KIHEFO promotes local initiated solutions to fight disease, ignorance and poverty in southwestern Uganda
698 people attended KIHEFO’s most recent medical outreach camp in Nyamakukuru, Rukungiri District, Uganda on 21st January 2014.
This week’s camp saw people with a range of health conditions, from minor cases to very serious ones. Some people, like Generoza Matumbika, have struggled with a condition for years without finding a successful treatment.
Generoza attended the medical outreach camp in Nyamakukuru to see a doctor about painful scarring which covers much of her chest and back. The affected skin had been painful, especially as it periodically became infected. She had suffered from this condition for over twenty years. She had seen a traditional healer in the past about the problem, and had seen doctors but had been unable to afford treatment.
Fortunately, Dr Geoffrey Anguyo was able to diagnose Generoza’s condition and she has now been given drugs to relieve the pain. In the future, she may need surgery on the affected skin and further medication to stop the build up of painful scar tissue. After visiting the outreach camp, she also better understands her condition and the steps needed to treat it.
It is the third of KIHEFO’s medical outreach camps of the year, with many more planned for 2014. The camps bring together a wide range of local clinicians who volunteer their time to see some of the world’s poorest people. Patients at the camp can have a general health check up, HIV test or visit a dentist, optician or family planning adviser. All of these services are provided free of charge.
The medical outreach camps take KIHEFO’s clinicians out into Uganda’s rural areas where access to health services is very poor. Often this is the only chance that people in rural communities will have to see a clinician. Sometimes, it is the first time they have ever seen a doctor. Where possible, people will be treated on site but it is sometimes necessary to refer them to hospital or a specialist.
For Nyamakukuru residents, the only alternative health services to KIHEFO’s medical outreach are those in the nearest town; 25km away. People walked up to 15km to come to the outreach.
As usual, KIHEFO brought a variety of medicines and prescription glasses, which were handed out for free to those who need them.
IHEFOK’s medical outreach camps will continue over 2014. In February, there will be an intensive fortnight of eight camps. At these camps, KIHEFO’s local volunteer clinicians will be joined by a group of Canadian doctors from development organisation To The World.