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Provide health care to 25 villages in postwar Gulu

by Karin Community Initiatives Uganda
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Provide health care to 25 villages in postwar Gulu
Provide health care to 25 villages in postwar Gulu
Provide health care to 25 villages in postwar Gulu
Provide health care to 25 villages in postwar Gulu
Provide health care to 25 villages in postwar Gulu
Provide health care to 25 villages in postwar Gulu
Provide health care to 25 villages in postwar Gulu
Provide health care to 25 villages in postwar Gulu
Provide health care to 25 villages in postwar Gulu
Provide health care to 25 villages in postwar Gulu
Provide health care to 25 villages in postwar Gulu
Provide health care to 25 villages in postwar Gulu
Provide health care to 25 villages in postwar Gulu
Provide health care to 25 villages in postwar Gulu
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Dear friends,

 

We are grateful for the support of our community over the past few weeks. As we continue to face the global COVID-19 pandemic, we are responding on multiple fronts including continual care for patients, implementation of infectious disease protocols and dissemination of public health information. 

 

Following the declaration of the COVID-19 outbreak,  Gulu district has set up strong disease surveillance and response systems including the district task force, security structures,community-based traveler detection and reporting system, has organized human health resource for COVID 19 management, quick communication technologieslikemTRAC, close user group phones, media/press and improved sample collection system through the Hub lab network. 

 

There has been some general concern about coronavirus in the communities. On Wednesday, the incharge, Anttimo, took time out of the busy schedule to speak to the mothers who have brought their babies for immunisation.  He demonstrated to them a hand washing exercise. and general overview of coronavirus. He asked at the beginning, who had heard of it, but many out of the people in attendance heard him and looked blankly at one another, few raised their hands. 

 

To demonstrate how long the hand wash should go on for. He calls on a child to count upto 20. The child excitedly counts up to 20 as he demonstrates washing his hands. He then calls on one of the women to demonstrate the same. Although most people are still not sure about this disease. The world needs to send out more messages about the COVID - 19. 

 

Uganda has confirmed 44 cases of COVID-19. With an already fragile healthcare systems any advancement of the pandemic in the community is likely to be devastation. There is already a lack of access to life-saving equipment, and the strain on this system is only set to increase. Our work fortifies these systems by remaining open, providing quality, affordable healthcare and employing skilled medical professionals in the communities that we serve. While many other NGOs are forced to close as ex-pats are recalled, our local staff remains. 

 

We are thankful for your continued support to show the people of this community that we are with them, even in this time of separation. This is a global challenge unlike any we’ve faced. However, we are confident in our model of empowering local healthcare providers and creating more awareness..

 

Thank you for your partnership

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In the past months, the medical team spent a lot of time in the community of Laliya village. The outreach team headed by nurse Bonny identified malaria and diarrhoea as important areas to test, treat and educate the community in.

“When we see more clients from the community suffering from a certain condition, we agree as a team to reach out in this community to address the problem from the source,” said Nurse Bonny. “The close partnerships that we have with the village health team, makes it easier for us to reach out to these villages. It’s our plan to add more services including antenatal care in our next visit,” he further explained 

In a bid to fight non-communicable in the communities, a clinic day has been set, once a week. The challenges of accessibility, affordability and availability of medicines to treat diabetes and hypertension has led to increasing numbers of this disease burden. This is made more difficult by the fact that few health providers are trained. It’s the plan to establish weekly clinic days and to train more health providers to handle more clients both at the facilities and in the community. “KCIU has taken the fight against non-communicable diseases seriously. The increasing numbers of clients with these related condition has called us to establish this service. We shall carry out more health education in the communities and on radio, “ said Hope the ED of KCIU.

The staff of Karin medical centres this quarter underwent training by EMR4DW- UK. The electronic medical records have led to less screen time and more patient time, easy – to – read summary puts the patient front and centre, designed to let you do your best, adjustable flow sheet controls, ordering made easy. “We hope to have reduced documentation and accurate data, I am happy that the staff have embraced this program very well,” said Antimo the clinic Incharge.

There is need to continously improve the services we are providing in the community. And this needs concerted efforts. We do not want to see the good work we have done go to waste.

We therefore call upon you to reach out to your friends and well wishers. To walk with us again this year with your support and prayers. We urge you to invite your friends to see more about the work we do and follow us on social media.

 

We also encourage you to sign up for a monthly recurring donation today. 

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Have a happy new year.

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NUTRITION

A healthy baby builds a wealthy family

During this month, KCIU aimed at improving the nutrition status of babies and the families where they come from as a sickly baby, calls for continuous hospital visits and hence spending. A number of activities have been carried out to improve the nutrition level and the health status of babies and their mothers

 

OUTREACH PROGRAM

KCIU through its outreach program has continued to deliver medical to areas with limited access to up to date developments, during this month, KCIU has managed to reach over 2000 people providing services such as malaria tests and treatment, HIV testing and counselling, and a number of other tests, further more during this program, KCIU has guided people on how to feed and maintain a healthy body so that they can raise proper families, they are also trained to save for life through the savings for health program(CHI).

