Project #5154

Expand health care in war torn Northern Uganda

by ChildVoice International
Young woman who was treated at Punena
Young woman who was treated at Punena

A young pregnant woman struggled to reach the Punena Health Center. She was in pain, but she did not know what was wrong. She only knew she needed help. When she reached the Maternity Ward, a midwife was able to quickly determine that the baby was not positioned properly. ChildVoice staff made immediate arrangements for the woman to be transported to Gulu Regional Referral Hospital where she was able to deliver a healthy little girl. Today that young woman and her daughter are able to visit the clinic staff for regular checkups.

Many others like this young woman come to the ChildVoice Punena Health Center and are saved every day. The clinic currently serves 50 to 100 patients each day, administering tests, offering general treatment and serving expecting mothers.

Blood tests for malaria continue to be widely given as well as the treatment of flu, intestinal infection, skin diseases and much more. Despite the amount of lives improved and even saved through the Punena Health Center, there is still an inadequate amount of medication available for the number of patients served. Without medication, something as simple as malaria can cause death in a small child. The ChildVoice staff at the Punena Health Clinic are determined to never have to deny treatment due to lack of drugs.

In order to improve its medical services ChildVoice would like to have the funds to purchase more medication and in the future, the organization envisions expanding the clinic’s infrastructure to include a special ward for patients in critical condition.

It is thanks to the continued support of donors that ChildVoice is able to offer medical treatment to more than 30,000, prevent and treat illnesses and even save lives. Please consider taking part in the important movement to improve health care for northern Ugandans.


Pregnant women getting their free mosquito nets
Pregnant women getting their free mosquito nets

As the reconstruction of Northern Uganda continues, healthcare remains a significant challenge -- both at the national as well as at local levels. Thousands of people are moving back home after years in internally displaced persons camps, creating immense pressure on an already fragile infrastructure.

A recent dispute between the National Health Ministry and the District Health offices resulted in massive delays in drug procurement for government run health centres. As a result, frustrated patients had to travel long distances to NGO run health centres like Punena Health Centre for drugs and treatment. During that time, our patient load rose by over one third, and our staff scrambled to meet the demand for drugs.

Over the last three months, the common illnesses diagnosed and treated were largely malaria (due to the rainy season) followed by diarrhea and intestinal related illnesses which are in most cases related to contaminated water sources.

It was just announced that ChildVoice's Punena Health Centre ranked #1 among all health centers in Gulu District by the Ministry of Health! This award was based on an assessment of cleanliness, number of patients served, duration staff keep the health centre open each day, managerial competency, and data management. Congratulations to the staff of the Punena Health Centre!!

We are so grateful for the timely and generous financial support that comes through the partnership between Global Giving and ChildVoice International. However, we are continuing to run behind budget due to the increased patient numbers. Please consider a gift today to help defray these increased costs.


Dispensing drugs
Dispensing drugs

Thank you so much for your support for ChildVoice’s Punena Health Centre in Northern Uganda. This week, the government released a report about the growing coverage of healthcare for the people of Gulu District in Northern Uganda. In the area that ChildVoice works, over 75% of the population now has access to a health center which includes the Punena Health Centre.

Unfortunately, this only tells part of the story. While the government is restoring these badly needed health centers, they do not have the resources to maintain adequate drug stores and have not been able to consistently pay their staff. As a result, the ChildVoice Punena Health Centre has experienced an incredible influx in patients. Just yesterday, we treated over 300 patients, with some walking over five hours to receive basic healthcare. You have helped provide the necessary resources at a critical time.

Currently, we are only able to provide these services from 9 to 5, Monday to Friday. Continued support is necessary for us to maintain our current level of services. However, increased support would allow us to upgrade the amount of services. To open the health center 24 hours a day seven days a week, we need more medications, supplies, staff housing, and fencing for the clinic.

Healthcare is vital to the livelihoods of northern Ugandans as they recover from two decades of war. Please continue giving and ask your friends to join in restoring badly needed health care to this former conflict region.

Examining child
Examining child

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Organization Information

ChildVoice International

Location: Durham, NH - USA
Website: http:/​/​
ChildVoice International
Project Leader:
Conrad Mandsager
Durham, NH United States

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