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!
We thank you for your support of our Agwata clinic in Northern Uganda. The past year has been a tough one but we are weathering the storm with your help1
The Agwata clinic continues to experience a higher than normal volume of patients visiting it each day, Monday to Saturday. Most patients come from a 4 kilometer radius around the clinic but some may travel from as far away as 10 or 12 kilometers, usually on foot.
During this past year of Covid-19, we have provided extra support to elderly women living within our clinic's outreach area. These elderly women rely on our clinic for their medical care because traveling further away would be very difficult for them. As part of the clinic's outreach activities, we have had two different distributions of extra nonperishable food items plus supplies such as a tarp to help protect the women from heavy rains. We are scheduling a third distribution soon.
We've included two photos which show one of the food distributions to these women. They are very grateful for the clinic's support and the fact that is close by and they don't have to walk 17 kilometers to the next closest medical facility.
Many times, our clinic has medicines on hand when other clinics have no medicine. Since the Covid-19 pandemic began last March, more patients have come to our clinic for malaria treatment as well as many other ailments. We have also continued assisting the clinic with ambulance support during the night hours when motorcycles do not operate.
Our clinic has taken many precautions and strengthened its saitization procedures as required by the government to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. So far, we have been fortunate not too have many Covid cases in our area although Uganda's more populated areas and capital city of Kampala is experiencing lots of cases, many of which have dire outcomes.
All of this has resulted in increased expenses of the clinic for medicines, staff time, fuel to operate the ambulance, and additional personal protective equipment and sanitization supplies.
So far, we've been able to keep up with this increased demand due to your continued support.
Thanks again from the bottom of our hearts!
Our northern Uganda clinic continued to experience extremely high numbers of malaria patients during the June to August period. Normally, this is a drier time of year and malaria cases are less. But this year has been one of the wettest, rainiest June to August periods in over 30 years. As a result, many people got malaria.
The photo shows the front veranda of the clinic with patients waiting in line in late May. We have since purchased more clinic benches so family groups can be more socially distanced as they wait.
We are thankful for your support of this project so that we can continue to keep the clinic stocked with needed medicines even during this unexpectedly high usage period. At the same time, the clinic has been busy upgrading its sanitation proecedures and making other improvements which will be beneficial as the number of covid cases continues to rise in Uganda. So far, covid cases in the clinic's sub-county have been low.
We are working on completing the separate latrines for clinic patients to use which will be separate from the latrinces used by clinic staff. Our project coordinator who uses our project vehicle has continued to spend much of his time transporting seriously ill patients to the nearest hospital which is about an hour away.
We were asked to do this by the district since public transport was shut down for a long time and even now, motorcycles that people normally hire for transport have been severely restricted in their operation. And the weather has made some of the local roads impassable to motorcycles. We are thankful our project vehicle has been able to make it through okay.
Our clinic is continuing its outreach to twenty needy, older women in the parish (like a county) who need assistance with food, and blankets to keep them warm as the cooler and wettest rainy season approaches.
Thanks again for your support in helping the clinic meet the needs of the parish's residents in these challenging times!
We would very much appreciate it if you could share this report with friends, families or co-workers that you think might be interested in helping with the village's women and children with their health needs!
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