Real Medicine Foundation - Uganda Initiatives News and updates from Uganda http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/ 2019-06-15T08:33:45-07:00 101 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/ 2019-05-08T18:22:49-07:00 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 184 Assessed for Malnutrition: Q4 2018 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/archives/2019/04/18/q4-2018/ 2019-04-19T12:13:02-07:00 2019-04-18T18:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <ul> <li>30 inpatient beds were repaired at Panyadoli Health Centre <span class="caps">III</span>.</li> <li>Conducted care group approach training for 300 volunteers (125 refugees and 175 nationals), both male and female.</li> <li>Conducted drama shows in the community as part of our World <span class="caps">AIDS</span> Day celebrations.</li> <li>354 people (31 pregnant, 196 lactating, and 94 non-pregnant or lactating women, as well as 33 men) attended a community dialogue on fistula, facilitated by the <span class="caps">EPI</span> focal person at Panyadoli Health Centre <span class="caps">III</span>.</li> <li>Transport was provided to 105 clients (25 male and 80 female) with war violence-related illnesses: 101 (23 male and 78 female) were referred to St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor, 4 (2 male and 2 female) were referred to <span class="caps">CORSU</span> in Kisubi, and 2 (1 male and1 female) underwent orthopedic surgery at <span class="caps">CORSU</span>.</li> <li><strong>Supported integrated outreaches</strong> in the settlement and host community where a range of services were offered, such as family planning services, <span class="caps">HIV</span>/<span class="caps">AIDS</span> testing and counseling, and cervical vaccination.</li> <li><span class="caps">RMF</span> procured and delivered sufficient cleaning supplies and tools, maintaining a highly motivated, wellequipped 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>On-the-job mentorship is ongoing at the health facilities.</li> <li>All patients that came to the health facilities received treatment, and those whose conditions were beyond the capacity of the health facilities were referred accordingly.</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>Carried out <strong>Continuous Medical Education</strong> (<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>Continued tracing patients on <span class="caps">ARV</span> treatment and following up with those who have defaulted so that they can be restarted on <span class="caps">ART</span>.</li> <li>There is ongoing door-to-door, active case finding for TB patients, which started on November 9, 2018 through funds from <span class="caps">IGAD</span> in partnership with <span class="caps">RMF</span>. 14 new patients (9 refugees and 5 nationals) have been identified as testing positive for TB through this outreach.</li> <li>Continuous in-house training on medical waste management and occupational hazards was conducted for the cleaners.</li> <li>Facilitated <span class="caps">UNHCR</span> and partners’ coordination meetings both in the settlement and in regional offices, helping to promote cohesiveness in operations.</li> <li>Continued <strong>facilitating demonstration gardens</strong> at Panyadoli Health Centre <span class="caps">III</span> as part of our growing Nutrition department.</li> <li>Continued to provide dental services to clients through the dental clinic.</li> </ul> Naku Charles Lwanga info@realmedicinefoundation.org 203 Students Take National Exams: Q4 2018 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/archives/2019/03/25/students-celebrate-st-francis-day-q4-2018/ 2019-03-26T17:24:40-07:00 2019-03-25T06:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <ul> <li>Sufficient food was purchased throughout the reporting period, and <strong>students were served nutritious meals</strong>. <span class="caps">RMF</span> is committed to ensuring access to education for vulnerable children in Uganda, and we are glad to provide food, supplies, and other support to keep the school running smoothly.</li> <li>Purchased instructional materials, including chalk, pens, manila charts, laboratory reagents, tools for agriculture lessons, 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>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.</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>Paid the school’s utility bills, mainly electricity.</li> <li>Continued to beautify and maintain the cleanliness of the school compound and facilities. The well-maintained school compound provides an environment conducive for learning.</li> <li>Children who were ill during the reporting period received prompt medical treatment. The most commonly treated health problems are malaria, respiratory tract infections, influenza, gastrointestinal infections, and fever.</li> <li>Materials were purchased for end-of-term exams, and the semi-permanent examination hall was completed in time to accommodate the students for their final examinations.</li> <li>Conducted promotional examinations for students in non-candidate classes (senior one, two, and three).</li> <li><strong>203 candidates sat for the Uganda Certificate of Education (<span class="caps">UCE</span>) examinations</strong>. Students were thoroughly prepared, and all were well-accommodated thanks to the newly constructed semi-permanent examination hall.</li> <li><strong>We held an end-of-year staff party</strong>, which was very successful. We used this opportunity for the staff at the school to reflect on our journey throughout the year, sharing both challenges and good practices. We also provided feedback for the staff and gave awards to the most outstanding teachers. The ceremony was attended by <span class="caps">RMF</span> Uganda Country Director Naku Charles Lwanga.