During this reporting period:
Through one of the networks that RMF has created with other organizations, we received a container full of hospital and operating theatre equipment from the HUDO Centre (Human Rights Development Organization). The equipment will be installed in the Minor Operating Theatre and Maternity ward expansion that RMF is constructing at Panyadoli Health Centre III. The items include an ultrasound scanner, dental chair, x-ray machine, beds, mattresses, an ECG machine, etc.
The UNHCR team conducted a verification exercise to assess the program, and the results proved that RMF is successfully and appropriately managing/implementing the program. As a result, the partnership agreement between RMF and UNHCR was renewed, and funding from UNHCR was released to RMF for the first quarter of 2017.
At the beginning of this reporting period, RMF started supporting Nyakadot Health Centre II with RMF-funded medical and support staff to boost the facility’s performance. These staff members cover clinical work, midwifery, data management, and the security of the facility.
RMF has been able to eliminate unnecessary referrals to the national hospital. This has been achieved because RMF recruited a competent surgeon who is conducting most of the surgeries at the nearby district hospital. This has helped to eliminate deaths that could occur because of delayed surgical procedures.
Two new health departments were fully handed over to RMF: Nutrition and Mental Health. Qualified officers were recruited to handle these departments, and they have started work.
RMF’s laboratory team has expanded the tests being offered at Panyadoli Health Centre III. Currently, the laboratory can perform hepatitis B, hemoglobin estimation, blood grouping, urine gram stain, urinalysis, and stool tests. It is for this reason that IDI (the Infectious Disease Institute) wants to elevate it to a regional hub laboratory. All this is possible because RMF consistently provides laboratory supplies in a timely manner.
The Panyadoli Health Centres, located in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement near Bweyale, Uganda, provide healthcare services to over 100,000 refugees from Kenya, South Sudan, DR Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda, as well as members of the host community.
17,130 patients were treated during the first quarter of 2017.
Lodule Mamana is a girl who arrived at the health center with a swollen body, fever, and vomiting. Lodule is a refugee from Cluster A. She was diagnosed with severe malaria, a mosquito-borne disease still common in the settlement. After diagnosis, the doctor immediately put Lodule on treatment: IV Artesunate 60 mg, 12-hourly for three doses, IV Gentamicin, and Diclofenac injection. After a given period of time, Lodule showed great improvement.
Mary is a baby from Cluster H in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement. She was rushed to the health center when her mother saw that she was having serious complications at night. RMF’s ambulance was called in to recue Mary, and she was received very well at the health center. Her history was taken, and the doctors found that she had a complicated bacterial infection: pneumonia. Mary was put on treatment, which consisted of IV Cefradine 400 mg, IV Hydrocortisone 25 mg, and Panadol syrup 2.5 ml.
Mary is among the children affected by this infection, and she was lucky that RMF’s team came to her rescue on time, thanks to the strong referral system backed by the on-site ambulance. Mary’s family thanked RMF for being alert and saving Mary.
Rachael is the name that was given to this young girl after she was found abandoned by her parents on the outskirts of the settlement. The health center’s staff is aware that her parents are nationals living in a village called Canan. Rachael (so named by the doctors) was diagnosed with severe malaria, but this was secondary in her case. Rachael’s primary health problem was severe acute malnutrition (SAM). Since she had been abandoned, she could not eat well, but Real Medicine Foundation found her where she had been left. Rachael was put on IV Ceftriaxone 700 gm UD and IV Artesunate 20 mg, 12 hourly. Rachael regained her weight and is looking healthy again. She was also given F100 as supplementary feeding.
Shanira is a girl who was brought to Panyadoli Health Centre III after a community outreach to identify malnourished children. Shanira arrived at the facility with a low appetite; she could not eat properly and was diagnosed with severe malnutrition after showing signs of swelling. She was given IV Cloxacillin 25 ml every 6 hours, and then she was put on outpatient therapeutic treatment and Plumpy Nut (RUTF: Ready-To-Use Therapeutic Food). Shanira started regaining her appetite so that she could eat. Shanira’s family is grateful for the quick medical attention provided.