 

MARATHON AND MEDICAL CAMPS

This year KCIU is holding its second annual marathon and this time it is coming with giving back to the community through health medical camps that will last for a period of one week starting Monday 9th September and will be climaxed by the marathon on Saturday 14th September 2019. The marathon is intended to fundraise for the purchase of NCD diagnosing and treatment equipment that will help in the diagnosing of non-communicable diseases to help de congest the referral hospitals in the Acholi sub region. The medical camps will be used to collect information through screening for NCDs and giving of startup medication if found positive.

 

NON COMMUNICABLE DISEASES THE NEW SILENT KILLERS.

Gulu district is a big district with very few health facilities, many people travel miles to go to the Regional referral hospital for just a glucose test or a cancer scan, many elderly people have lived with non- communicable diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes for many years and they only remember to go to health facilities when it is too late.

KCIU health facilities being strategically located in the remote sub counties of Gulu in Unyama and Bungatira would like to raise funds this year, through their annual marathon planned on the 14th of September 2019 and all the proceeds collected will be directed towards the purchase of NCD diagnosis and treatment machines to support all kinds of people especially the elderly who these silent killers are mainly attacking.

With early diagnosis, treatment and a complete referral network, several risk factors are to be eliminated and hence saving lives. Patients and care givers do not have to bear the pain of seeing their elderly family members die or loose body parts through amputation because they did not have money and means to make it to the referral hospitals for testing and early treatment.

Sadly, Ruth and her family have been traumatised by the recent death of her father, due to a related non communicable disease.

On one fate full Tuesday morning, Ruth hopped on a motocycle with her 64 year old hypertensive and diabetic father to one of the KCIU health facilities, she could not handle the pain her father was going through and tears kept rolling down her eyes. Ruth explained to the nurses that he had been convulsing and losing consciousness for the last two weeks and did not know what was wrong. On making a quick glucose test he was discovered to be very ill but KCIU would not afford any other treatment as they do not have treatment mechanisms for such diseases and the in charge decided to refer them to the nearest referral hospital. After three weeks, Ruth returned to the health facility to inform us that her beloved father had lost his battle to diabetes because of late detection and the disease had destroyed his inner organs. With the acquisition of NCD treatment components, KCIU will be able to carry out early diagnosis on the people living in rural areas and offer early treatment for such diseases. This will help check on the rising number of deaths.

On 14th September, the medical camp and marathon will be run to raise awareness about non- communicable diseases. 

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Beatrice had been suffering from severe headaches for days, using traditional medicines, with little improvement. By the time she reached the clinic, she was shivering with cold and hardly able to walk. Alex recalls the state his wife was in when they arrived in the clinic. He was glad to decide to bring her to the Karin clinic, the clinician was very competent and handled her case with urgency.

 "My wife was unable to walk by the time we reached the clinic. She was diagnosed with severe malaria.” Alex said. “They gave her medicine, and I noticed that with the intravenous treatment she was given, her energy began to return. She turned to me and asked where she was? Obviously, she did not know how she got there” 

 Alex is now more conscious of the dangers of malaria. He now realizes that he could have lost his wife if it was not for the quick treatment she received. He decided to purchase bed nets for all his family. He also learned that clearing around his home is important. “So I have to do what I can to ensure that my family is safe from malaria. I want to keep my children safe by sleeping under mosquito nets and seeking medical care if they get sick.” Alex added. 

 Malaria is a major public health problem and is endemic in approximately 95% of the country.  You can help to ensure that families like Alex's have access to mosquito nets, quality healthcare, and essential medications that keep them alive and healthy.

 

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A mother at Unyama maternity ward

In the previous year, Our outpatient diagnosis (OPD) for our two health facilities registered 3,453 patients for Agonga health facility and 3,360 patients for Unyama health facility totalling to 6,813 cases . Out of this, over 370 children have been immunised at our health facilities. Malaria which had the highest prevalence was at 1,676 higher than what was registered in 2016. Cough among children amounted to 826 cases and Pneumonia reduced to 263 cases.


As you can see, we are already on our path to building a healthier community with resilience. A community where mothers and children can access basic quality health care at an affordable cost.

We strongly believe that no mother should die while giving birth in this current generation. Bringing life to into this world should not suddenly result into an end of a mother's life. On 29 December 2018, 3 months from now, we launched our first annual fundraising dinner, a medical camp and charity run to raise money for equipping our new maternity ward at our health facility in Unyama, Gulu - Uganda. We were mesmerised by the huge support from the local community and other stakeholders. Mothers in Gulu now have hope for safe deliveries.

Despite the challenges, our continued community outreaches together with village health teams (VHT) continue to encourage mothers to take their children for routine immunisation. Our community outreach programs continue to play a vital role in educating families about nutrition. This explains the increase in the number of immunised children compared to the previous year. Outreach programs are also being used to senstize the community about our community health insurance (CHI), an insurance scheme we started to help mothers access healthcare at the lowest cost possible.

With your continued support, we are certain that women and children in our community will have the opportunity to access quality healthcare and live healthier lives. Vital drugs will be available in our health facilities and modern equipment will be acquired. When families are healthy, they are economically productive and can build wealth for-themselves.

Please continue supporting this project – you’ll help so many women and their families fight the malaria epidemic in our community and live productive lives.

Immunisation day at Agonga health facility
Immunisation day at Agonga health facility
Patients receiving medication in Agonga
Patients receiving medication in Agonga
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Karin Community Initiatives Uganda

Location: Gulu - Uganda
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Hope Okeny
Gulu, Uganda
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