Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The time we spent at the Kikandwa health clinic just outside of Kampala was truly an eye-opening experience for me. Kikandwa, in the short time it has been open, has already made a huge difference in the lives of hundreds of Ugandans living in this area. As a health center III, Kikandwa fulfills a variety of functions in the village. The duties and treatments the medical staff can provide include but are not limited to; maternity tests, prenatal care and test, blood tests for diseases like typhoid, HIV, Varicella, Syphilis, treatments for ulcers, urinalysis, etc. The clinic contains reception, library and scan room, doctor’s exam room, a laboratory, treatment room, the main ward, and pharmacy. The entire operation is almost exclusively run by nurses, but doctors will come to the clinic to check in from time to time.

The mission at Kikandwa relates to sustainable development primarily through the goals of good health and well-being, decent work and economic growth, and sustainable cities and communities. As a healthcare center, it is Kikandwa’s mission to provide medical care Ugandans finding themselves in rural villages. Building the clinic in a rural area provides new opportunities for employment for the people currently living there. Lastly, it contributes to sustaining the community, as the clinics continued efforts toward fighting disease and providing care improves the quality of life for all Ugandans that are able to access it.

Questions for the group:
1)      How do you think Kikandwa can move away from being a primarily donor funded clinic?

2)      Do you believe adding a specialized ward to Kikandwa to treat a specific group like children or pregnant mothers would be beneficial to the sustainability of the clinic?

4 comments:

  1. Yes kikandwa mainly relies on donor funding and from our study trip we all know that donor funding is not sustainable but inorder to overcome this kikandwa has many partners involved like drake University,the church of uganda and the rotary club of kampala south. On top of this prof Debra Bishop not only pays a visit annually but has a personal relationship with both the patients like Beckham's mum and the staff atleast this will see kikandwa through many years to come.we have to give credit where it's due kikandwa health Centre has provided health care and employment to the people and it has changed lives. Drake students like Natalie,Hannah,Rachel,kaleb and many others that gave their all to the people of kikandwa through the different projects they did is very admirable and I wish us as ugandans could use the little resources we have to help out one another for the good of us and our generations.this would take us places.

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  2. Yes kikandwa mainly relies on donor funding and from our study trip we all know that donor funding is not sustainable but inorder to overcome this kikandwa has many partners involved like drake University,the church of uganda and the rotary club of kampala south. On top of this prof Debra Bishop not only pays a visit annually but has a personal relationship with both the patients like Beckham's mum and the staff atleast this will see kikandwa through many years to come.we have to give credit where it's due kikandwa health Centre has provided health care and employment to the people and it has changed lives. Drake students like Natalie,Hannah,Rachel,kaleb and many others that gave their all to the people of kikandwa through the different projects they did is very admirable and I wish us as ugandans could use the little resources we have to help out one another for the good of us and our generations.this would take us places.

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  3. Great post Ross! Without relying on donations, Kikandwa would either need help from the government or to be bought out and privatized by a single person. I'm not quite sure which would be better for the clinic itself. For the second question, I think adding a specialized ward would be very beneficial to the clinic, especially a maternity wing. Giving birth is dangerous in a third ward country, and it would be great to see it become safer.

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