When Uganda Counseling and Support Services (UCSS) arrived in the community of Bulike, there was no medical care, and people were dying daily of malaria and diarrhea that are so easily and cheaply treated here in the United States.
In addition to drilling fresh water wells, one of the first things we did was tackle the lack of medicine by offering free mobile clinics which then grew to more comprehensive clinics that treated over 600 patients per day.
In 2013 we built and opened a permanent medical center that provides antenatal, family planning services, and other nursing procedures. The center also offers treatment of a host of diseases including; malaria, pneumonia, upper respiratory tract infections, peptic ulcers, hypertension, pelvic inflammatory diseases, skin infections, eye cases, intestinal worms and dental cases. Dozens of children receive immunizations and counseling is available continuously.
In February 2013 UCSS started construction of a permanent block for the health facility in Bulike and commenced static medical services at the unit in July, providing the community with drugs, paying heath workers and also buying hospital equipment.
Today, the number of deaths have dropped from at least one per day to one per week or even less, and it continues to improve as we reach more and more people.
But the need is still bigger: we don’t have enough staff to deal with the demand, we don’t have the right equipment or enough beds. The lighting system is insufficient which and our maternity ward is ill-equipped. We have no way of reliably transporting people quickly to the center.