Donate for Clinic Medicine & Staff @ Uganda Clinic

by Outreach Uganda
Donate for Clinic Medicine & Staff @ Uganda Clinic
Donate for Clinic Medicine & Staff @ Uganda Clinic
Donate for Clinic Medicine & Staff @ Uganda Clinic
Donate for Clinic Medicine & Staff @ Uganda Clinic
Donate for Clinic Medicine & Staff @ Uganda Clinic
Donate for Clinic Medicine & Staff @ Uganda Clinic
Solar light inside the maternity hut - Sept 2022
Solar light inside the maternity hut - Sept 2022

I visited our Uganda project in Agwata recently in August and September.  I had not been to Uganda since the coronavirus epidemic began. It was exciting to visit our Agwata clinic once again and to see firsthand how busy it has become during the past couple of years. The adjacent maternity hut is also heavily used since there are usually three to four babies delivered there each week!

Because our clinic is in an area with no running water and no electricity, expectant mothers have to bring their own flashlights or lanterns to provide light at the maternity hut and bring along another friend or family member to help them carry any needed water from the bore hole which is thankfully right across the road at the school.

The clinic itself does have its own solar lighting in the delivery and patient visit area. But until now, there had been no lighting provided in the maternity hut where the mothers who have delivered can spend the night until they feel rested to walk back home the next day.

Thanks to your help through this project, we were able to buy a solar panel, wiring, and light fixtures which were installed at the maternity hut in mid-September.  Women in Agwata are very excited about this recent upgrade!

We're very grateful for your help in supporting the Agwata clinic. Please feel free to share this update with one or two key people you know that feel strongly about helping women with their health and giving newborn babies and good start in life!

Solar panel outside the maternity hut in Agwata
Solar panel outside the maternity hut in Agwata

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Nursing Assistant, Beatrice at Maternity Hut
Nursing Assistant, Beatrice at Maternity Hut

Besides being the main health center for over 5000 people in five villages and treating normal every day illnesses including malaria, intestinal and skin issues, coughs, colds and flu, our health center also has a maternity hut and can deliver babies at the clinic and provide a place for the new mother to recover for a day before walking back home with her new baby.

We've included a photo of the maternity hut along with this update. Expectant mothers are supposed to bring with them to the clinic all supplies that they will need for their delivery. It is fortunate that a bore hole is across the road at the school so the expectant mother does not have far to walk to get water.

After delivery, our clinic can provide continued care for the new baby.  The district health teams routinely come to our clinic to provide important vaccinations for babies and toddlers. Because our clinic is close, it is more likely that mothers will take time from their work in the fields to bring their children to our clinic for vaccinations and care when they are sick.

Thank you for your support of our clinic and its many valuable services to 5000 people including the very youngest members of our community!  Please share this update with friends and family who have an interest in public health and health care access for all, and especially for giving babies and toddlers the best start in life, and an opportunity to thrive!

Nurse Assistant Beatrice with Blankets for Babies
Nurse Assistant Beatrice with Blankets for Babies

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Cubu Clinic - Black Flies Infection Testing - Dec.
Cubu Clinic - Black Flies Infection Testing - Dec.

Besides offering Covid vaccinations which we mentioned in our last report, the Agwata Health Center also offers many other kinds of tests and special clinics to community members.

Most of the clinics are sponsored by district health teams which come equipped with tents to set up and the necessary items for the special clinic.  In the photo here, many people turned out for the black flies infection testing in mid-December. These clinics offer valuable benefits over and above the regular health services and medicines provided day in and day out at the community clinic.

Last month (January) saw a large influx of students from our Agwata school which is right across the road from the clinic.  As the new school year began, many students arrived feeling sick and needed testing for malaria and needed malaria medicine if the results showed "positive". 

Parents and students were grateful that the clinic was close by to the school, could be easily accessed and actually had medicines on hand!  Untreated malaria can quickly become fatal especially to younger children. We remain very grateful for your continued support through this project, so we had the funds to purchase additional malaria medicine to cover the high numbers of patients last month and continuing into February.

Thank you  so much for your support of this project which provides for important daily needs at the clinic through medicines and staffing, as well as responding to Covid 19 special needs as they arise.

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Agwata community members getting vaccine shots
Agwata community members getting vaccine shots

Our local community Health Center II in Agwata village, Uganda, continues to help the community stay healthy during these difficult times. Until recently, Uganda had about a 2% vaccination rate and in late May and June, most of its hospitals were at capacity treating patients severely ill with Covid-19.

Where Agwata is located in rural northern Uganda, it has experienced few Covid cases due to its remoteness. But nonetheless has felt extreme effects from the lockdowns, transportation limits, curfews, etc. as a result of Covid. So, our clinic staff and teachers were quite excited when recently in late September/early October vaccines were available for teachers and those needing their second shots, as well as other community members.

Agwata was fortunate that a medical team from the district came right to our local Health Center II to administer vaccine shots!

We thank you for your continued support of the clinic these past few months so that the clinic can respond promptly wherever and in whatever ways are needed to help safeguard the community's health and make sure that sufficient nursing staff and the most needed medicines are available to the community.

We encourage you to share this project update with friends, family and co-workers that might be interested in helping support this life saving health outreach to a very remote northern Uganda community!

Waiting in line for vaccine shots at clinic
Waiting in line for vaccine shots at clinic

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Nursing Assistant Beatrice at the Agwata clinic
Nursing Assistant Beatrice at the Agwata clinic

We are very thankful for our dedicated clinic staff including Nursing Assistant Beatrice pictured in the photo.  Beatrice has many years experience as a nursing assistant and is dedicated to her job and to helping Agwata residents stay healthy.

Thanks to your support of this project, we can continue to pay our dedicated clinic staff including an additional clinic cleaner who helps keep the clinic extra clean and sanitized.  A first round of vaccines were distributed in March/April but the supply quickly ran out in our district in Uganda. They are currently awaiting additional vaccines as Covid-19 cases in Uganda continue to rise.  

We are thankful that our Agwata school teachers and most of the clinic staff received their 1 dose vaccine in the first vaccine round.  We hope more people will be able to receive their vaccines soon.  Some people remain afraid of getting vaccinated. Our clinic and project staff as well as district personnel need to help with sensitization.

In spite of heavier than normal patient visits at our clinic, we are thankful the clinic continues to be adequately stocked with needed medicines. We hope that malaria cases will decrease as  the first rainy season should end soon and the next couple of months should be a drier time of year.

Thanks again for your support to help keep our Agwata community and school children safe in these trying times! 

Nursing Assistant Beatrice at her clinic desk
Nursing Assistant Beatrice at her clinic desk

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Location: Highlands Ranch, CO - USA
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Carol Davis
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