Suubi Medical centre’s primary mandate is to provide increased access to health care and medical treatment to village populations who have previously lacked such basic services. Suubi Medical centre operates a clinic in addition to conducting extensive outreach services throughout Busu village and the Bulamagi County in order to provide vaccinations, maternal and paediatric health services as well as treatment of trauma and common diseases such as pneumonia, malaria, cholera, skin infections and diarrhoea.
The Suubi Medicl Clinic is Suubi’s primary medical facility is open 7 days a week to provide general outpatient medical services as well as 24 hour emergency coverage. The clinic sees an average of 50 patients per week. In addition to the need to improve electrical and water supply, we will be adding a birthing room, observation room and increase overall bed space.
While the clinic is located in Busu village, Suubi Medical centre welcomes patients from the surrounding villages, many elderly patients as well as those weakened by malaria are often unable to make the journey. Suubi Medical centre began sending teams consisting of a physician, nurse, local community health worker and translator into the surrounding 9 villages. These visits have proven invaluable and educational and have also provided an opportunity to evaluate local water supplies, food sources and sanitation concerns in order to better understand the region.
Emergency Transport Truck
Suubi Medical centre would like to purchase a truck ambulance to help transfer patients to hospital, the majority at night due to emergencies. This is a critical addition to Suubi Medical centre’s services.
Medical Record Tracking
Suubi Medical centre is committed to learning about the local population in order to better assist with their needs. An important part of this has been to implement a full charting system for each patient similar to Western family practice methods. This information is the only collection of health and demographic information for the people living in Busu village.
The data collected allows SMC to measure improvement in a patient’s condition, make informed choices on medication purchases, better respond to and treat malarial outbreaks in the region and demonstrate to the Haitian government the needs of the village. This enables SMC to better lobby for assistance.
Family Planning and Sexual Health Education Program
Many women in Uganda have very few options when it comes to family planning and even less control. Availability and use of condoms is limited and local cultural and sexual politics leave women with little say in the family planning process. Safe and effective female birth control options are in limited supply and access to them is restricted due to lack of consistent medical oversight and resources.
To address this, SMC conducts sexual health education sessions and meetings with village women, who have indicated a strong desire for birth control. SMC regularly distributes condoms and administers injectable birth control for all women who request it. It is not administered lightly. All women who request birth control must attend an educational session that covers issues of sexually transmitted infection and pregnancy testing. This is the first such program of its kind in the area.
There are also sessions targeted for the men in the villages that promote the need for proper condom use in order to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, in particular SMC due to the high prevalence (13%) in rural areas.