Medical Outreach providing free healthcare support for the community of Buwampa,
Tongolo parish, Nyenga Division, Njeru Municipality, Buikwe District on the outskirts of Jinja, Uganda
Rotary Club of Woy Woy District 9685 | Rotary Australia World Community Service project 24/2011-12 | Health, Education and Community Empowerment
 
 
Medical Outreach 2018
Rotary Club of Woy Woy will hold a 3-day Medical Outreach in Buwampa on 14th, 15th and 16th June 2018, at the site of the new Divine Mercy School, a Rotary Woy Woy/RAWCS project, opened in February 2018. 
 
The Buwampa community is situated on the outskirts of Jinja, overlooking Lake Victoria. The greater majority of people who live in this hillside location cannot afford healthcare.
 
A group of four volunteers will travel from Australia for the medical outreach. They will be join by around 100 Ugandan volunteers who have put up their hand to assist in running the outreach. The Ugandan group includes medical personal, Rotarians, security, translators, educators, along with the women from Pure Joy who will provide the catering. Ugandan Rotarians are from our sister club; Rotary Club of Njeru.
 
We anticipate seeing 1,500 to 2,000 patients each day for 3 days and have put in place strategies to manage these substantial numbers. This year we will have clean, private consultation space as well as classrooms we can use for dental, pharmacy, laboratory, ultra sound, family planning, optometry and health education.
 

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
 
Medical Outreach 2017

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 free 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
 
Dentists extracted over 100 teeth over 2 days and 85 ultrasounds were carried out in one day.

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.

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 Doctors Gilbert, Levert and Timothy, Okello Collins and Grace Anyeno. Rotary Club of Woy Woy also thanks all who volunteered their time and expertise to assist the clinic and help the people of Buwampa.