Mobile Medical Clinic Sponsorship

Brit Olam operates and sustains mobile clinics in rural areas in which there is no medical health care. There, high quality medical services are given by our volunteers- doctors and nurses. Come and help us ensure healthy lives and wellbeing- an essential ingredient for sustainable development.

"Nine tenths of our happiness is based on our health"
Arthur Schopenhauer

Background

The Ugandan health system is organized so that there are government health centers in the large towns where, ideally, there is a general doctor, but more commonly a clinical officer. In mid-sized towns, there are “health centers” usually staffed by a nurse. Small towns and the remaining rural areas (most Ugandans live in the rural areas), have no health services at all. The large distances and dirt roads make access to the health centers too expensive, too far, and inaccessible to a large part of the population. Thus, our aim is to enable physician volunteers conducted a mobile clinic in villages in the area on a regular basis.

Sponsorship programs:

General support

Your contribution will allow us to run the program on a regular basis, in a stable and continuous manner. Your donation will help us financing for fuel, vehicles, food for the staff on work days and more.

 We are proposing 5 different types of donation:

  • $1,000: I would like to support the medical team at the cost of $1,000
  • $500: I would like to support the medical team at the cost of $500
  • $200: I would like to support the medical team at the cost of $200
  • $100: I would like to support the medical team at the cost of $100
  • $50: I would like to support the medical team at the cost of $50

Supporting a physician volunteer

Doctors and nurses volunteering with the project are traveling for a period of 3 months or more. Our volunteers are entitled to full coverage of expenses – including flights, visas, insurance and living expenses. Volunteers must complete travel vaccination and acquire needed medications including malaria prevention meds.

Your donation will enable our volunteers to take this opportunity and use their medical skills in order to help other in need. Here, we offer 3 types of donation: 

  • $2,400: I would like to support the medical team’s travel for a period of 3 months at the cost of $2,400
  • $1,600: I would like to support the medical team’s travel for a period of 2 months at the cost of $1,600
  • $800: I would like to support the medical team’s travel for a period of 1 month at the cost of $800

Supporting equipment and medicine

The large distances and dirt roads make access to the health centers too expensive, too far, and inaccessible to a large part of the population. Our staff travels approximately 8 times a month to different villages around the area of the main hospital. 

Our medical team takes care of all the needs of the local population- blood tests, diabetes tests, HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, vaccines and more. These require a large variety of medical equipment, including needles, urine and blood tests, medication and hospital referrals if needed. 

Your donation will enable us to hold these travel days. You may choose to donate:

  • $2,400: I would like to support a full month of travels (8 days) at the cost of $2,400
  • $1,200: I would like to support half a month of travels (4 days) at the cost of $1,200
  • $300: I would like to support one travel at the cost of $300
  • I would like to choose how many days I wish to support.

 

Outreach clinic

Establish outreach clinic

To this day, our clinics take place in a small, dilapidated room that usually serves as a local store/ church/ school class or any other building at the village. The building is cleared out every time the medical team arrives, and is converted into a medical clinic.  

We strive to establish dedicated buildings for outreach clinics that will be located in each of the designated villages.

If you have not found a suitable option for you to donate, please contact us and we will be happy to tailor an option for you.

Let's start from the beginning...

The Mobile Medical Clinic program has developed from “Israeli Medicine on the Equator” project. The program “Israeli Medicine on the Equator” in Uganda has been conducted by Brit Olam and its partners since 2005. The project is based on overlapping medical teams volunteering for a period of several months. Most teams consist of two doctors or a doctor and nurse. From 2005 to 2011, almost 40 Israeli medical personnel participated in the program.  The program was temporarily discontinued from 2011 to 2013, but renewed in 2014 at the welcome initiative of Dr. Reut Harel and Dr. Eitan Miron.

The main goal of the project is to provide operational assistance to the Kiboga District Hospital and support for developing its medical capabilities. This hospital is located in a rural area 120km northwest of the capital city of Kampala, in one of the poorest districts in Uganda. Furthermore, this project aims to implement an ongoing program that improves local capacities and prioritizes sustainability. This is accomplished by the provision of community clinics and an education training course to medical personnel at the hospital, to advance health practices for adults, children, and families; and thereby to improve the living conditions and quality of life of the local community in this region of Uganda. The Israeli medical team works in close collaboration with local health workers and municipality.

The outreach clinics idea came from the understanding that small towns, villages and the remaining rural areas (in which most Ugandans live), have no health services at all.

After consulting with the District Health Director and other local medical personnel, the village of Kabuye was selected for the first clinic. Kabuye, is located one hour away on rough roads, is set in a vast pastureland in an area considered the dairy producer of the district.

