BCDC is dedicated to increasing the community’s access to quality healthcare. Multiple initiatives are aimed at combating common illnesses such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, typhoid fever, worms, syphilis and other STIs as well as providing much needed contraception and perinatal services.
- BCDC has constructed the area’s first-ever health clinic that includes a pharmacy, laboratory, and exam rooms to serve the people of the Kibaale District.
- The BCDC also hosts an annual medical outreach trip. The 2014 and 2015 trips treated and tested 1,300 and 1,700 people, respectively
- In addition to providing acute and chronic disease management our clinicians are providing much needed health education for prevention and improved overall health for all ages. This includes nutrition, wound and disease management, family planning services, and hygiene.
- The organization is also improving childhood health through access to latrines, safe drinking water, and clean water for washing hands.
- BCDC has also built a new six-person latrine near the health clinic and school in Kiryabicooli.
Em’s Health Clinic
Em’s Health clinic opened its doors in November of 2014, and the growth has been amazing. We currently have a clinical officer, 2 nurses, a midwife, a lab technician and clinic manager that are caring for approximately 320 patients per month. The following services are provided at minimal cost to the patients: antenatal care, HIV testing and linkage to care, immunizations, treatment of malaria and other infectious diseases, primary care, urgent care, and family planning. We offer classes in nutrition, family planning, pregnancy health and HIV prevention.
The clinic consists of a pharmacy, a consultation room, a laboratory, two inpatient rooms with three beds each, an delivery room and a storage room. and we have now out grown it. We have actually had typhoid outbreaks where we have so many patients we put cots on the floor in the waiting room and the pharmacy to care for the patients in need. We have become a trusted center in the community and we are so proud of the work Em’s staff is doing.
Our goals over the next two years are as follows:
- To become an HIV clinic to treat the HIV positive members of our community. Currently the closet HIV clinic is about 20 miles away making it very difficult for the patients to remain in care.
- To expand our antenatal program. We were able to take an ultrasound machine to the clinic this past January, This has been a much needed piece of equipment to ensure safe deliveries as we do not have an operating room and the big risk women can now be safely referred to the hospital.
- To hire an additional clinical officer to allow for the care of more medically couples patients.
- To do more outreach into villages that are too far for patients to get to us, particularly around HIV care and improved health of children.
Along with the work that is done daily at Em’s Clinic, every January we host medical professionals from the US who are either doctors, nurse practitioner, nurses and pharmacists. Together with our Ugandan team we travel out to more remote village and proved free medical care for a week. We have done this for 6 years and each year we see approximately 1350 patients. This week is a highlight for the US team as well as for the Ugandan team.. The exchange of information whether it be medical or cultural is amazing. Most of the medical team return year after year and the Ugandans look forward to this week all year. The laughter and leo that is shared during that week is magical.
To provide health to our community is an honor. To have become a trusted center is also an honor. The gratitude that flows back and forth is a feeling that is very difficulty to describe in words. Em’s clinic is saving lives and changing lives and we hope to continue to do so for many years to come.