Kamengo Medical Mission March 2019
Dates: March 7th to March 23rd 2019
Mission Lead: Christine Souliere and Jimmy Sebulime
per participant: $2,820 (does not include airfare)
Estimated Flight Cost: $1,800 - $2,500 (flights + 15% administration fee on cost of flights)
**subject to change
Partners: Ggoli Health Centre, Nkozi Hospital and Agnes Zabali Boys & Girls Club.
Beneficiaries: 3000-3500 patients
Primary mission languages: English and Luganda
Objective: To provide free primary health care to the vulnerable population at Ggoli Health Centre and Nkozi Hospital in Uganda.
GGOLI HEALTH CENTRE The Ggoli Health Centre is a private, not for profit and a non-governmental unit. It was founded in 1985 by Reverand Fr. Joseph Lubega who was the then parish priest of Ggoli parish and the mandate of the centre was to offer medical care to the rural population. The health center is under the umbrella of the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau Director and is a referral clinic for many other local rural health dispensaries. The management is guided by the Spirit of stewardship, shared responsibility, transparency and accountability. The GHC has less than 20 beds with an occupancy rate of 60-80%. Out-patient, in-patient, ophthalmology, HIV care and treatment, dentistry, orthopedics, and maternity is provided at GHC. Typical cases include malaria, pneumonia, UTI, diarrhea, worms, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and baby delivery. Patients for which services cannot be provided are referred to the Nkozi Hospital.
NKOZI HOSPITAL: Nkozi is a private not for profit community hospital, located in rural Mpigi District in central Uganda approximately 15km from Kamengo along the Masaka highway. The Hospital has 100 beds, with a theatre that conducts both minor and major surgeries. The facility is owned by the trustees of Kampala archdiocese and operates 24 hours. The hospital offers preventative, curative and promotive health services both on site and in outreaches.
It is at this hospital where x-rays and ultrasounds are conducted and minor surgeries are performed. While efforts are made to keep health care costs to a minimum, the cost of receiving health care and medications remains a great obstacle for most people living in the catchment area. Costs are subsidized by the government however funding shortages for the daily operations of the health centre are not uncommon. Please visit www.nkozihospital.org for more information about Nkozi Hospital.
Please consider joining this trip to Uganda with CACHA. No doubt this will be rewarding and an amazing two weeks in the community that we have been volunteering in for the last 10 years! In addition to making a difference, you will experience the unique culture of Uganda.
CACHA medical missions consist of international and local clinic officers, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, pharmacists, dentists, ophthalmologists, physiotherapists, other health workers and coordinators, and logisticians (non-medical workers). The entire mission is in partnership with our local partners and it is this partnership that allows us to bring much needed medical care to those that need the care.
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CACHA medical missions are non-profit and self-funded by volunteers and their donors. The mission cost is disbursed over a variety of mission-related expenses including; accommodation, food, in-country transportation, allowances for locally engaged partners, medical and logistics equipment and supplies, communications, customs, medical treatments and referrals for patients, as well as CACHA overhead and management, CACHA membership fee, and helps to support many of our CACHA projects.
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To join this mission, please complete and send an application form, along with your CV to CACHA's Missions Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org, as well as to the Mission Leads Christine Soulière email@example.com and Jimmy Sebulime firstname.lastname@example.org.