We have very good news to share with you!
The year 2014 has began with a lot of energy. You may recall that at the end of the year review meetings held in 2013, we agreed to work harder to serve more people in these remote villages. We all acknowledged our achivements and agreed that there was still more that we could do. We are happy that the communities appreciate our work and this is shown when they come back to thank us for the services that we are providing at the health centres and how we are ensuring that adequate drug supply is available for patients that we serve everyday.
In the past months we have made it our priority to ensure that our stock out does not recurr. We keep improving our inventory systems and order time. Donations continue to be used to cover essential drugs in the health centre and to support the vulnerable who cannot afford health care. We ensure that we stock anti malarials, anti biotics, test kits for malaria, thypoid stool, etc. Making sure that our stock always includes children’s medication.
Outreach programmes are ongoing in one health centre and plans are underway to expand our services to other villages. We plan to educate mothers and community members about safe drinking water and sanitation. We also plan to provide drinking water to enable the children have clean drinking and cooking water.
Contaminated water and lack of clean drinking water continue to pose a big problem to many children in the communities, and these are recurring problems in schools and many homes in Gulu, impeding the growth and development of children.
Based on the clinical data and results, skin conditions, intestinal worms, and diarrhoel diseases continue to rank high among children visiting the health centres, contributing to nearly 40% of the cases. It is our plan to encourage mothers to provide clean drinking water as this will play a key role in reducing malnutrition, child mortality and to further improve their quality of life.
Many thanks to everyone for trusting in our project to be the liaison between vulnerable communities who need help. Thank you so much for your generosity.