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. 

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.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

 

Our objectives for clinic are to:

  • To promote individual and community responsibility for better health outcomes through behavioral change, empowerment of people and community participation

  • To increase access to integrated health promotion, disease prevention and curative interventions while improving the interface between the community and the health systems

  • To mobilize resources to promote health and development for rural disadvantaged communities

  • To strengthen coordination and collaboration of interventions with key partners such as Ministries, local Government and other strategic partners that promote health for disadvantaged hard to reach communities in rural Uganda.

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 soon 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 $15 you will provide 1,000 units of essential vitamins and minerals to promote normal growth and development for children which will strengthen their immune systems so that they can to fight off infections

    • 82% of cases of child malnutrition in Uganda go untreated, accounting for 15% of child mortality rate cases in the country

  • By donating $25 you will provide primary and preventative care for 5 children under the age of five years

    • In Uganda, the infant mortality rate is 55 deaths per 1,000 live births (2018)

  • By donating $50 you will provide GLO with a midwife to provide prenatal care for 5 mothers-to-be for one day

    • 1 in 47 Ugandan women have a chance of dying during pregnancy or labor​

  • By donating $100 you will allow GLO to have a doctor and a nurse in the clinic for one day

    • In Uganda the doctor to patient ratio is 1:24,725​
      In Uganda the nurse to patient ratio is 1:11,000​

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