For a considerably long time in the community of Kirongo, there has been a problem of poor health and lack of medical facilities to take care of the many health problems. The nearest hospital is over 10 km away from this community and hence it has been a great challenge to get treatment at the right time to avoid complications and resulting to loss of lives. This necessitated the initiation of the Ted Rayner Memorial clinic by Jan Rayner in memory of her husband Ted.
The clinic is situated at Kirongo, an affiliate organization of the Upendo Foundation International. This facility re opened on the 15th Sept 2017 after declining for 2 years due to insufficient supply of medical equipment and lack of qualified nursing staff to offer clinical services to the patients. Jan Rayner, championed a fundraising exercise that has seen the clinic receive medical supplies and hiring of a Nurse Aid, supervised by a qualified Clinical officer seconded to the facility from the Government Ministry of Health. The community turned out in large numbers on the opening day which was a free camp for all patients with different ailments. Children were de-wormed, patients with different infections eg malaria and typhoid were tested and treated free of charge. Individual clients volunteered for HIV/AIDS testing and quite a good number were attended to. The field officers, the Nurse and Community Health workers are carrying a continuous mobilization exercise to sensitize the community to use the facility to help reduce the rate of infections and to get quick and timely response to their health needs.
It is intended that the clinic will gradually expand to offer pre/post natal services, immunization, HIV/AIDS testing and counselling services, referrals and other health outreach programmes in collaboration with the other stakeholders and health providers so as to ensure a collective approach to the health challenges that affect the community. Volunteers from other countries and health institutions are urged to offer medical services at the clinic. Currently a volunteer Richard Stewart will visit and work at the clinic for 1 month and there are many more expected to volunteer to help improve the health conditions of the vulnerable community members.
The clinic runs from Monday to Friday and all patients with different health problems are encouraged to visit the facility to get the services.
Upendo has the pleasure to thank Jan Rayner for her tireless and selfless efforts to fundraise towards the building and development of the clinic. It is our desire that we collectively join efforts with the community, stakeholders and sponsors to help this facility expand and operate effectively to prevent, control and manage the outbreak of the common diseases that affect the members and more so, the children in the local communities. Being in good health means that communities will have the energy to do other activities effectively to improve their livelihoods.
Leonard Odongo - Program Manager