</li> </ul> Naku Charles Lwanga info@realmedicinefoundation.org Academy Commemorates World AIDS Day: Q4 2018 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/archives/2019/02/17/q4-2018/ 2019-02-17T17:42:37-08:00 2019-02-17T15:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <ul> <li>School fees were paid for children in candidate classes to ensure they could complete their examinations without interruption. Buwate Sports Academy saw <strong>15 candidates</strong> complete primary seven and <strong>4 candidates</strong> complete their Ordinary Level of education.</li> <li><strong>Buwate Sports Academy organized a Christmas Cup</strong> for the under-15 children. This was held at the Kira sports grounds, where the team was defeated at the semi-finals.</li> <li>Buwate Sports Academy organized friendly matches during the long holiday. One was for the under-13 Buwate boys with an Italian-sponsored team, held at the Nambole National Stadium. The game ended with a tie score of 1-1.</li> <li>The older Kireka boys participated a tournament called the <strong>Uganda Cup</strong>, which comprised under-20 football (American soccer) teams in Uganda. The Kireka boys won with a 2-0 score against Kampala Kids Club at Kololo High School sports grounds, but unfortunately lost the match with Kampala Junior Team, with a 1-3 score, held at Nakivubo Blue Primary School sports grounds.</li> <li>Buwate Sports Academy has greatly impacted the lives of its vocational trainees by enabling students, specifically those who were previously employed as house helpers in the community, to start up their own business and generate a daily income.</li> <li>Boosted the hairdressing department by <strong>purchasing hairdressing items for level one</strong>. The number of entrants enrolling for hairdressing classes in the slum area of Kireka has drastically increased, so now the academy is running a class of 33 students there, and new students arrive daily.</li> <li>Wages for Buwate Sports Academy support staff were paid promptly, enabling the program to run smoothly.</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>The children were safely transported to and from football (American soccer) games outside the academy during the reporting period thanks to RMF’s timely funding and early preparations.</li> </ul> Naku Charles Lwanga info@realmedicinefoundation.org 120 Integrated Outreaches: Q3 2018 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/archives/2019/01/11/120-integrated-outreaches-q3-2018/ 2019-01-11T11:53:45-08:00 2019-01-11T07:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <ul> <li>Continued to provide high-quality health services to persons of concern through the Outpatient department, Inpatient department, inpatient therapeutic care, outpatient therapeutic care, community outreaches, and referral services.</li> <li>Purchased and delivered medicines to the health facilities on a monthly basis to treat patients.</li> <li>Purchased laboratory supplies to test for diseases. Medicines and testing helped save lives.</li> <li>The health project in Bidibidi received <strong>2 new vehicles,</strong> a coordination vehicle and a funeral van, to assist in day-to-day activities of the project, as well as facilitate coordination of the programs.</li> <li>When technical issues delayed the arrival of medicine and medical supplies from <span class="caps">UNHCR</span>, the supply of medicines from <span class="caps">RMF</span> allowed the facilities to keep running and manage the patients’ conditions.</li> <li><span class="caps">RMF</span>, together with other health implementing partners, <strong>held a blood donation drive</strong> throughout the settlement which involved humanitarian staff and persons of concern who were willing to donate blood. Following a call from an Arua blood bank reporting a shortage of blood at the regional referral hospital, it was necessary for us all to engage in this drive, as this location is a referral point for our patients.</li> <li>Provided a constant flow of cleaning supplies, which enabled our diligent sanitary team to keep health facilities clean. The cleanliness of <span class="caps">RMF</span>-managed health facilities is among the reasons why many patients prefer receiving care from us.</li> <li>Continued conducting community health outreaches to extend <strong>medical treatment and health education</strong> to the community, especially to people of concern in more distant villages of Bidibidi Refugee Settlement.</li> <li><span class="caps">RMF</span> has continued to <strong>sustain a medical team at the Goboro border point</strong>, providing medical screening, immunization, treatment, and ambulance services to refugees who arrive exhausted.</li> <li>Continued to sustain medical staff that were hired to support health centers neighboring Bidibidi Refugee Settlement. This has helped reduce the constraints felt in these health centers due to the dramatic increase in population and is contributing to peaceful coexistence between the refugee and host populations. District health facilities benefiting from this program include Yumbe Hospital, Barakala Health Centre <span class="caps">III</span>, and Kulikulinga Health Centre <span class="caps">III</span>.</li> <li><span class="caps">RMF</span> continued to provide <strong><span class="caps">HIV</span>/<span class="caps">AIDS</span> testing, counseling, and <span class="caps">ARV</span> services</strong> and encourage all patients to practice healthy lifestyles. The team also continued to trace patients who were previously on <span class="caps">ART</span> and work to reinstate them on treatment. The <span class="caps">ART</span> clinic is growing.