New Medical Clinic in Uganda
Organized by: Matthew Foster
EVENT DATE Oct 18, 2015
RAKlife (www.raklife.org) is a 501c3 organization that performs acts of kindness for those in need around the world. In October and November 2015, our team is setting out to make a dream reality for local villages in the Mukono region in Uganda, Africa. RAKlife needs your help to make it happen. As always, 100% of all proceeds are donated directly to this life-changing medical center that will serve over 4,000 locals who have no direct access to medical assistance!
Beacon Of Hope has promised us one thing - at the end of this trip, we will be weary and we will be tired, but our rewarding act of kindness will impact and improve the health of its citizens. Beacon of Hope provides our dedicated team of volunteers any construction expertise required to successfully finish the clinic. We will also gain a very detailed understanding of how to be acquainted in Uganda’s lifestyle and culture as RAKlife is there to acclimate to this country's way of life while becoming part of the community.
We at RAKlife believe in making sustainable impacts in communities and with your help we can do so hand-in-hand with Beacon of Hope Uganda. They open their doors to the rural communities of Uganda, talk to the community members about what they think are the issues that affect their lives and problems they face. BoHU assesses and helps overcome the challenges of the community to ensure the community itself takes a vital role in tackling its challenges.
Their mission and development philosophy is based on the saying: ”help people to help themselves." As BoHU's team proudly state "Ownership and a taste of positive change and success can change a spirit and a life forever!" Help us empower the volunteers to equip the town with the medical center they have asked for.
Why Beacon of Hope?
The NGO Beacon of Hope's (BoHU) team is comprised of local volunteers in Uganda and international volunteers around the world. Isaac Ssamba is the inspiring founder who started his philanthropist call when he was just 14years old. While Isaac was working in a stone quarry to pay his school fees, he met an orphaned boy. Isaac adopted the boy and on the approval of local chiefs in Mukono and his mother, he started living with the boy who was struggling to earn a living and pay his school's tuition . The boy is set to complete high school and is still under Isaac’s care. Isaac’s dream was to become a Civil Engineer and during his time taking care of his adoptee, he had to pay for his education through working on buildings and farms. Down the road his calling was diverted to film & photography by one of his “bosses,” who was a prominent local T.V journalist. Isaac landed a job in a non-profit as a videographer in Mukono where he came into contact with many people who struggled with HIV/AIDS and related issues, many being victims of poverty. Isaac learned what the locals truly needed and how to run a nonprofit that actually made a difference in the person's lives. He also learned of the sacrifices it takes to make this happen. Isaac notes “I came to see the dire needs of people and how HIV/AIDS, Malaria plus many other diseases and Poverty was affecting them. I also saw that because of poor nutrition, even something as simple as worms could kill many infants and children.”
Through his act of kindness and the courage it took to launch BoHU, it has become one of the leading centers in Mukono to combat poverty and disease. BoHU designs and conducts programs that contribute to the welfare and social productivity of disadvantaged individuals and communities with an emphasis on children and youth. They address some of the most pervasive problems in rural Uganda, including HIV/AIDS, malaria, hunger, education, poverty, access to clean drinking water, and orphaned children.
In addition, it focuses on empowering the youth of Uganda with different skills and providing vital leadership training. BoHU operates on a non-political, non-denominational, and non-sectarian basis, welcoming all world citizens to contribute to our work and every Ugandan in need. We are proud to call Beacon of Hope a RAKlife partner and they help us to become global citizens through their generous actions to improve the lives of others.
Medical Clinic Details and Impact
We know how important it is to let you know exactly how your donation will be used for constructing a new medical center. This health center will be an outpatient facility that emphasizes prevention and education alongside medical treatment. In the future, it will add on the inpatient sections. The facility will hold one consultation and two treatment rooms, a laboratory, and a pharmacy.
The lab will have capabilities to perform comprehensive microscopic testing and rapid diagnostic tests for malaria, diarrheic conditions, diabetes, UTI’s, filarial (parasitic worm) infections, and beyond. Solar power and water collection will allow the facility to operate independently off local power supply, which can be sporadic at best, and bio-digester toilets will be installed that convert waste into by-products usable as additional fuel.
The facility will offer important medical referral and financial assistance to patients whose health conditions require them to seek outside treatment available only at specialized health care facilities or hospital settings – surgeries, chemotherapy and radiological exams are some examples.
The Field Patient Program will monitor the CD4 T-cell count of the HIV positive patients in the hope that by catching worsening illness in its early stages, drug regimen can be started to ensure the best long-term prognosis.
The health center shall open up a section offering comprehensive family planning services, treatment of malnutrition, and vaccinations. Forms of contraception will be available at MCWC including those offered through our Family Planning Education and Outreach Program, plus additional methods such as IUDs and long term implants which require a clinical setting for implementation.