Real Medicine Foundation - Uganda Initiatives News and updates from Uganda http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/ 2019-10-08T08:51:13-07:00 387 Receive Education and Regular Meals: Q2 2019 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/archives/2019/09/09/387-receive-education-and-regular-meals-q2-2019/ 2019-09-11T11:29:18-07:00 2019-09-09T19:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> Sylvia Nakiirya and Daniel Wakibi info@realmedicinefoundation.org PVTI Welcomes Dignitaries for World Refugee Day: Q2 2019 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/archives/2019/09/09/q2-2019/ 2019-09-11T19:47:47-07:00 2019-09-09T18:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <ul> <li>On May 13, 2019, Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (<span class="caps">PVTI</span>) publicized its programs in order to enlist applicants for the new enrollment period and to select the trainees most suitable for each course at the institute. The community was mobilized through advertising and posters displayed at the most strategic places within the settlement and the host community, including the town councils.</li> <li>During this quarter, <strong>69 new trainees were recruited into the program</strong> and are currently undergoing training.</li> <li>Orientation is held at the start of every intake to ensure that the trainees are acquainted with the vocational<br /> programs and activities. Before the start of the training schedule, a one-day trainee orientation was conducted on June 28, 2019, led by the principal and <span class="caps">PVTI</span>, with assistance from the instructors.</li> <li>During the orientation, trainees were guided through the institute’s 3-month training program and briefed on expectations for students, such as a high degree of concentration, as the programs run on a tight training schedule.</li> <li>The theory and practical elements of the courses were described to the students. They were also informed about the Directorate of Industrial Training (<span class="caps">DIT</span>) examinations, which will they will undergo to attain a nationally recognized certificate at the end of the program.</li> <li><strong>The previous intake of trainees took their <span class="caps">DIT</span> examinations on May 2, 2019,</strong> in all four departments (Bricklaying, Carpentry, Hairdressing, and Tailoring). The examination was managed by the Directorate of Industrial Training (<span class="caps">DIT</span>) assisted by the instructors. <strong>All 70 students who took the <span class="caps">DIT</span> examination passed successfully.</strong></li> <li>A total of 73 students finished their studies at Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (<span class="caps">PVTI</span>) in one of the<br /> school’s four departments: Bricklaying and Concrete Practice, Carpentry and Joinery, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, or Tailoring and Garment Cutting from the January to March intake.</li> <li>The vocational training program has helped enhance peaceful coexistence between refugees and nationals, as <span class="caps">PVTI</span> accepts applicants from both communities.</li> <li>Staff salaries were paid in a timely manner, which enables <span class="caps">PVTI</span> to maintain a highly motivated team.</li> <li>Both theory and practical trainings were carried out successfully, and the syllabi were all completed on time.</li> <li>The premises of <span class="caps">PVTI</span> were maintained through routine mowing, trimming, and sweeping, thus sustaining a clean environment conducive for learning.</li> <li>The team conducted follow-up visits to <span class="caps">PVTI</span> graduates to observe their working situations and listen to their joys and sorrows.</li> </ul> Sylvia Nakiirya and Daniel Wakibi info@realmedicinefoundation.org Celebrating World Refugee Day: Q2 2019 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/archives/2019/09/09/q2-1/ 2019-09-11T11:35:25-07:00 2019-09-09T18:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <ul> <li><span class="caps">RMF</span> has continued to implement our sports development program, which is promoting psychological wellbeing, life skills, and cooperation among the youth. <strong>The program has helped diffuse some of the tension existing between different tribes from South Sudan.</strong></li> <li><strong>Essential training equipment was purchased, including balls, sports bibs, uniforms, and cleats.</strong> This has led to easy identification during training and competitions. It has also attracted more participants to the program and created more confidence in the existing players because they are adequately facilitated.</li> <li>The playing fields used for practice were maintained and greened.</li> <li>The team conducted <strong>3 monthly meetings between the coaches and the project manager</strong> to discuss and address matters pertaining to the sports development program as well as plans for the continued smooth operation of the project. These meetings are often held at our field office at Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute and shared by the project manager.