</li> <li>Continuously conducted <span class="caps">HIV</span>/<span class="caps">AIDS</span> prevention activities, including the distribution of condoms, moonlight counseling, testing, and sensitization. In addition, the <span class="caps">ART</span> clinic <strong>conducted an <span class="caps">HIV</span>/<span class="caps">AIDS</span> awareness week</strong> in the settlement as a step to fulfill the 90-90-90 policy of the Ministry of Health.</li> <li>Continued to facilitate the disease surveillance teams’ activities so that the medical department will not be taken by surprise in case of an outbreak. Any suspected samples of cholera, measles, and polio are rushed to the national laboratory for confirmation. This is partly why <strong>no outbreak was experienced during the reporting period</strong>.</li> <li>Conducted follow-ups on TB cases in the community to ensure that patients are taking their medication as instructed. Through outreaches and home visits, we are working to prevent patients developing multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (<span class="caps">MDR</span>-TB).</li> <li>We also conducted <span class="caps">AFB</span> (acid-fast bacilli) microscopy and Genexpert testing for TB at the Desert Breeze Hotel in Arua for three days, between July 9 and July 13, 2018.</li> <li>Community health officers and Village Health Teams (VHTs) were trained on community-based disease surveillance, patient referral, and health promotion strategies.</li> <li><span class="caps">RMF</span> facilitated community leaders’ dialogues to help community leaders become ambassadors of good health practices. This will strengthen the preventive health initiative and thus reduce the cost of curative health.</li> <li>Continuous cervical cancer screening and education is ongoing at the health facilities.</li> <li>Continued to <strong>support government facilities</strong> with medical supplies and staff to assist with the high volume of patients referred from the refugee community.</li> <li>On August 23, 2018, a team from <span class="caps">UNHCR</span> visited RMF’s facilities to monitor the quality of services we provide to persons of concern in the settlement, and their remarks indicated that they were impressed by our service provision.</li> <li><span class="caps">RMF</span> participated in various capacity-building trainings and refresher courses to keep them updated in the medical field, which is constantly changing.</li> <li><span class="caps">RMF</span> has continued to <strong>provide respectful burial services</strong> to refugees who die in the settlement. They are buried in one place, where exhuming will be easy if loved ones wish to rebury them in their home country when peace comes.</li> <li>The Palliative Care Association of Uganda, in collaboration with Real Medicine Foundation, trained staff on the integration of palliative care (focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, and physical and mental stress resulting from serious, life-limiting illnesses) into their practice. The team of facilitators returned to monitor the progress and challenges of integrating this type of care. They engaged 10 Village Health Teams (VHTs) and 5 community health officers (CHOs) from each of the settlement’s 5 zones.</li> </ul> Naku Charles Lwanga info@realmedicinefoundation.org Students Participate in Inter-House Competition: Q3 2018 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/archives/2018/12/30/students-participate-in-inter-house-competition-q3-2018/ 2018-12-30T20:24:58-08:00 2018-12-30T18:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <ul> <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 <strong>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 <strong>expertise available to students</strong>.</li> <li>Teaching and learning continued throughout this reporting period without interruption, and the students are keeping up with the pace of the syllabus.</li> <li>Continued to beautify and maintain the cleanliness of the school compound and facilities. The well-maintained school compound provides an <strong>environment conducive for learning</strong>.</li> <li>Conducted beginning-of-term and mid-term assessments of students.</li> <li>Mentored the university and college students who came to the school to complete their teaching internships.</li> <li>Our students sat for their <strong>first final examinations before the main examination</strong>, referred to as briefing, which is intended to prepare them for the final examinations by giving them the basic ground rules and expectations of the examiners.</li> </ul> Naku Charles Lwanga info@realmedicinefoundation.org Academy Participates in Airtel Rising Stars National Tournament: Q3 2018 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/archives/2018/12/12/q3-2018/ 2018-12-13T14:47:38-08:00 2018-12-12T12:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <ul> <li>Buwate Sports Academy organized a friendly match with the boda boda community of Kasangati, Wampeewo, and Seeta in the under-17 category and victoriously beat the adults in the game, <strong>with a 4-0 win</strong>.</li> <li>In order to boost the children’s morale in football (American soccer), Buwate Sports Academy visited Kira Sports Academy to play a friendly match in the categories of under-3, under-9, under-11, and under-13, respectively.