Summer International Health Fellowships are packed with opportunities for service and exposure. For Project Bududa Alumnae Amanda Hanemaayer, the fellowship deconstructed her views on healthcare standards and community responsibility. Her thoughts, photos, and impressions from Uganda portray a SIHF experience worth remembering.
You've been hearing a lot about all the babies that are born in the maternity ward of the FIMRC Clinic at Project Bududa, but let's take a step back. Why did we need a maternity ward? What has its impact been since its opening in 2016? Through this blog you'll be able to understand why we took this step for this particular project site.
We are so excited about our partnership with the 30/30 Project and Construction for Change. As we near the date of breaking ground on the clinic, we wanted to share a few updates on the planning progress from CFC's blog! We can't wait to share more of their progress throughout the summer!
Project, Location: Healthcare Clinic in Bumwalukani, Uganda (the Bududa District)
Partner Organization: FIMRC (Foundation for International Medical Relief for Children)
Population served: 15,499 (14+communities)
A Little Bit about Bumwalukani
Bumwalukani has the highest prevalence of HIV infection in Uganda, with HIV/AIDS levels that are more than twice the national average. The dispersed rural communities around the clinic are comprised of approximately 10,000 to 15,000 inhabitants with an average annual income of $200 (in US dollars). Uganda is ranked as one of the poorest nations in the world and the Bududa District is one of under-resourced districts in Uganda. It is often referred to as the “forgotten zone”.
FIMRC in Bumwalukani
FIMRC began working in Bumwalukani in 2006 in order to meet the severe medical and economic needs of the area. Their mission is to“provide access to medical care for underprivileged and medically underserved families around the world” through access, education, and participation. Since then, they’ve made progress promoting healthy lifestyles and high-quality clinical care. In addition to maintaining ongoing programs, FIMRC also monitors and evaluates with the goal of strengthening weak areas and building stronger programs. FIMRC Health Center works with local partnerships, both government and non-government sectors, to support programs for People Living with HIV/AIDS (PHA), Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), women’s health, maternal and child health, and community outreach.
The FIMRC Clinic
The building will allow the FIMRC team to continue to offer primary care services, but with sufficient space for the growing number of patients. The clinic will allow for better maternal and child health services and adequate building space for initiatives such as HIV testing and counseling. In addition, the clinic will allow FIMRC to expand their services, give privacy for patient services such as HIV counseling, and serve as a space for health education. Below are the many services the FIMRC Clinic will provide to the community:
- Primary care services for patients of all ages
- Antenatal clinic
- HIV testing and counseling
- Malaria testing
- Clinical laboratory
- Implementation of Uganda’s first clinical station system with innovative database system
- Patient Education Program in waiting room
- Women’s groups
- Post Test Club for HIV positive patients
- Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Program
- Pregnant women group
- Community Health Educator Program
- Health education to community orphans schools
- School health clubs
- Malaria net treatment
- Poultry farm for Post Test Club
We are honored to be able to partner with an organization like FIMRC in providing the Bumwalukani community with invaluable access to healthcare, education, and economic opportunity. We believe that strong foundations lay the way for strong futures and we are thankful to be able to be a part of building strong futures for the thousands of people in the Bududa community.