Project Summary

This projects develops primary medical care in Mukono that meets the local conditions and requirements, exactly where it is needed. MediStructures consist of two parts. During the first part, we give basic medical trainings to women from different villages in the district. One woman per village is trained to recognize the most common diseases, and is taught how to treat some simple medical problems. These 'Village Health Workers' learn how diseases such as malaria, HIV, diarrhea and tuberculosis can be prevented, but also how a wound can be kept sterile or when water is safe to drink. The courses are given by local medical staff, assisted by medical students from Europe and under the responsibility of the head of medical staff of the district. The women learn the basics of which disease is serious and which symptoms are harmless, and become a source of medical knowledge on return to their villages.
The second phase of the project starts half a year after each training. We then conclude which women provided most effective medical care, and where that care was most needed. Some participants may for instance live not far from an existing clinic, so that their village already had better access to medical care. In other places, were the need was critical, we construct small clinics, or 'health centers'. The medical trainings are given such that we can allocate a health centre for each 7500 inhabitants of the district. With this strategy, medical care becomes available for everyone. An important aspect of the project is that all costs after the construction are covered by the government (Ministery of Health). These costs include salaries, medication and any tools needed in the clinic. With this guarantee, the project will not fall apart the moment the construction is finished. In the three clinics that we have built so far, around 150 patients are helped every day. We have maternity wards, immunization for newborns, malaria diagnoses, HIV care, referral to specialized care, etc.