In line with our commitment to promoting community awareness on primary health concerns, YAWE Foundation Uganda embarked on a transformative medical outreach on 29th September 2023. This endeavor, undertaken in collaboration with St Maria Lina Medical Centre in Kyamatanga Parish, Buheesi T/C, Bunyangabu District, marked a significant step toward our vision of an enlightened society through sustainable socio-economic development and good health for all.
Navigating Challenges: Despite facing hurdles like heavy rains and poor road conditions, our dedicated team of professionals and volunteers persevered, reaching the outreach site 25KM away from our base. The unwavering commitment to serving the community prevailed, and we set up stations promptly to provide essential healthcare services.
Comprehensive Services Delivered:
1. Health Education:
Hundreds of community members received thorough health education on various conditions, including NCDs, STDs, HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, and cervical cancer. Our team, including Peace Corps volunteer Andre Buller Abaala, communicated vital health information effectively, bridging language barriers and fostering understanding.
A total of 80 individuals underwent HIV screening, with 1 known positive case receiving proper referral and follow-up. We also distributed and demonstrated the use of HIV self-testing kits, empowering individuals to manage their health proactively.
3. Blood Pressure and Glucose Testing:
Our team conducted blood pressure and glucose measurements, identifying previously undiagnosed cases. Counseling on risk factors, lifestyle modifications, and medication prescriptions were provided, emphasizing the importance of managing hypertension and diabetes.
4. Syphilis Testing and Treatment:
Our team conducted tests for Syphilis. Syphilis screening revealed cases in 9 individuals who were promptly prescribed treatment and referred to St Maria Lina Medical Centre for comprehensive care.
5. Cervical Cancer Screening:
Twenty-four women underwent cervical cancer screening using Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA). Early detection in one case enabled timely referral for treatment, emphasizing the critical role of preventive healthcare.
6. Community Engagement and Empowerment:
Beyond medical services, we distributed 800 condoms, provided deworming tablets to 96 clients, and offered Vitamin A supplementation to children and adults. Medical consultations addressed a range of health concerns, including STDs/STIs, UTIs, peripheral neuropathies, and peptic ulcer disease.
YAWE Foundation’s medical outreach in Bunyangabu District stands as a testament to our unwavering commitment to community health. Through education, early detection, and comprehensive care, we are breaking barriers and ensuring that essential healthcare reaches even the most underserved communities. Together, we are fostering a healthier, enlightened society where everyone has access to quality healthcare, aligning with our vision of good health for all.