</li> <li>Coaches of the different teams have been meeting throughout the reporting period, which has helped them coordinate training activities. During these meetings, the coaches are able to evaluate their performances, and this has become an important part of moving the program forward.</li> <li><strong>Friendly matches and World Refugee Day games exposed our players to many people with diverse backgrounds and experiences</strong>, which not only opened our players’ minds, but also made it possible for them to assimilate into the host community and adopt new ideas athletically, which is an advantage for our project.</li> <li><strong>The team received visitors from TackleAfrica Hoima and United Kingdom, who came to monitor and observe the impact and performance of this project on lives of refugees</strong> in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement. TackleAfrica wanted to understand the initial stage of the project, its objectives, goals, and viable impacts on the lives of refugees, and to potentially adopt some of these project objectives and share their own with us.</li> </ul> Sylvia Nakiirya and Daniel Wakibi info@realmedicinefoundation.org All 70 PVTI Students Pass Exams: Q2 2019 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/archives/2019/09/04/q2-2019/ 2019-09-09T11:51:41-07:00 2019-09-04T11:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><br/></p> <h5>Medicine and Human Resources</h5> <ul> <li>During the reporting period, <strong><span class="caps">RMF</span>/<span class="caps">WCF</span> provided medicine, as well as medical, laboratory, and cleaning supplies for the health centers in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement</strong>. <span class="caps">RMF</span>/WCF’s medical support benefits both refugees and nationals who come for treatment at Panyadoli Health Centre <span class="caps">III</span>, Panyadoli Hills Health Centre II, the Reception Centre Clinic, and Nyakadot Health Centre II.</li> <li>Surgeries continued to be provided at the Operating Theatre in Panyadoli Health Centre <span class="caps">III</span>, with weekly theatre days. This has significantly reduced the number of surgical referrals.</li> <li>Successfully celebrated World Refugee Day, on which several activities, such as Ebola screenings and <span class="caps">HIV</span> testing, were held.</li> <li><strong>Conducted community dialogues on hygienic practices</strong> in Magamaga, Congodoki, and Bweyale from June 24 to 26. 165 caregivers (22 pregnant women, 116 lactating women, 23 non-pregnant or lactating women, and 4 men) were in attendance.</li> <li>Carried out Continuous Medical Education (<span class="caps">CME</span>) sessions for all medical and support staff at the health facilities, so that team members keep sharing and increasing their knowledge.</li> <li>Continuous immunization of all under-5 children living in and around the settlement was implemented<br /> through the health facilities and outreach activities.</li> <li><strong>Currently, a total of 1,201 students are supported</strong> by <span class="caps">RMF</span>/<span class="caps">WCF</span> funding in one nursery and one secondary school, including South Sudanese, Kenyan, Rwandan, Burundian, Ugandan <span class="caps">IDP</span>, and Congolese children/students. School fees for all <span class="caps">RMF</span>-sponsored students were paid at the beginning of the reporting period.</li> </ul> <h5>Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (<span class="caps">PVTI</span>)</h5> <ul> <li>On May 13, 2019, <span class="caps">PVTI</span> publicized its programs in order to enlist applicants for the new enrollment period and to select the trainees most suitable for each course at the institute. <strong>A total of 170 applications were received</strong>.</li> <li>The trainee candidates’ interviews were held on June 21, 2019. Candidates were grouped by department,<br /> and at the end of the day, the interviewing team shortlisted the best candidates. Of the 170 applications received, 100 applicants were called for interviews, and 69 trainees were accepted.</li> <li>Orientation is held at the start of every intake to ensure that the trainees are acquainted with the vocational<br /> programs and activities. Before the start of the training schedule, <strong>a one-day trainee orientation was conducted on June 28, 2019</strong>.</li> <li>Both theory and practical trainings for <span class="caps">PVTI</span> were carried out successfully, and the syllabi were all completed on time.</li> <li>The previous intake of trainees took their <span class="caps">DIT</span> examinations on May 2, 2019 in all four departments (Bricklaying, Carpentry, Hairdressing, and Tailoring). The examination was managed by the Directorate of Industrial Training (<span class="caps">DIT</span>) assisted by the instructors. <strong>All 70 students who took the <span class="caps">DIT</span> examination passed successfully.