Uganda’s burden of disease is dominated by mostly communicable diseases, which account for over 50% of illness and death. Many diseases that plague Africa, such as malaria, typhoid, bacterial infections and measles are preventable.
RCU provides medical care and community health sensitization services. This is done through collaborating with other medical implementing partners through conducting outreach clinics hence extending health services to vulnerable community members. RCU’s long term plan is to set up a community health facility so as to extend health services to vulnerable communities were people need to move many miles so as to access health care services. Many children within the communities have been able to receive treatment through our outreach clinics while many others have been sensitized about prevention measures of the non and treatable diseases. We look forward to continue with these services through collaborating and partnering with other medical institutions from within the country and internationally.Our services benefit over 10,000 people, especially children, the elderly and expectant mothers in this community.
Outreach clinics/Medical camps
This program involves visiting different community and slum groups to provide medical care. For many people in these areas, they cannot afford to go to pharmacies and hospitals, so we come to them instead. They often do not have a lot of education on hygiene or access to clean water, so even a simple cut can be life threatening and cause major problems. There is a huge range of injuries and illnesses you could encounter while on this program but working with local doctors and community leaders we are able to form a plan of action to support these individuals. Where people require additional treatment or support we have partnerships with local clinics to provide the best possible ongoing care. HIV and malaria testing are a big part of the work we do, as they are very common amongst these communities. We always use these issues as opportunities to counsel on how to avoid disease, cleanliness, the use of mosquito nets and other relevant topics.
Our health services can be broken down into 7 main areas:
- General medical services;
- Young child visit care including Immunisations
- Sexual and Reproductive Health;
- Laboratory services;
- HIV/AIDS testing and counseling;
- Community Integrated Outreach services.
What we can be supported to do:
- We can distribute health commodities (nutrition support, bed nets, water purifiers) with very low distribution costs and can do so alongside health education and preventative care information.
- We can also provide printed health information campaigns and distribute these to mothers, children, youth, families and the community at large.
- The related need exists for volunteer- or grant-funded staff to develop and implement integrated management of childhood illnesses as a free-to-client screening service linked to weekly immunization sessions .
- Training opportunities for health workers.