The Kabuye mobile clinic takes place in a small, dilapidated room that serves as a local store, which is cleared out every time the clinic arrives. In the back of the room is the patient intake – patient history, a very basic physical examination, initial lab tests, and distribution of medicines. In the front of the room, the triage and HIV tests take place. There is a broad range of problems – many new diagnoses of HIV, many STDs and skin diseases, many chronic problems that have never been treated.

After several visits to Kabuye, a second field clinic was started in the village of Degaya. This village was selected because it is one of the poorest in the region, and many children arrive in the hospital with severe malnutrition. The clinic in Degaya is held in a church in the center of the village. Each time, dozens of villagers wait outside the church for the volunteers to arrive to receive medical treatment. The need is enormous. Several children with convulsive illnesses have never been treated. Other cases include undiagnosed TB, and a host of untreated chronic diseases, and much more.

Education and training for medical staff

Due to the shortage of doctors in the hospital (one doctor per shift in the entire hospital), intake on most patients is done by the clinical officer, who has basic training in the treatment of only common medical conditions and emergencies.

To improve the treatment of all patients and have a sustainable long-term effect, educational meeting and lectures with the clinical officers and nursing staff in an effort to expand their knowledge about various subjects identified as problematic and to modify problematic work procedures. Lectures were previously given by the volunteers, who have worked closely with the staff throughout the year and have good relations with them. The approach is positive and the staff shows great willingness to learn and change work procedures and methods. A structured educational program is currently being developed so that local clinical officers themselves will conduct lectures in the future.

Stories from the field

Our volunteers speak and testify: the sights they see in Uganda

“Another young woman lay in the ward for several weeks with a severe internal infection after a miscarriage. A week went by and there was no improvement. It turned out that she was not receiving the full antibiotic course every day because getting antibiotics three times a day is simply an unreasonable demand here. Even when the nurse came to give her the medication, some was missing and the patient had no money to buy it on her own. Naturally, no one bothers to consult a doctor and see whether it’s possible to give her a different medicine. For several days, we made sure she was receiving each and every dose of the antibiotics. What a surprise – upon receipt of the medication, her condition actually improved.”
“Apparently when duty calls, our car can also function as a 4-wheel drive. After an hour and a half drive on a shitty dirt road, we arrive in Kabuye, a small village in the middle of nowhere, where we are to start our first outreach clinic. Here we are meant to meet up with a nurse who arrives once a month to vaccinate children. When we ask the locals to point us to the place where they vaccinate, we are shown a few plastic chairs under a tree in the village center. The nurse clearly hasn't arrived yet (nor will she arrive during the next few hours we spend at the village). Two men who are dressed as if they speak English approach us. A precise estimation – they do. They offer to help and take us to see the relevant personae in the village. Among others we meet the local 'VHT' (village health team) volunteer – a woman in her 50s who has some basic training. She conducts health talks in the village about various prevention issues and gives out medications to children when they come down with malaria or pneumonia. She shows us an impressive book in which she documents all her activities. Next, we look for a place where we can hold our clinic (since plastic chairs under a tree don't allow much privacy to the patients). One of the men offers his father's shop – a 3x2 meter room, where currently 4 people are living. We agree that for a small price, the shop will be cleared on the agreed upon date, chairs and desks will be brought in, and in the shed behind the house we will be able to conduct preventative medicine health talks. All parties are content, medicine boxes are ready, and our outreach clinic will set out in two weeks' time.”
“The first time we opened the clinic, we were swamped by a massive crowd. Dozens of people almost beat each other up to get in to see the doctors. Later, we perfected the system, began to work in 2 rooms, added to our team a big-boned clinical officer, who does triage, hands out numbers to the patients (in an attempt to create an orderly line), performs HIV testing, and mainly prevents the human masses from trampling us. In the back room, together with the nurses we examine the patients, dispense medications, and perform basic lab tests. We see people who have STDs or severe chronic illnesses who have never been seen by a doctor or received any treatment (at most, they bought some medication from a nurse in a private “pharmacy”- not what you’re picturing) in the village. Lots of people come who have never been tested for AIDS and there are quite a few new diagnoses. We give them a talk about the illness and send them to continue treatment in the government AIDS clinics. Children with malaria, pneumonia, and chronic problems – such as a 7-year-old boy who has a chronic eye infection that affects his vision and makes it impossible for him to go to school (and is already showing signs of improvement with the treatment). At times, the work is fascinating, at times exhausting, but we hope (and are already starting to feel) that going there and treating patients who have very poor access to medical care is important and beneficial.”
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