</strong></li> </ul> <h5>Kiryandongo Sports Development Program</h5> <ul> <li><span class="caps">RMF</span> has continued to implement our sports development program, which is <strong>promoting psychological wellbeing, life skills, and cooperation among the youth</strong>. The program has helped diffuse some of the tension existing between different tribes from South Sudan.</li> <li>We managed to organize two friendly games between Panyadoli Self Help Secondary School and the Danish Refugee Council team, one on May 18 and the other on June 15.</li> <li>The teams conducted daily trainings in the 4 community fields in Arnold, St. Bakhita, Magamaga, and Cluster K. The fields have aided the daily activity trainings, furthering the success of the project as a whole.</li> <li>The daily trainings imparted both practical and theoretical soccer skills in the players, and the mentorship element of the program instills them with peacebuilding ideas. <strong>Counseling is also conducted for players with mental illness or trauma due to domestic violence.</strong></li> <li>Essential training equipment was purchased, including balls, sports bibs, uniforms, and cleats. This has led to easy identification during training and competitions. It has also attracted more participants to the program and created more confidence in the existing players because they are adequately facilitated.</li> <li>The team conducted <strong>3 monthly meetings between the coaches and the project manager</strong> to discuss and<br /> address matters pertaining to the sports development program. These meetings are often held at our field office at <span class="caps">PVTI</span> and shared by the project manager.</li> </ul> <h5>Precious Children&#8217;s Centre</h5> <ul> <li><span class="caps">RMF</span> continued to provide financial support to the Precious Children’s Centre in Kawempe, Kampala, which takes care of orphans and vulnerable children. <strong>The funding from <span class="caps">RMF</span> is used to purchase food for the children</strong>. This has helped to keep more children in class and stabilize the center’s operations, contributing to the success of the school’s day-to-day activities.</li> <li>The students received adequate instruction, as most of the key needs and requirements of the school<br /> were met.</li> <li>The school administration has also continued to train and support this year’s primary seven candidates<br /> in order to ensure better results on the national exams.</li> </ul> Sylvia Nakiirya and Daniel Wakibi info@realmedicinefoundation.org New Medical Equipment Delivered: Q2 2019 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/archives/2019/08/31/new-medical-equipment-delivered-q2-2019/ 2019-09-03T09:20:21-07:00 2019-08-31T11:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <ul> <li><strong>22 medical personnel were trained in blood transfusion</strong>, with the goal of enhancing blood transfusion services at Panyadoli Health Centre <span class="caps">III</span>.</li> <li>Conducted integrated outreaches in hard-to-reach areas such as Kimogora, Cluster G, etc.</li> <li>Received dignity kits from <span class="caps">UNFPA</span> and monthly consignments of medicines from <span class="caps">RMF</span>.</li> <li><strong>275 (194 refugees and 81 nationals)</strong> attended sensitization sessions at the Mother-Baby Area.</li> <li><strong>117 Village Health Teams (VHTs)</strong> received umbrellas, solar flashlights, rainboots, raincoats, and backpacks to facilitate their work.</li> <li>Conducted a Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (<span class="caps">KAP</span>) survey on Infant and Young Child Feeding (<span class="caps">IYCF</span>), Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (<span class="caps">MCHN</span>), Supplementary Feeding Programs (<span class="caps">SFP</span>), and cooking lessons among care groups.</li> <li>Construction of a new pit latrine at Panyadoli Health Centre <span class="caps">III</span> is about 90 percent completed.</li> <li>Instituted an Ebola preparedness committee and continued to conduct Ebola preparedness meetings on a weekly basis.</li> <li>Conducted community dialogues on good hygiene practices in Magamaga, Congodoki, and Bweyale from June 24 to 26. <strong>165 caregivers</strong> (22 pregnant women, 116 lactating women, 23 non-pregnant or lactating women, and 4 men) were in attendance.</li> <li>Integrated services that benefit both refugees and the host community were continuously provided. For example, RMF’s surgeon works certain days at the nearby district hospital.</li> <li>Salaries, wages, and top-up allowances for all <span class="caps">RMF</span> staff members were paid in a timely manner. This kept the team’s morale high.</li> <li>Carried out Continuous Medical Education (<span class="caps">CME</span>) sessions for all medical and support staff at the health facilities, so that team members keep sharing and increasing their knowledge.</li> <li>Maintenance and repair were promptly performed for hospital equipment, furniture, water sources, generators, etc.