CHILDREN OF RWENZORI´S OBJECTIVE
Children of Rwenzori will aim to create better living conditions for the people of Bugoye and Maliba and the surrounding areas, which involves providing outgoing information and education, offering pregnancy control, safe births and follow-up to mother and child after birth, as well as receiving and giving treatment to patients with simpler health challenges. Children of Rwenzori will also help to provide employees with a safe workplace.
We will give the population information and knowledge to enable them to cope with daily challenges and have a health program that reduces sickness and deaths. We will have a good program for mother and child in connection with pregnancy, birth and follow-up after birth. To enable that we must employ competent and dedicated health workers who thrive and want to serve the people.
PREGNANCY – BIRTH – MATERNITY
We will invite all mothers to come for prenatal care at least four times before birth and the maternity department must be able to handle approx. 1000 births a year, ie approx. three births per day on average.
From the first day of the opening we must check all the pregnant women´s HIV status and provide the necessary follow-up procedure during pregnancy and childbirth. No child should be infected by its mother at our health center.
We will provide that at all families get at least one maternity visit within one week after birth. This will be done in cooperation with the VHT. We will also offer all children in the area at least two follow-up-visits at the health center every year during five years.
We will provide general information on pregnancy and childbirth at the pregnancy controls and teach the mothers about children’s health, hygiene and nutrition and encourage the mothers to come to pregnancy controls at least 3 times during pregnancy.
To be able to handle this promise, we are building a clinic with enough capacity and will employ the right number of qualified midwives and doctors, also acquire enough and proper equipment. We will make a plan for evacuation when a mother needs help to be hospitalized during birth and always have a team ready to do a caesarean section when necessary.
We will cooperate with the local VHT on follow-up of mother and child after childbirth and provide information on nutrition, hygiene and family planning.
The number of women suffering from obstetric fistula in Uganda is estimated at 200 000 with about 1 900 new cases every year. Young women under the age of 19 are at risk of suffering pregnancy related disability such as obstetric fistula. Uganda has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the world and obstetric fistula symptoms are more prevalent among the western and central regions. Children of Rwenzori Health Center will therefore have focus on preventing and rehabilitation of obstetric fistula.
HIV / AIDS
To meet with the HIV/Aids challenge we will test all patients seeking help in our facility. We must also ensure that the employees have competence in HIV/ Aids treatments and have enough medicine in stock to be able to meet the need. We will use the education pavilion to provide general information and arrange days for testing, guidance, treatment and follow-up.
We will provide information about malaria in the educational pavilion and encourage everyone to take precautions seriously and come to the health center on time to get treatment. We must try to find a way to get cheap mosquito nets to everyone. We will have enough medicines in stock and ensure that employees have enough knowledge of the latest in malaria treatment.
In Uganda like the rest of the world, the interaction between TB and HIV has not only increased the burden of both diseases amongst people but has also led to an urgent need to control the transmission of TB and HIV. The emergence of Multi drug resistant TB complicates the picture further. It will be extremely important that Children of Rwenzori Health Center follow the evidence-based guidelines set up by the Ministry of Health.