can benefit from your skills, your contacts and knowledge
- from there or with you in Lukuli
founders of Hope Clinic Lukuli were all seeing the struggles
for health care in the community from first-hand experience.
They lived and still live in Lukuli and Konge and Makindye
villages and see the clinic as they pass each day and
give advice and support when they can. The community leaders
do the same. But sometimes the greatest support is provided
by a person who has contacts, can introduce us to their
company's charity committee, can write a newspaper article,
update our website, include us in their technical trainings
in Kampala or spend a few hours, days or weeks working
at our clinic.
have for the past couple of years hosted UK medical elective
students, a Canadian Family Doctor whose spouse had a
job in Kampala, an experienced UK GP with six months at
the end of a VSO assignment, a keen community volunteer
in country through her spouse and who found here drive
to now enter a career in public health. There are many
others who find spaces for our staff to join a classroom,
tell our story or get their employer involved. We have changed our expectations and offering of electives to part-qualified medical students
as whist they found it interesting
and thought provoking, it can be a combination of quiet periods and very busy clinics for our
staff. Hope Clinic is a relatively small facility and although the days can be varied and fascinating, this elective is most suited to students who are proactive in their practice and who are happy to work on Public Health initiatives and mobile clinics in addition to the regular clinical work undertaken at Hope Clinic. This is because the clinic can experience periods of extreme quiet as well as very busy periods. Students who would prefer a more constant and settled clinical elective may be better applying to a larger hospital such as Mulago Hospital Complex and arranging to make some day visits to Hope Clinic to see the work undertaken here. If this latter option is of interest then students should enquire with Hope Clinic and their preferred hospital whether such excursions to Hope Clinic will be practical. We are now also interested in more
experienced medics, through Out Of Programme schemes
to spend a number of months with us.
the past, aside from financial donations:
and Julia have supported us in so many ways; including
technical forms, timely reassurance and several financial
donations. We are very grateful and as with all those
who express an interest in the clinic we stay in touch
through an update bulletin. Glenda Martin, a retired nurse
from Canada, was visiting her daughter, Julia, and family
in Uganda and was able to spend time with our medical
and administrative staff to help them streamline their
medical reporting and patient management records. Thanks
to Glenda and Julia we have set up the patients’
card system and have detailed statistical data for the
Divisional officers and the Ministry of Health.
Volunteers Overseas, in the person of Sandy Logue, helped
us in 2003 with the provision of baby resuscitation training.
She was linked to the clinic through the Uganda coordinator
for HVO.org, based at the Mulago Hospital, Orthopaedic
to this we received from Mrs Jilly McMinn, a supporter
in the UK, funding to purchase an Ambu-bag which can be
a life-saving but simple tool to ensure that newborn babies
have sufficient air just after delivery to safeguard against
brain damage after a long delivery. Linking this to the
training by Sandy has helped several babies.
find that individuals in development organisations really
want to help us, they can see how the way we work with
the community and the government to identify needs and
plan and implement the appropriate response is where the
donor money should be going.
contact the clinic
if you think you can spare your time or make a connection
to help our community.
supporters reports in their blogs
immunisation day or a
client of our HIV service or our
maternal health services. We have been interviewed
by CNN, Reuters and journalists of National Public Radio
in the US and the BBC.