</li> <li><strong>The health facility was maintained and cleaned</strong>, ensuring that the compound, wards, offices, common areas, and the entire facility are hygienic and conducive to healing and working.</li> <li>Continued to facilitate integrated outreaches. During these outreaches, community members are empowered with preventive health strategies and knowledge concerning malaria, <span class="caps">HIV</span>/<span class="caps">AIDS</span>, and more.</li> <li>In partnership with the Infectious Diseases Institute (<span class="caps">IDI</span>), <span class="caps">ART</span> clinic staff members were given additional training on <span class="caps">HIV</span>/<span class="caps">AIDS</span> management and also continued to conduct follow-ups in order to reduce the number of untracked patients. On June 11, 2019, the <span class="caps">IDI</span> trained staff on TB case management at Panyadoli Health Centre <span class="caps">III</span>.</li> <li>Facilitated <span class="caps">UNHCR</span> and partners’ coordination meetings both in the settlement and regional offices, helping to promote cohesiveness in operations.</li> <li>Continued to provide dental services to clients through the dental clinic.</li> <li><strong><span class="caps">RMF</span> procured and delivered</strong> sufficient cleaning supplies and tools, maintaining a highly motivated, well-equipped team of cleaners who continued to keep the health centers clean and neat.</li> <li>Provided sufficient laboratory supplies so that patients requiring laboratory services are tested accordingly.</li> <li>Provided sufficient stationery and printing supplies for the program, mainly to support the data department.</li> <li>Conducted nutrition assessment, counseling, and support training for people living with <span class="caps">HIV</span>/TB.</li> </ul> Sylvia Nakiirya and Daniel Wakibi info@realmedicinefoundation.org Special Instruction Prepares Students for Exams: Q2 2019 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/archives/2019/08/23/q2-2019/ 2019-08-23T18:46:19-07:00 2019-08-23T06:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <ul> <li>Purchased instructional materials, including chalk, pens, manila charts, and more.</li> <li>Paid teachers’ salaries and support staff’s wages promptly, which is one of the reasons World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina Secondary School has been able to maintain highly motivated teachers and staff.</li> <li><strong>Children who were ill during the reporting period received prompt medical treatment</strong>.</li> <li>The school broke for Easter celebrations on April 18, 2019, to allow the students to enjoy the holiday break with their families.</li> <li>The teachers held a beginning-of-term meeting on May 13, 2019, and the second term officially opened<br /> for activities to commence on May 19, 2019.</li> <li>We successfully conducted an <strong>inter-house athletics competition</strong> at the school on June 8, 2019. This is a crucial part of the learning process, and as it is recommended by the Ministry of Education, Sports, and Technology, it is a mandatory school activity.</li> <li>Children continued to be well fed during the reporting period, receiving 3 meals a day. This has improved students’ health and capacity for learning/concentration, and there were no cases of malnutrition.</li> <li>The children are growing, and most are entering the adolescent stage. With the help of senior teachers, <strong>students are given formative talks to help them cope with the challenges of adolescence</strong>.</li> <li>The school’s positive environment and reputation have been maintained throughout the reporting period; This is because the school has been able to retain committed, motivated teachers, thanks to the support from <span class="caps">RMF</span>/<span class="caps">WCF</span>. To accommodate the school’s growth, we have also begun looking into hiring more teachers and providing on-campus housing for teachers.</li> <li>All utility bills were paid and continuous maintenance performed for the motorized water source. <strong>This reliable water source has greatly improved the quality of life</strong> at World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina Secondary School.</li> <li>The beginning-of-term examinations were successfully completed.</li> <li>The senior four candidates sat for their pre-mock examinations, which are undertaken as practice for their final examinations.</li> <li>World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina Secondary School successfully attended the setters’ workshop, a capacity building activity for teachers in the district to ensure that students are faced with fair, objective examinations to prepare them for their final exams at the end of the four years.</li> <li>The school also celebrated various international, national, and church holidays. This included International Workers&#8217; Day, and we also conducted a visiting day for students during the reporting period.