Conquerors Ministries International - Uganda is committed to improving the healthcare needs of the poor Ugandans, especially the poor villages that extremely have high rates of malaria and HIV infections among other sicknesses and diseases.
Rapha Medical Center Clinic was put in place to provide health services to a population of over 500,000 people living in the districts of Busoga region such as Mayuge, Bugiri, Namutumba, Namayingo, Luuka, Kamuli, Buyende, Bwondha and Buvuma Island.
Mandate of Rapha Medical Center
To provide specialized affordable health care, train health workers and conduct research in line with the requirements of the Ministry of health in Uganda.
Improving in the total health of the people of Uganda and beyond in order to promote a healthy and productive population.
Excellence in health and wellbeing for the people within our region by attaining and maintaining national standards of care through specialized curative preventive, promotional and rehabilitative services
- Client Focused Service
- Upholding Patient Values and Interest
- Honesty among Staff
- Dignity for all Patients
- Confidentiality in Service Execution
- Christ centered
HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria are preventable and treatable diseases that disproportionately affect the world's poor. Sub-Saharan Africa is the hardest hit region, accounting for 90% of malaria deaths, two-thirds of all people living with HIV and nearly one-third of all TB cases.
The human impact of these diseases is undeniable, but their socioeconomic impact is also severe. HIV and TB often affect people in their most productive years. Businesses are losing their workers, governments are losing their civil servants and families are losing not only their loved ones but also their breadwinners.
The world has battled malaria and TB for centuries, but the immense human toll of AIDS in the late 1990s injected a new urgency into the race for global prevention and treatment efforts. Though the resources to fight these diseases have increased exponentially throughout most of the 2000s, funding remains insufficient for global disease control.
Weak health systems have limited success in the fight against these diseases, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. The shortage of health workers, for example, is a big hurdle in expanding treatment and prevention efforts. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 24% of the global burden of disease, but only 3% of the world's health workforce. Already stretched doctors, nurses and pharmacists, as well as the systems and facilities that support them, must be strengthened to address AIDS, TB and malaria, but also to ensure better basic health outcomes overall.
Rapha Medical Center Clinic intends to strengthen the "Global Gender and Malaria Network" and namely its competencies on gender mainstreaming in malaria control programmes during conflict situations in the African continent. The activities will in fact focus on South Eastern Uganda. Moreover, it will sensitize decision makers at all levels in order to mainstream gender into malaria policies and create an enabling environment so that they can respond appropriately to community concerns.
Malaria doesn't just cause illness and deaths around the world; it decreases productivity and increases the risk of poverty for the communities and countries affected. For example, infection rates are highest during the rainy season, often resulting in decreased agricultural production. In total, malaria costs sub-Saharan Africa an estimated $12 billion in economic productivity, foreign investment, tourism and trade every year, which economists believe may slow economic growth by up to 1.3% per year.
Why is there increased maternity and mortality rate in rural communities of Uganda?
Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) remains very high among rural than urban women. Like most in South Eastern Uganda, where they give birth to nearly three or more children during their reproductive years than urban women (3.8 and 6.8, respectively), this is the reason as to why Rapha Medical Center Clinic is located in the rural area mainly to bring service nearer to mothers and children.
The following are some of the reasons:
- of enough labor facilities in the community, thus increased population pressure on the few available.
- Poor state of the few available labor facilities with no defined maternal wards hence poor labor conditions and postpartum care
- Poor road network and few transport means to take mothers to far places for labour, hence increased maternity and mortality rate.
- Lack of equipment in the few available labour places, prolonging labour and failure to handle emergency cases like C/S.
- Late detection of pregnancy abnormalities, at times which can be avoidable due to reduced antenatal and postnatal care services. This has led to delivery of unsafe/abnormal children, at times with death of the mother.
- Having labour suite at Rapha Medical Center, coupled with professional antenatal care would further facilitate the prevention of mother to child infection e.g. HIV/AIDS and other STDs, ensuring safety of the two.
- The low economic status of the community canīt enables some mothers to access medical attention from far medical facilities.
- Due to a big population in our community and an increased birth rates, less postnatal care is given hence the new born are prone to many problems perhaps death (infant mortality)
- Psychologically some mothers are worried throughout the pregnancy period due to the generally poor health state of the community hence unsafe pregnancies and conditions like hypertension.
- It can also act as a simple economic avenue for the Rapha Medical Center as a health facility.
Administrative challenges in running the Rural Medical ClinicRapha medical center clinic just as any other one would, has suffered quite a number of challenges here in the village for the years in operation since 2012.
Among the challenges, include;
- Sustainability of the medical center administrative costs
- Remuneration of the health workers
- Poverty of the people of the village, hence wanting treatment free
- Drugs being used and lack of adequate funds to replace them.
- Equipment getting worn out and there's lack of money for replacement.
- Losing of competent health workers because of no money to pay them and facilitating them promptly
- Lack of enough funds to pay operational / functional licenses for the health unit annually.
It is upon the above challenges, that the ministry Board sat and agreed to start a new small branch as part of Rapha medical Center Clinic in Kampala city in a potential place and location where we can at least make business and generate income that can support and sustain the rural medical center clinic to serve the rural community as per our mission and vision. A house for hire in Kampala city for this purpose is identified already waiting to pay the rent fee so we can start the new medical business in Kampala. Kampala is the capital city of Uganda which gets close to 5 million people per day hence being a strategic place for an income generating business.
We are therefore prayerfully asking God for the urgent need of $7000 to be spent as follows;
- House rent for 12 months - $1800
- Furniture, shelves, cabins, storage facilities etc. - $ 1500
- Drugs stocking and other medical supplies - $ 3000
- Other expenses - $700
This is an annex income generating activity to be established in Kampala city to financially support the rural medical clinic to take care of the above challenges. It is a self-sustainable business and it just needs a startup capital as shared above.
Rapha Medical center needs ( Prayer Requests )
- Medical mission trips
- Ultra Sound Scan machine
- Dental chair
- CD4 Blood count machine
- Medical Refrigerator equipment
- Fencing of the health facility for security
- Completion of toilets to health standards
- Well-equipped and skilled health team.
- Sterilizers for used equipment.
- Laboratory equipment for investigation and diagnosis
- Need for an Ambulance van for emergency cases and fetching pregnant mothers from their hard to reach homes to the health facility for delivery.
- Need to build a nursing school for the many girls and boys who cannot further their education after high school level.
- Need medical volunteers (short term and long term).
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