Uganda: Panyadoli Healthcare Project
Panyadoli Health Care For Refugees
November 03, 2013
Summary of Activities
RMF provided the Panyadoli Health Center with medicines and medical supplies, and covered all existing gaps during this reporting period. Three ward cleaners and two groundskeepers sponsored by RMF groomed the grounds regularly and made sure the cleanliness of the wards and offices was well kept. Continued maintenance of water pipes and solar pump.
The coordination of regular supplies continues to make a significant difference to the community and maintains the center’s treatment capacity.
Equipment & Medicines
The wards are kept clean and equipped with medicines and supplies, which is a joint effort on behalf of RMF, the Kiryandongo local government, and UNHCR.
The grounds are continuously cleaned and maintained, making it safe to walk around without fear of being bitten by snakes.
The Solar Powered Water Pump continues to run successfully, providing clean running water to the clinic wards and offices, and greatly increasing hygienic conditions of the clinic.
The joint effort of RMF/WCF and stakeholders contributing towards the International Women’s Day celebrations made for a colorful celebration.
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.
- Provide medicine, medical supplies, and medical support
- Support the Health Management Information System Maintenance (staff and petrol supply)
- Maintain hygiene at clinic to Best Practice Western Medicine standards
- Enhance existing structures for Malnutrition ward and main center
- Provide cooking materials such as charcoal stoves, saucepans, utensils, etc.
- Upkeep and renovation of the health center through periodic re-painting and re-plastering.
3rd Quarter, 2013
- July – 2,548 (1,066 males, 1,466 females)
- August – 2,115 (734 males, 1,381 females)
- September – 1,971 (774 males, 1,227 females)
Sadly, 7 children’s deaths were reported due to severe acute malnutrition.*
*RMF is reevaluating the cost of supplying the Health Centre with emergency formula treatment for Severe Acute Malnutrition cases. This is generally very expensive to keep in stock, but we are looking for additional support to prevent more children’s deaths.
Abang Pauline is a 12-year old refugee living in Cluster K of the camp. She was diagnosed and admitted to Panyadoli Health Center with severe sinusitis. She was treated with both IV and oral medication. Abang states:
“I was brought by my older brother to this hospital and we had spent three days here. I was treated well and I thank the nurses who took care of me by giving me food and juice for all these three days. I am an orphan and we are four in our home, being taken care of by our older brother who is seventeen years old now. I thank God for the good treatment for today I am going home well.”
Pauline, is a child of special need as her parents died and she and her remaining family live in a child-headed household. Four of the children are being cared for by their older brother. Pauline and her family feed themselves through small rations of food provided by UNHCR and small farming they do around the surrounding areas of their compound.
Nyamatora Charity is a 2-year-old Ugandan national/IDP living with her parents in the resettlement community. She was diagnosed and admitted to Panyadoli Health Center with severe malaria. Her complications included respiratory tract and gastrointestinal tract infections. She was successfully treated with both IV and oral medication for her malaria at the health center. Her mother had this to say:
“Ever since we were brought to this settlement, as internally displaced people, we have never seen any problems in medical services in this health center. This is especially true when Real Medicine Foundation started supplying medical equipment like drugs, blankets, mosquito nets and many other items. That’s why I myself always have hope of getting fair treatment in Panyadoli Health Centre. What I have loved here most is the work force in all departments that are supported by Real Medicine Foundation by employing other staff in different departments and this has eased the work load of the hospital. Thank you to those who donate funds to Real Medicine Foundation in support of this health center”.
After 3 days as an inpatient at the Panyadoli Health Center, Nyamatora Charity was discharged following her successful treatment.
Regina Muno is a disabled 72-year-old Ugandan IDP living in Katulikur, Bweyale town, unable to return to her home due to ongoing conflict in northern Uganda. She was diagnosed with pneumonia and admitted to the Panyadoli Health Center . She was attentively treated with both IV and oral medications. Regina shared:
“As old as I am, helpless, where could I get money to treat my sickness? God is great for Panyadoli Health Centre to be within my area of reach and here now I am feeling well though I was brought by ambulance unconscious. Yet at this hour I am fully okay and ready to be discharged for my home. Thanks to the supporters of this health center that has made our life secure medically.”
With only one functioning eye, Regina is being taken care of by the willing hearts of neighbors who collect food, water, and clothing on her behalf. Regina has no relatives in the resettlement camp as her two sons were killed during the northern Uganda insurgency, further driving the need for others within the camp to assist her.