</li> </ul> Sylvia Nakiirya and Daniel Wakibi info@realmedicinefoundation.org 80 Children's School Fees Paid: Q2 2019 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/archives/2019/08/09/q2-2019/ 2019-08-13T10:54:30-07:00 2019-08-09T10:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <ul> <li>Buwate Sports Academy participated in an annual football (American soccer) gala championship organized by the Kira division. This gala attracted 5 teams within the Kira division, such as King Tendo Soccer Academy, Kikutukwe Soccer Academy, Kira Soccer Academy, Telstar Kira Soccer Academy, and Buwate Sports Academy.</li> <li>The <strong>school fees of 80 children under <span class="caps">RMF</span> sponsorship were paid</strong>. This was done in a timely manner to ensure that the students can report to school without interruption.</li> <li>Buwate Sports Academy conducted a follow-up visit to one of its beneficiaries, Kibirige Asuman, who, due to school fees challenges, opted to enroll at Excel Vocational Training Centre after senior four for a course in automotive mechanics.</li> <li>Wages for Buwate Sports Academy support staff were paid promptly, enabling the program to run smoothly.</li> <li>The tailoring department continued to register progress by <strong>winning contracts from neighboring schools</strong>. Tailoring trainees make school uniforms such as sportswear, skirts, dresses, and shirts, as well as school bags and ladies’ bags and wallets, which help generate income to support the department.</li> <li>Monthly formative meetings were held in the vocational department. During these meetings, the issues discussed include necessary repair and maintenance of existing machines and customer care service techniques.</li> <li>Regular weekend trainings were organized for children who do not attend boarding school.</li> <li>Buwate Sports Academy safely transported the children to play in different matches away from Buwate and Kireka.</li> <li><strong>Purchased essential sports materials for the academy</strong>, such as balls, uniforms, socks, and sports bibs, which was all possible through <span class="caps">RMF</span> funding.</li> <li>A routine follow-up was conducted for the trainees who completed their tailoring training. Many are now well-established at various locations in Kampala and Buwate doing business to generate an income.</li> <li>The project is building the confidence of local children who participate. In the past, Buwate children often felt inferior while with other city children. Now their self-esteem is high and they can express themselves. This is evidenced by the monitoring of the continuous behavior and attitude change of the students at enrollment and at the end of the program.</li> </ul> Sylvia Nakiirya and Daniel Wakibi info@realmedicinefoundation.org 101 Pregnant Women Served: Q1 2019 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/archives/2019/06/13/q1-2019/ 2019-06-15T08:33:45-07:00 2019-06-13T18:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <ul> <li>49 patients were transported to various referral facilities for rehabilitation.</li> <li><strong>Follow-ups were conducted</strong> for 96 beneficiaries to ensure adherence to treatment plans and track recovery progress.</li> <li>A draft of the physical master plan for Panyadoli Health Centre <span class="caps">III</span> was created, and the final plan will be released soon.</li> <li>129 clients with <strong>hearing impairments were screened</strong> and counseled both by phone and in person by a team of specialists from Gulu.</li> <li>Integrated services that benefit both refugees and the host community were continuously provided.</li> <li>Carried out Continuous Medical Education (<span class="caps">CME</span>) sessions for all medical and support staff at the health facilities, so that team members keep sharing and increasing their knowledge.</li> <li>The health facility was maintained and cleaned, ensuring that the compound, wards, offices, common areas, and the entire facility are hygienic and conducive to healing and working.</li> <li>Panyadoli Health Centre <span class="caps">III</span> was ranked the <strong>best in the country</strong> in utilizing the GeneXpert machine for TB detection.</li> <li>In partnership with the Infectious Diseases Institute (<span class="caps">IDI</span>), <span class="caps">ART</span> clinic staff members were given additional training on <span class="caps">HIV</span>/<span class="caps">AIDS</span> management and also continued to conduct follow-ups in order to reduce the number of untracked patients.</li> <li>The solar-powered water pump is continuing to run successfully, providing clean running water to the clinic wards and offices and greatly increasing hygienic conditions of the clinics.</li> <li><strong>Medical screening of new refugees</strong> at Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement was effectively performed during the reporting period.