KIHEFO promotes local initiated solutions to fight disease, ignorance and poverty in southwestern Uganda
The following story was documented and written by Toronto-based medical student, Nikki Fischer, who recently wrapped up two months volunteering with KIHEFO in Kabale, Uganda.
On the first day of the TO the World Outreach Camps in the village of Hamurwa, Kabale, the triage team quickly identified two young girls who both had severely high fevers and were unable to walk. Immediately, the girls were given IV fluids and a dose of antibiotics and taken to KIHEFO in the ambulance to be admitted for further treatment.
One month later, we followed up with the girls and their mothers.
Mother: Tumuhese Justine
Daughter: Nasaasira Tarrent, age 6
Justine told us that her daughter had been very weak since birth and would frequently experience severe abdominal pain and be unable to walk. Just before the medical camp, when Tarrent became ill, her mother had little hope for her daughter’s recovery.
In TO the World and KIHEFO’s team provided free medical treatment for Tarrent, and in addition, she spent a week at KIHEFO’s Clinic for rehabilitation.
Today she is now strong and able to dance and go to school. Her mother is very happy and told KIHEFO that she wished to give a bull to the Canadian medical team in gratitude for their support and services.
Mother: Kyarimpa Sylivia
Daughter: Asiimwe Margaret, 8
Sylivia explained that prior to being seen at the outreach camp, her daughter Margaret had a very swollen left leg for one week and was unable to walk. She was constantly crying in pain and had to be carried. Sylivia is very grateful that her daughter was able to receive treatment from the Canadian doctors.
Margaret was admitted to KIHEFO for a week and is now much better! She is able to walk and has a very healthy appetite. As she is still limping, they are looking forward to coming back to KIHEFO for follow-up so that her condition can be monitored.
For more information on TO the WORLD and how you can be involved in supporting future medical outreach camps in Kabale, Uganda – please click here.