Nyantonzi Parish of Masindi District Kitara Diocese generously donated 2 acres of land where GLO's health clinic seats. With support from Rotary Club of Avon- Canton, GLO was able to purchase a 40-foot shipping container that has been converted into a fully functional structure with a patient registration area, a consultation room, a pharmacy a, laboratory and a storage area. The clinic now is in the process of being equipped with the necessary medical supplies and tools. The plan is that it will be fully operational in the fall of 2019.
PLANS FOR THE CLINIC
In addition to interior and exterior structural upgrades, we purchased and installed a 2,600-gallon water storage tank with a water filtration and purification system, providing safe clean water from harvested rainwater for 400 families as well as clean water for use inside of the clinic.
To start, we plan to fund allowances for a medical doctor, a clinician, and a psychiatric nurse. Once open, we will work with local health officials and community leaders to closely monitor the clinic. We will make adjustments in staffing and operations based on the review of patient volume and service consumption data at regular intervals.
The clinic will have an important lasting impact on educating and mobilizing the community and enhancing its health infrastructure for the prevention and reduction of the spread of communicable diseases, as well as reducing complications from untreated illnesses and injury.
The clinic will provide health education, preventative care including vaccinations, disease detection and diagnosis, and referrals for more serious cases.
The clinic will also provide family planning services and counseling for HIV positive patients. The clinic staff will work in innovative ways to reduce the rates of mother to child HIV transmission and increase awareness and accessibility of HIV/AIDS treatment and family planning options.
Our primary care clinic will also provide nutrition education and counseling for severely malnourished children ages five and under
CREATING A LASTING IMPACT
In collaboration with the Ministry of Health of the Government of Uganda, GLO will deliver comprehensive, primary healthcare to a target population of about 900 patients per month at the Nyantonzi site. The health clinic will emphasize the delivery of essential, basic healthcare at the Community Health Center (Level 2) and make referrals to Levels 3 and 4 centers for more complicated cases that will need further management. Nyantonzi Community Health Clinic model seeks to fill the gap by providing effective, affordable and quality-assured primary health care services to poor and low-income families in Uganda through a “one-stop-shop” facility: Patients will have access to a consultation with a physician, point-of-care diagnostics and an on-site pharmacy. We strive to offer the lowest possible prices to patients and to exponentially improve the value they receive as clients.
Using a comprehensive, community-based approach through our local community health workers, we will focus on improving the interface between the community and the health systems, providing ambulatory primary care, fostering maternal, newborn, and child health, reproductive health, family planning, sanitation and hygiene initiatives, and controlling malaria, TB, HIV, and other childhood illnesses across all life cycles in a coordinated manner at all levels of care.
The key to success will be the integration of Village Health Teams (VHT’s) into the healthcare system and the implementation of a facility-based electronic medical records and information system that will enable the health clinic to find patients, register them, locate every person in the communities we serve, and follow up with persons at-risk for adverse health outcomes who do not seek care or who fail to come to clinic appointments.
GLO’s Primary Health Care program will serve as a resource to other health facilities for patient follow up in the delivery of service that will, in turn, strengthen the healthcare delivery system.
GLO’s programs will engage and empower orphans, vulnerable children, and their caregivers to build a foundation of action and hope for a healthy and sustainable future by offering access to training and development of their skills and education, child protection, food security, psychosocial support, medical care, and economic empowerment.
Our programs will provide a holistic and multi-disciplinarian approach to strengthen the capacity of families and communities to care and protect their orphans and vulnerable children via community outreach by our Village Health Team (VHT) program first by linking HIV-infected patients and their caregivers and then by supporting children orphaned by AIDS. The program's emphasis is on assisting orphans and vulnerable children within the family and community setting, allowing them to be involved in social activities and to learn and address challenges within their own environment.
Many of these children are taken in by elderly grandparents, aunts, uncles, and at times, the eldest child becomes the head of the household. GLO staff works with families on the ground to determine their needs using comprehensive household and individual assessments. Once a family stabilizes, frequent follow-up visits to households by Village Health Teams (VHT’s) and/or community social workers, will allow for proper monitoring and evaluation of the interventions and their impact. Through this process, the program will be able to confirm that needs have actually been addressed and the intervention is effective.
Finally, families that are struggling economically will be linked to other programs where they will gain access to training on better agricultural practices and income-generating activities.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Our clinic will be opening in the fall of 2019 and will need to be stocked with medications and supplies on a regular basis to meet the needs of the patients that will be using the clinic's services.
By donating $1,725.00 you will be providing an autoclave
By donating $1,475.00 you will be providing a vaccine refrigerator
By donating $1,000.00 you will be providing a workstation
By donating $570.00 you will be providing for a sterilizing unit
By donating $485.00 you will be providing an adult weighing scale that also measures the height
By donating $200.00 you will be providing an instrument trolley