Providing medical care to more than 16,000 patients a year
► SUUBI MEDICAL CARE CENTER
Ugandan medical personnel provide care to around 400 patients each week. We have one of the five doctors in the entire Kayunga District, which has a population of over 400,000 people. Patients under the age of 12 are seen for free while older patients pay a small fee. The clinic has grown rapidly and we are expanding. Suubi Hospital will be a regional medical facility, with beds and a maternity ward.
► PUBLIC HEALTH TRAINING
Public health professionals educate the community about safe waste management practices, AIDS/HIV education, personal hygiene, and nutrition. This information changes the practices of entire families; where they bury waste, where they get their water, and when they wash their hands.This practical information increases their health so that they can avoid malaria, HIV, typhoid, and other illnesses. Avoiding illness increases quality of life for the whole community.
► CLEAN WATER
We facilitate local community leaders and well builders to develop and maintain clean wells for the community. The severe drought in 2016 has taught the community the importance of deep wells. Most of the common illnesses in Bukeka are caused by dirty water. The families that make the long trip to a clean well suffer fewer illnesses, which increases their ability to work and make an income. The whole community appreciates both the health and economic benefits of clean water.
► MEDICAL CLINICS
Each year, Global Hands of Hope brings together local and international doctors, nurses, dentists, surgeons and pharmacists to serve the larger community through week-long medical clinics. An average of 4,000 people are treated in each of these clinics, bringing much needed critical care to this community. Sick and injured people walk (or are carried) up to 20 miles to have access to a group of doctors and surgeons who have the resources and training to treat a variety of illnesses.