The Nyakabingo Parish is set in the mountains above Kasese in Uganda, bordering war-torn DRC. RRHS, a local Ugandan NGO and FCDE partner, provides services to this remote area, which has limited access to potable water and basic health services. Among an ambitious set of health initiatives, RRHS is working to complete the building and staffing of a local health clinic. RRHS would be able to provide sustainable health solutions for the region with a focus on pregnant women and children.
For the people of Kabughabugha, the nearest health center is 20 kilometers away. Many are unable to travel so far for care. RRHS aims to provide more accessible services by starting a clinic, focusing on mothers and newborn babies, in the village. RRHS has engaged the community to lay foundation and put up walls. The current need is for plaster, running water, windows and doors. Once the maternity ward is up and functioning, RRHS will expand the clinic to benefit the entire community.
This funding will allow the health clinic to commence needed services to pregnant women and newborns. The clinic will begin seeing patients within three months and expand their services by six months. Subsidized fees will help with ongoing costs and RRHS members, who include nurses and health technicians, have agreed to provide care at reduced levels. Current partnerships are in place that administer clean water. Health education for the entire community will be provided as prevention practice.
RRHS has worked diligently to build partnerships with the local community to further its mission. The local school agreed to start a health club to promote health issues, a Belgian donor agency provided funds for water tanks, and outreach will be done through another local NGO. The partnership with FCDE will allow RRHS's organizational capacity to continue to grow and expand their impact. This means greater health services and outcomes, increased access to clean water and a stronger community.