</li> <li>Buwate Sports Academy took part in the Nasuna Football Gala in the category of under-17 at Gangu, where a number of teams were invited, including Busabala Junior Team, Spato Soccer Academy, Super Heroes United Sports Academy (Mulago), and Skills Plus Soccer Academy.</li> <li>The children also participated in the Kiti Kids Gala at Shamon playground in Kitikifumba in the categories of under-3, under-9, and under-13. Some other teams that participated were Entebbe Soccer Academy, Kiti Soccer Academy, Kira Soccer Academy, and the Namugongo Soccer League, among others. We <strong>won 6-0</strong> against Kiti Soccer Academy in the under-3 category, played 5 games in the under-9 and won, and played 3 games in the under-13 and won against the Namugongo Soccer League.</li> <li>Buwate Sports Academy has <strong>greatly impacted the lives of its vocational trainees</strong> by enabling students, specifically those who were previously employed as house helpers in the community, to start up their own business and generate a daily income.</li> <li>Wages for Buwate Sports Academy support staff were paid promptly, enabling the program to run smoothly.</li> <li>Food and charcoal were purchased so that we could <strong>provide the children with a meal</strong> during training sessions and away games.</li> <li>The children were safely transported to and from football (American soccer) games outside the academy during the reporting period, such as Nsambya, Kasangati, Wampewo, Gangu, and Kitikifumba.</li> <li>Buwate Sports Academy staff organized a meeting to discuss with parents issues concerning their children, such as <strong>promoting academy programs</strong>, monitoring children in school to enhance good education, career development, behavioral change, and <strong>combating poverty</strong> by starting income generating activities to promote better standards of living.</li> <li>Buwate Sports Academy continued to implement a system of visiting former students who, after completing their training in the vocational department, are now self-employed. This is a <strong>way to inspire, empower, and provide technical support</strong> to the graduates who are referred to as success stories and to the current trainees who hear their stories.</li> </ul> Naku Charles Lwanga info@realmedicinefoundation.org Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week: Q3 2018 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/uganda/archives/2018/11/01/celebrating-world-breastfeeding-week-q3-2018/ 2019-04-15T17:20:41-07:00 2018-11-01T22:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <ul> <li>Thanks to appeals from donors, Panyadoli Health Centres received 4 boxes of assorted cholera kits from Direct Relief International, a US nonprofit organization.</li> <li>Through Global Fund support from <span class="caps">IGAD</span> and <span class="caps">UNHCR</span>, we conducted 3 community dialogues to promote prevention of <span class="caps">HIV</span>/TB and provide information on service access points in Ranch 18 and Zone C of Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement.</li> <li>68 staff members at Panyadoli Health Centre <span class="caps">III</span> received weekly CMEs, which improved their skills in detection, diagnosis, and management of hepatitis B.</li> <li><strong><span class="caps">RMF</span> delivered a consignment of medicines and medical supplies</strong>, alleviating the lack of essential drugs.</li> <li><strong>348 mothers</strong> attended a community dialogues on family planning in clusters I, J, O, Q, M, R, N, and G, as well as Nyakadot, Maga-Maga, Bweyale Centre, Yeleken, and Congodok.</li> <li><strong>120 women</strong> were mapped in the community and referred for antenatal care services at the health facilities. 11 (1 national and 10 refugees) were teenage expectant mothers.</li> <li><strong>122 pregnant mothers</strong> were mapped in Ranch 1 and Ranch 37 and referred for antenatal services through the VHTs. It is very common for mothers not to attend the mandatory antenatal care visits, but with our VHTs distributed all through the community, we were able to meet the set guidelines.</li> <li>Formed 6 new care groups in the host community, with <strong>1,350 beneficiaries</strong>. The care groups involve nutrition education and nutrition-related assistance for mothers. In these groups, participants share knowledge on good nutrition practices with assistance from the nutrition technical team.</li> <li><strong><span class="caps">RMF</span> procured and delivered sufficient cleaning supplies and tools</strong>, maintaining a highly motivated, well-equipped team of cleaners who continued to keep the health centers clean and neat.</li> <li>Provided <strong>laboratory supplies</strong> so that patients requiring laboratory services are tested accordingly.</li> <li>Conducted nutrition assessment counseling and support training for people living with <span class="caps">HIV</span>/TB.</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>Continued tracing patients on <span class="caps">ARV</span> treatment and following up with those who have defaulted so that they can be restarted on <span class="caps">ART</span>.</li> <li>Continuous <strong>immunization of all under-5 children</strong> living in and around the settlement was implemented through the health facilities and outreach activities.</li> <li>Facilitated <span class="caps">UNHCR</span> and partners’ coordination meetings both in the settlement and in regional offices, helping to promote cohesiveness in operations.</li> <li>Continued facilitating <strong>demonstration gardens</strong> at Panyadoli Health Centre <span class="caps">III</span> as part of our growing Nutrition department.</li> </ul> Naku Charles Lwanga info@realmedicinefoundation.org