</li> <li>During this reporting period, <span class="caps">RMF</span> continued to improve reproductive health services. For instance, antenatal care and attendance were recorded at 88%, which is progress towards the <span class="caps">UNHCR</span> expected standard of 100%.</li> <li>A 50-kV generator was delivered to Panyadoli Health Centre <span class="caps">III</span> with funding from <span class="caps">UNHCR</span>, and we look forward to its installation.</li> <li>Conducted nutrition assessment, counseling, and support training for people living with <span class="caps">HIV</span>/TB.</li> <li>Weight-for-height, door-to-door nutrition screenings were conducted both in the settlement and the host community.</li> <li>The Mental Health department continues to register great success and now has client load of 298. Among these, <strong>58 clients were newly enrolled.</strong> During the reporting period, 8 mental health patients were referred to Butabika National Referral Mental Hospital.</li> </ul> Naku Charles Lwanga info@realmedicinefoundation.org 6 Players Earn School Scholarships: Q1 2019 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/archives/2019/05/23/q1-2019/ 2019-05-24T15:06:08-07:00 2019-05-23T03:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> Naku Charles Lwanga info@realmedicinefoundation.org Providing Meals Improves Outcomes: Q1 2019 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/archives/2019/05/23/childrens-health-status-improves-q1-2019/ 2019-05-23T19:04:20-07:00 2019-05-23T02:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> Naku Charles Lwanga info@realmedicinefoundation.org 73 New Students Enrolled: Q1 2019 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/archives/2019/05/22/73-new-students-enrolled-q1-2019/ 2019-05-24T14:50:36-07:00 2019-05-22T17:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>Since <span class="caps">RMF</span> took on the management of Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (<span class="caps">PVTI</span>) in 2011, over 1,000 trainees have graduated and are actively employed, either running their own businesses or working for someone else. Most of our graduates are refugees, and they are taking advantage of the Ugandan government’s “free employment policy,” which allows refugees to secure employment and move to other locations where their services are needed. Many <span class="caps">PVTI</span> graduates <strong>testify that this training has changed their lives</strong> from being dependent to being independent.</p> <ul> <li><strong>70 students are registered to take the <span class="caps">DIT</span> exams</strong> on April 25, 2019, to earn certificates that will facilitate further studies and/or employment at reputable businesses.</li> <li><span class="caps">RMF</span>/<span class="caps">WCF</span> has financially sustained Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (<span class="caps">PVTI</span>) and the operation of its four departments.</li> <li>The vocational training program has helped enhance peaceful coexistence between refugees and nationals, as <span class="caps">PVTI</span> accepts applicants from both communities.</li> <li><span class="caps">PVTI</span> has been able to attract additional partners to contribute towards the success of the program, including <span class="caps">JICA</span>, which has supported <span class="caps">PVTI</span> with the purchase of additional training materials on several occasions.</li> <li>Staff salaries were paid in a timely manner, which enables <span class="caps">PVTI</span> to maintain a highly motivated team.</li> <li>Both theory and practical trainings were carried out successfully, and the syllabi were all completed on time.</li> <li>The premises of <span class="caps">PVTI</span> were maintained through routine mowing, trimming, and sweeping, thus sustaining a clean environment conducive for learning.</li> <li>The team <strong>conducted follow-up visits to <span class="caps">PVTI</span> graduates</strong> to observe their working situations and listen to their joys and sorrows.</li> <li>Training materials for the semester were purchased in the required quantities and within the required timeline. Scholastic materials such as books and pens were also distributed.</li> <li>On February 18, 2019, <span class="caps">PVTI</span> received visitors from the <span class="caps">USA</span> who were accompanied by the country director and program officer of <span class="caps">RMF</span> Uganda.</li> <li>On March 31, 2019, Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute also welcomed visitors from Manchester University. They came with the Kiryandongo District <span class="caps">NGO</span> Forum team leader. The visitors were doing research on livelihood, and they also appreciated RMF’s efforts.</li> </ul> Naku Charles Lwanga info@realmedicinefoundation.org 1,201 Students Supported: Q1 2019 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/archives/2019/05/22/q1-2019/ 2019-05-24T13:32:53-07:00 2019-05-22T08:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><br></p> <h5>Medicine and Human Resources Support</h5> <ul> <li>Provided medicine, as well as medical, laboratory, and cleaning supplies for the health centers in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement.