The Healthcare project was started in 2015 with the goal of reducing prevalent diseases (e.g. Malaria, HIV, TB, diarrhea, diabetes, STD’s) and minimize the resulting damage. This is achieved using workshops, individual counseling and health talks. We give basic check-ups such as blood pressure and body weight and perform tests on malaria, HIV, STD’s and infections diseases. In addition, people are educated on healthier choices.
We want to simplify and enable the way to quality and affordable health care for our target group. It is very difficult to find a skilled and health care centre that will treat their patients with the care they deserve and need. Not just because of corruption, but also because of the lack of knowledge and materials. We educate the already existing health care centres and link them to patient in need of free and good care.
But the most important is to prevent disease from happening by providing free educational workshops and counseling. We spread up to date honest knowledge throughout the slums of Kampala and in villages.
- Vulnerable community members (Basically these are the poor people living in abject poverty with limited access to basic needs and health care)
- Minority and marginalised groups (commercial sex workers)
- Sick children and those at risk of becoming sick
- Pregnant women and their unborn babies
Access to good health care is very difficult and not self-evident in Uganda. The Central Intelligence Agency* writes that there is only one doctor and/or nurse available per 8300 citizens. Also, 2.1% of Ugandan people reach 65 or older and the average life expectancy is 54 years.
The best-known causes of mortality according the Ugandan Health Department** are:
1. Malaria (14%)
2. HIV/AIDS (10%)
3. Pneumonia (8%)
4. Anaemia (8%)
5. Tuberculosis (6%)
HIV is becoming less of a taboo, but still everyday there are new HIV infections. It is distressing that many of these conditions are fatal in Uganda when in the western world they barely lead to death. It becomes worse when we realise that the correct knowledge and materials could prevent these conditions and these deaths.
Identification of vulnerable community members and take action in improving their lives
Local leaders, teachers and social workers are consulted to get an overview of people who urgently need medical care. If we have the resources, we try to provide individuals with targeted assistance. Such as making it possible for a life-threatening operation such as Dinah, supporting a heavily physically disabled child or organizing a clean-up to an older woman's home.
Improving clinics and connecting neighborhood residents to these clinics
We are looking for clinics to pursue a good quality of healthcare and that are affordable, or in certain unavoidable cases. With these clinics we form a network. People from the community with diverse medical needs can contact one of the clinics from this network.
Establishing health education at schools and communities
The community, through sessions at schools, as well as elsewhere in the area, receive information on first aid, symptoms and the occurrence of certain diseases, such as STDs, but also hygiene, healthy food and healthy lifestyle play a role in the prevention of certain diseases. We also want to emphasize what can be the consequences of traditional forms of healthcare or untrained doctors and how to recognize them.
The information we provide includes:
- Good sanitary facilities
- General hygiene
- Prevention of diseases
- Symptoms of common diseases / SOAs
- The dangers of some traditional uses and myths
- First aid
- Disease / HIV / AIDS (together with the Condomwise project)
- Information about additional care
Promoting minority rights on qualitatively acceptable healthcare
This project will be a platform for raising the right to decent and free healthcare for marginalized groups. Prostitutes, for example, are battled by the police and excluded from common services, such as health care. Although we certainly do not support the activities of prostitutes, we acknowledge and argued, the right of these groups to healthcare and the right to support such professions and to choose another civilian, occupational profession.
All members of the community to access health care under the health project will be identified with the help of the local leaders who will identify members in the area, giving priority to those who are really needy and cannot afford a quality health care. Women and children under the age of five years are prioritized.
** Ministry of Health (2010), The Ugandan Health Department report, health.go.ug/docs/NHA_REPORT_FINAL_13.pdf