Sri Lanka: Yayawatta Clinic Q4 2011 Report

April 10, 2012 by Stephney Minerva Fernando and Jonathan White

Project Goal:

Sri Lanka marks the birthplace of Real Medicine Foundation, the place where the first promise was made and the concept of “Friends Helping Friends Helping Friends” was born. Almost seven years after the tsunami of December 2004, rural villages in Southern Sri Lanka still face challenges of coping with psychological trauma, poverty, and infectious disease outbreaks.

Photo: Community Volunteers gathering to help clean the clinic

After completing Real Medicine’s immediate tsunami relief efforts at the Mawella Camp Clinic, a second clinic was opened in Yayawatta in October 2006. Now in its fifth year, this clinic remains fully active and continues to grow. Initially established to serve one community of 400 that had been displaced through the tsunami, the Real Medicine Clinic now provides free health care access to over 4,000 people in five impoverished villages in the Hambantota District of Southern Sri Lanka. 

Project Objectives:

  1. Support the community with free high quality healthcare services 
  2. Help to create a healthy community, especially amongst the younger generation

Summary of RMF-sponsored activities carried out during the reporting period under project objective:

  • The clinic was open 10 days per month to provide free healthcare services to the community of Yayawatta at Seenimodara in Tangalle, Sri Lanka, and its surrounding villages and communities of Palapotha, Kadurupokuna & Seenimodara.
  • An additional outreach clinic was held in Barawakumbuka, a very remote area in the district of Hambantota, to mark the 5th year anniversary of the Real Medicine Clinic in Yayawatta.
   

Photos: Staff inventorying medicine and patients wait to be seen.

Results and/or accomplishments achieved during this reporting period:

  • Our clinic was open for 10 days each month and for the Fourth Quarter of 2011, we saw an average of 20 patients per day with a total of 627 treated. 
  • An additional outreach clinic was held in Barawakumbuka, a very remote area in the district of Hambantota, to mark the 5th year anniversary of the Real Medicine Clinic in Yayawatta.
  • The Family Planning Program for Mothers was implemented and has been very effective and successful.
  • Mr. Michael Matheke-Fischer, RMF India’s Director of Programs, visited Sri Lanka to observe the progress of projects and meet staff. 
  • The community participated in cleaning the clinic premises. 

Number served/number of direct project beneficiaries:

A total of 627 patients were treated at the clinic during this reporting period. 

Photos: Patients in waiting room

Medical Services Provided:

The clinic was open 10 days per month from 8.30am to 12noon.

The most common diseases treated at the clinic for the quarter are

  • Respiratory Tract Infections                                             
  • Joint Diseases/Arthritis                      
  • Heart Disease/Hypertension           
  • Skin Diseases 
  • Surgical Cases 
  • Gastrointestinal Tract Infections

Family Planning Program:

Intra muscular injections of Depo-Provera administered every 3 months to prevent unwanted pregnancies, with 6 mothers participating and 5 mothers are participating in oral contraceptive treatment schedules.

We also continued the treatment of the Worm Infestation that had afflicted our community.