In a recent post, we shared with you UNICEF's announcement on Uganda's elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus. A current FIMRC Ambassador at our headquarters in Philadelphia, Alison Foster, shares with us a more specific explanation of what actually goes on at FIMRC Project Bumwalukani in Uganda. Keep reading to learn what goes into maintaining this project and how our volunteers help us keep things going!
Project Bumwalukani sees over 100 patients daily, rendering it by far FIMRC's project with the highest patient volume. In addition to the high concentration of patients, our staff facilitates nine Community Health Groups as well as our Orphan and Vulnerable Children Program. Global Health Volunteers have been meeting with our Community Health Groups weekly to offer health education sessions and conduct home visits. Recent educational lessons have focused on how to make Reusable Menstrual Pads, a program developed by a Ugandan Peace Corps Volunteer and modified for our populations. Volunteers also teach about alcohol abuse, STIs, and clean water, among many other topics requested by the Community Health Groups. Our Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Program is a flagship initiative providing orphaned and vulnerable children diagnosed with HIV+ qualified Guardians, and regular well-child checks. Our recent Ambassador Katie O’Leary contributed significantly to our OVC School Education program by conducting age-appropriate education sessions to local elementary schools on HIV, stigma, and positive living. We are hoping to provide all students in Project Bumwalukani’s catchment area with a better understanding of HIV, and allow HIV+ children to feel fewer stigmas attached with their disease.
Another innovative approach recently launched at our clinic is the “Prescribing Education” initiative. By indicating education on a patient’s prescription, (akin to noting medicine needed from the pharmacy) our doctor and clinical officers are able to send patients to a trained educator to provide the patient with concentrated knowledge on their condition so that they fully understand the etiology of their illness and the reason behind their treatment. This has been an incredibly successful advancement in our Uganda clinic and has significantly supported patients throughout their treatment.
Thanks for keeping us in the know, Alison!