VHU Health Care Program
Healthcare is neither easily accessible nor affordable for many Ugandans living in the rural villages. Volunteer Host Uganda strives to improve the health conditions of children and adults in rural communities through various programs. By running mobile dental and medical clinics alongside health education workshops, we help to improve healthcare conditions in hard to reach areas.
People in villages face health concerns that diminish their ability to improve their lives whereas the quality of health influences the quality of life for any individual and subsequently impact development for a community. HIV/AIDS, Malaria, childhood illnesses such as measles, tetanus, parasitic diseases and malnutrition devastate communities. HIV/AIDS in particular has caused immeasurable damage. Large numbers of HIV-related illnesses and deaths from AIDS have had a particular impact on education and agriculture, overburdening community resources.
At Volunteer Host Uganda, our health care intervention is focusing on prevention and less on treatment. We do this through community health talks in villages and local schools. In order to confront these health issues VHU with support from international volunteers, grants and fundraisers runs mobile health camps, constructs community clinics and organizes village health talks which offer free/affordable medical treatment to the very needy communities.
Village Health Talks Outreaches (VHTO)
Village Health Talks is an innovative and grassroots approach to addressing rural healthcare and public health in rural communities of Uganda. Its goal is to improve the provision of healthcare and of preventative health education to underserved populations across Uganda. Our nurse, health counselors, social workers and international volunteers conduct rotate in villages teaching basic health tips. These village workshops usually focus on personal and household hygiene and sanitation- washing hands, cleaning house and compound to remove stagnant water that usually becomes breeding ground for mosquitoes that transmit malaria, boiling water for drinking, washing hands after using latrines, food preservation, etc. We launched Village Health Talks Outreaches in 2008 and since then, we have reached 563 villages around Uganda.
VHU Mobile Clinics Camps (BMCC)
Treatment ranges from providing pain relief and cough medicines, de-wormers, with medication such as antibiotics, anti-malarial and mosquito nets, antacids, anti-infections for more complicated conditions. Childhood diseases, malaria and other tropical maladies.
Vaccination– addresses one of the most troubling health issues in Uganda, the death of children from preventable diseases. Vaccinations not only save young lives, they give the nurses the chance to provide health education to mothers and careers.
Heath Education plays a critical role in the work of the Mobile Health Camp, following our philosophy of providing sustainable training to communities. The Camp’s health workers train villagers who often pass on the knowledge to their communities through health education workshops. In order to give extra support to the most vulnerable children, a Health Educator visits their homes, making specific recommendations for healthy living.
VHU mobile clinic camp is a Program of providing medical service to many people in rural areas of Uganda. Many people cannot access medical services due to remoteness of some village and many cannot afford to pay for treatment. Many people die of malaria caused by mosquitoes. Children die of worms and Diarrhea and malaria as well. With professional VHU nurses and counselors, VHU organizes trips to these villages to provide medical services. In this activity we provide malarial treatment, mosquito nets, dressing cuts (wounds) and provide de-worming tablets to children as well as providing free condoms to the youth- in order to avoid the increasing habit of re-using their condoms. This project saves many people’s lives especially the poor ones in rural communities of Uganda and the islands. Much as a lot has been done; there is still a need to increase on medical supplies due to high rates of sick needy people.
VHU Community Clinics
1. Nangwa Community Clinic: In 2011 Volunteer Host Uganda, established the first community clinic in nangwa Village, Buyenje sub-county in buikwe District and its run by a community nurse. This small facility is an outpatient facility that emphasizes prevention and education alongside medical treatment to the general community.
2. Nangwa Community Health Clinic VHU is constructing new medical centre. At first this health center will be an outpatient facility that emphasizes prevention and education alongside medical treatment but in the future it will add on the inpatient sections. The facility will hold one consultation and two treatment rooms, a laboratory, and a pharmacy. The lab will have capabilities to perform comprehensive microscopic testing and rapid diagnostic tests for malaria, diarrheic conditions, diabetes, UTI’s, filarial (parasitic worm) infections, and beyond. Solar power and water collection will allow the facility to operate independently off local power supply, which can be sporadic at best, and bio-digester toilets will be installed that convert waste into by-products usable as additional fuel.
How to Help!
Volunteering- You can apply to participate in our healthcare program as a volunteer
Fundraise- You can raise funds to help us buy supplies needed to run our outreaches- each outreach needs only USD$1000 to be successful and it can help hundreds of people.
Completion of the Nangwa Community Health Clinic- we are still looking for USD$20000 to complete and furnish the clinic, please help us start a fundraising campaign, so that we can complete this project.