Strengthening our community right now is so critical to creating lasting change for women and families who are still having challenges in accessing quality health care. Over the previous months, we have launched a community health insurance scheme whereby families are given an opportunity to plan for their health and access healthcare at a very affordable rate. This has given us tremendous breakthroughs in our fights against the malaria epidemic, Pneumonia, Typhoid, and acute bacterial infections and other killer diseases. However, with the introduction of Physiotherapy at Agonga health facility, we have seen lives being changed tremendously.
Through Karin's Physiotherapy Program, women like Evelyn are now able to move their hands and shoulders after a fatal accident. Thanks to Sajal Sen and his physiotherapy team who are revolutionizing treatment in Gulu.
Evelyn 48, a resident of Laliya, Gulu, fell off a motorcycle commonly known here as Boda Boda. This happened 6 months ago and she dislocated her left shoulder. She later visited a government hospital after the incident and was advised not to move her hand and also return to the same facility after two weeks for further examination to determine whether it was alright for her to move her hand again. On her return after the two weeks, the doctor at Gulu hospital screened her again and recommended that she could now try to move her hand with little exercises when she returned to her home.
Like many other mothers in Gulu, Evelyn didn’t know the right exercises to do and five months later, her arm still couldn’t move and the pain was worsening. It’s in these excruciating times that she came to Karin health facility for an alternative option. Sajal, our physiotherapist saw her swelling arm and quickly started her on therapy. “Don’t touch my arm” she exclaimed, “It’s very painful” She yelled out. Without proper physiotherapy, such accidents are the leading cause of permanent disability in the community. After one month of constant physiotherapy sessions, Evelyn is now able to move her hand without pain, she can wash do her laundry with ease and carryout her other daily routine with joy.
Since it’s a critical time for women and children everywhere, Karin has ALSO ensured that child health and rights are central to providing universal health coverage for everyone, everywhere. This brings us to another story of a resilient little boy called Jonathan. Unable to walk or stand, he was admitted at our health facility in Agonga with little hope from his parents that his life would change to the better. Thanks to Agonga Physiotherapy team, after numerous therapy sessions, Jonathan can now stand on his own and walk. In a few months to come, Jonathan will be able to run and play with his siblings.
In Uganda 1 in 5 persons over the age of 5 years has a disability (Demographic and Health Survey 2006). According to the 2002 Population and Housing Census, disability prevalence was at 2 per cent amongst children. And at least half of Uganda’s population cannot obtain essential health services. Month after month, poor women strive to create a life for their family that’s financially secure, healthy, and fulfilling. And month after month, we’re committed to giving them the best health care and tools they need to achieve their goals. With partners like you, your continued support means a lot for these vulnerable women and children. Together we can fight poverty and disease out of our community.