</li> <li>Continued to facilitate integrated outreaches, where <strong>community members are empowered</strong> with preventive health strategies and knowledge concerning malaria, <span class="caps">HIV</span>/<span class="caps">AIDS</span>, mental illness, and more.</li> <li>Conducted ongoing trainings for medical staff, cleaning staff, and health workers as well as on-the-job mentorship.</li> <li>Transported patients, including victims of war violence, to various referral facilities for rehabilitation.</li> <li><strong>Continuous immunization</strong> of all under-5 children living in and around the settlement was implemented through the health facilities and outreach activities.</li> <li><span class="caps">UNHCR</span> 2018 international audit was completed, and the report is pending.</li> </ul> <h5>School Support</h5> <ul> <li>A total of <strong>1,201 students were supported</strong> this quarter by <span class="caps">RMF</span>/<span class="caps">WCF</span> funding in one nursery and one secondary school, including South Sudanese, Kenyan, Rwandan, Burundian, Ugandan <span class="caps">IDP</span>, and Congolese children/students.</li> </ul> <h5>Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (<span class="caps">PVTI</span>)</h5> <ul> <li>A one-day trainee orientation was conducted on January 7, 2019, led by the principal of <span class="caps">PVTI</span>.</li> <li>The election of new guild representatives took place on January 25, 2019.</li> <li>Training materials for all departments were purchased on a monthly basis and provided on time, ensuring the smooth running of the vocational training programs.</li> <li><span class="caps">PVTI</span> has helped <strong>enhance peaceful coexistence between refugees and nationals</strong>, as it accepts applicants from both communities.</li> <li>The team <strong>conducted follow-up visits to <span class="caps">PVTI</span> graduates</strong> to observe their working situations and listen to their joys and sorrows.</li> </ul> <h5>Kiryandongo Sports Development Program</h5> <ul> <li>Essential training equipment was purchased, including balls, sports bibs, uniforms, and cleats. This has led to easy identification during training and competitions. It has also attracted more participants to the program and created more confidence in the existing players because they are adequately facilitated.</li> <li>2 dialogue sessions were conducted with the players to help <strong>build discipline and good habits</strong> among participants.</li> <li>Teams took trips to Hoima, Lira, Gulu, and Masindi. The teams also made a trip to Kampala, where they were hosted by the Airtel Rising Stars in Gayaza.</li> <li>Coaches took part in training on January 29–30, 2019. The training helped coaches improve their skills both on and off the field.</li> </ul> <h5>Precious Children’s Centre</h5> <ul> <li>Students received adequate instruction, as most of the key needs and requirements of the school were met.</li> <li>Due to RMF’s support of the Precious Children’s Centre, more children have been enrolled, and there are now <strong>387 children benefitting from primary education and regular meals</strong> at the school.</li> </ul> Naku Charles Lwanga info@realmedicinefoundation.org Vocational Training Department Registers Great Success: Q1 2019 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/archives/2019/05/11/vocational-training-department-registers-great-success-q1-2019/ 2019-05-13T15:55:10-07:00 2019-05-11T15:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <ul> <li>Buwate Sports Academy held and organized another match, called Gyagenda Gala for under-12 and under-14 children, with the help of the LC1 Councilor. <strong>16 teams took part in the event</strong>, including Isla Soccer Academy, Vega Light, Komamboga, Naguru Soccer Academy, Police Soccer Academy, and Kampala City Council Sports Academy, among others. Unfortunately, Buwate Sports Academy lost during penalty kicks.</li> <li>Buwate Sports Academy hosted the Ssekanyonyi Community Team from Gomba. The match was played at the Seeta sports grounds with a 3-2 win in favor of Buwate Sports Academy.</li> <li>The <strong>school fees of 80 children under <span class="caps">RMF</span> sponsorship were paid</strong>. This was done in a timely manner to ensure that the students can report to school without interruption.</li> <li>Wages for Buwate Sports Academy support staff were paid promptly, enabling the program to run smoothly.</li> <li>The hairdressing department was also facilitated and has attracted a good number of trainees from the communities of Buwate and Kireka.</li> <li>The <strong>vocational department continued to register progress</strong> by contributing a small percentage of income to the students as startup capital, and by purchasing some sewing machines, which enables students who have finished all levels of their training to start up their own business and generate a daily income.