District, Uganda.
  6. Our medical staff treated over 3,000 sick and injured patients, turning KHC into the region's leading medical facility.

In 2015, we're focused on bringing fresh water to all buildings of our health clinic, in an effort to further control the spread of disease. We're also developing an outreach program, with the help of our new ambulance. This will allow us to bring affordable health care to the people the the surrounding villages.

Thank you!

The Achon Uganda Children's Fund Team

Our new ambulance
Our new ambulance

In the past six months, we have completed construction on our second Staff Quarters building, and hired eight new staff members. This has greatly expanded our ability to treat patients. Further, we purchased an ambulance that is used both to transport patients to our clinic, and take critical patients to the hospital in Lira, Uganda.

Four years ago, AUCF dug two wells in Awake Village, changing life dramatically for villagers who used to hike miles to a stagnant pond, and making it possible for us to open the Kristina Health Center.

 But as word spreads about KHC, more patients arrive every month, many with conditions that require serious treatment. We are thus taking on our next important project: bringing water to the clinic itself.

 Today our dedicated support team fills basins at a pump 30 meters from the clinic and carries the water it to treatment rooms. Our medical team makes this work, but as anyone who has spent time in a hospital can tell you, a lack of running water is severely limiting.

 We have set a goal of raising $30,000, the cost of this filtration and delivery system. Please help us reach this goal!

Clinic staff speaking to patients
Clinic staff speaking to patients
 

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Achon Uganda Children's Fund

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

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