At the HOPE Clinic, we offer treatment and medication for all residents who come looking for help with treatable diseases such as malaria, fevers, headaches, diarrhea, coughs, minor cuts, wounds, and burns.
We stock the Clinic monthly with all the necessary medicines. Since we are staffed with just one nurse’s aide, we are limited to a Monday through Friday, three hours a day operation. Up to 400 patients a month receive care, the majority are children, but include a sizeable number elderly patients.
The country’s health indicators are also among the lowest in sub-Saharan African. Preventable diseases – including prenatal and maternal illnesses, malaria and diarrhea — take a major toll.
HIV/AIDS continues to be a significant challenge. We see some 20-30 known HIV patients on a regular basis. Some 1 million Ugandans have died of this disease. There are an estimated 2.3 million orphans, mostly due to HIV.
HOW CAN I HELP? Malaria treatment medication averages $5 and in the peak seasons February to April and August to October we may treat up to 20 malaria patients a day. Our monthly Clinic expenses amount to about $300, including the nurse’s aide salary. We are in a process of recruiting another health worker to help with current patient load. Training a nurse’s aide will cost approximately $1000 for 12 months of professional training.