</li> <li>The Kireka Boys’ Team took part in the Kampala Central District’s 4th Division League and played against several strong teams. This was held at various sports grounds within the city, and in the end, the <strong>Kireka team took 10th place thanks to their great skills and talent</strong>.</li> <li>Regular weekend trainings were organized for children who do not attend boarding school.</li> <li>Buwate Sports Academy safely transported the children to play in different matches away from Buwate and Kireka.</li> <li><strong>Food and charcoal were purchased</strong> so that we could provide the children with a meal during training sessions and away games.</li> <li>A routine follow-up was conducted for the trainees who completed their tailoring training. Many are now well-established at various locations in Kampala and Buwate doing business to generate an income.</li> </ul> Naku Charles Lwanga info@realmedicinefoundation.org Students Perform Very Well on Senior Exams: Q1 2019 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/archives/2019/05/08/q1-2019/ 2019-08-19T13:24:41-07:00 2019-05-08T03:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <ul> <li>Purchased instructional materials, including chalk, pens, manila charts, and more. These are essential for the smooth running of the school, and enabled the students to stay on track with the syllabi and prepare for national exams organized by the Ministry of Education.</li> <li><strong>Teaching and learning continued</strong> throughout the reporting period without interruption. Teachers attended to the students as expected, continuous assessment was carried out to ensure that students did not fall behind, and exams were conducted at the established intervals.</li> <li>Paid teachers’ salaries and support staff’s wages promptly, which is one of the reasons World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina Secondary School has been able to <strong>maintain highly motivated teachers and staff</strong>.</li> <li>Paid the school’s utility bills, mainly electricity.</li> <li>All subjects, as outlined by the Ministry of Education, are being taught. These include mathematics, physics, agriculture, chemistry, English language and literature, geography, history, commerce, accounting, information technology, Christian religious education, and fine arts. The school employs teachers for all these subjects, making their expertise available to students.</li> <li>Children who were ill during the reporting period received prompt medical treatment. This was possible because of the standby medical staff at World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina Secondary School.</li> <li>The children are growing, and most are entering the adolescent stage. With the help of senior teachers, <strong>students are given formative talks to help them cope</strong> with the challenges of adolescence.</li> <li>The in-kind donation of toothbrushes not only benefitted World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina Secondary School financially, as this eased the burden of continually providing hygiene products for orphans who arrive at school without these essential supplies, but also assisted in <strong>improving the hygiene and health</strong> of our students. We were able to educate every class on how to use a toothbrush and provide the students with a toothbrush—an item that orphans or those from underprivileged families had seen as an unnecessary luxury.</li> <li>World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina Secondary School successfully attended the setters’ workshop, a <strong>capacity building activity for our teachers</strong> and other teachers in the district to ensure that students are faced with fair, objective examinations to prepare them for their final exams at the end of the four years.</li> <li>In the first term of the academic year, new students join the school; therefore, the head teacher and the academic team evaluated applications and selected the new senior one students. The new students reported to school on February 10, 2019 to commence their secondary school journey.</li> <li><strong>Term 1 successfully commenced</strong>: students were received, academic departments were supplied with necessary teaching materials, and the dormitory department ensured that students arrived to a clean and healthy environment, thanks to the fumigation and cleaning of dormitories.</li> <li>On February 11th, we embarked on the registration of senior four candidates, one of the requirements to sit for their final examinations in the third term. The students are registered early with the Uganda National Examinations Board to ensure that the process runs smoothly.</li> </ul> Naku Charles Lwanga info@realmedicinefoundation.org School Celebrates Donation of Toothbrushes: April 2019 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/archives/2019/04/22/school-celebrates-donation-of-toothbrushes/ 2019-04-25T07:52:48-07:00 2019-04-22T17:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> Naku Charles Lwanga info@realmedicinefoundation.org