The Rotary Club of Woy Woy facilitated a 2-day Medical Outreach to provide healthcare support for the community in Buwampa village, Tongolo parish, Nyenga Division, Njeru Municipality, Buikwe District on the outskirts of Jinja, Uganda on 14-15 June 2017
Rotary Club of Woy Woy District 9685 | Rotary Australia World Community Service project 24/2011-12 | Health, Education and Community Empowerment
 
 

About Buwampa

The Buwampa community is situated on the outskirts of Jinja, overlooking Lake Victoria. The greater majority of people who live in this remote, hillside location are poor and cannot afford healthcare, which resulted in an overwhelming response to the free clinic. 

Volunteer team

The Ugandan team organised volunteer medical staff, medications, laboratory and local support. Medical staff included doctors, medical students, an ultrasound sonographer, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and family planning. Local support was provided by health centre staff, community leaders (translators), political support, police and security.
 
Five volunteers from Rotary Club of Woy Woy, which included 2 medical professionals from Central Coast Health District, assisted the Ugandan medical team.

The 2-day clinic

Women, children, pregnant mothers, families, individual men and women, the elderly and physically infirm trekked for miles along dusty roads, some arriving at 6am to queue for treatment at the clinic which began at 9am each day and continued until dusk.  

3,856 patients were seen

The common treatments were for:
malaria | parasitic infections | skin diseases | respiratory illness | hypertension
typhoid | toothache | gastrointestinal problems | eye problems | bone malfunction
 
The dentists extracted over 100 teeth over 2 days and 85 ultrasounds were carried out in one day.

Community feedback

Feedback from the community to the outreach has been very positive. Patients appreciated being able to discuss their ailments with health workers, receive advice and testing, free medication and hospital or health centre referral if they required further treatment. The Hon. Minister of Internal Affairs who visited the clinic was appreciative of the service we had provided for the sick people in the district and invited and encouraged us to come back again for this much-needed service.

Thank you

The 2017 Buwampa Medical Outreach was a huge logistical undertaking that could not have been done without the commitment and dedication of the Ugandan team of Okello and Grace Collins, Dr Levert, Dr Timothy and Dr Gilbert. Rotary Club of Woy Woy also thanks all those who volunteered their time and expertise to assist the clinic and help the people of Buwampa.  

2018 Buwampa Medical Outreach

Discussions are taking place to address issues arising from the 2017 clinic, improve conditions on the ground and lay down plans to conduct a similar medical outreach in the Buwampa community in 2018.

Find out more

For more information on this project and the sponsorship opportunities available, please contact:
Sue O'Neill, Service Project Manager, Rotary Club of Woy Woy
mobile: 0404 432 690