Medical Support

KHC believe that the most disadvantaged people in our community deserve access to medical care and support.

Medical Support

Our services provide a holistic approach to assist our clients. Our medical programs provide:

HIV Counselling & Testing – We actively work through our community network to identify people who are chronically ill or, at risk such as pregnant mothers. We encourage them to come to us for testing. Our 3 counsellors provide pre and post test counselling as well as bereavement support.

Clinical Services – Provide medical consultation; pain and symptom management for cancer patients; HIV/TB integrated care; adolescent care; and the prevention of HIV spreading to unborn children. Screening for Tuberculosis and early intervention has enabled us to keep the mortality of our patients very low.

We have 2 outpatient clinics however Home Based Care is an important support service for patients who are severely ill and cannot come to the clinic. Our teams provide palliative care, nursing care, nutrition and hygiene support.

Palliative Care – can improve a patient’s quality of life through prevention of suffering by means of early identification, relief and treatment of pain, as well as addressing any social and psycho-social problems. The approach is multidisciplinary and includes the patient; the clinical team; the family; the community volunteers; and the community as well.

A palliative care documentary was developed in October 2014 at Kawempe Home Care by NTV Uganda. It showed the home based palliative care services that we provide to our clients. Please take a moment and  view the you tube video and see the work that we do in this area.

Our Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission program is very important and we have seen an increase in the number of pregnant women coming to us for testing. We work in collaboration with a national hospital (Mulago Hospital), where we refer our HIV mothers for the birth of their children.

We are pleased that the majority of babies delivered are born HIV negative.

New Hope Children’s Hostel – the new hostel  provides care for children with cancer as they undergo treatment. The 3 year project will enable increase access to specialised paediatric-oncology care at the Uganda Cancer Institute for 300 vulnerable children. The hostel accommodates 30 children at a time and they are provided with a bed, 3 hot meals a day, transport to the hospital for treatment, legal aid support, play and music therapy and nursing care.

Laboratory – At our laboratory KHC conducts 70% of the investigations, with the more sophisticated tests being conducted by Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI). We also conduct pregnancy tests on women prior to commencing antiretroviral therapy.

Pharmacy – KHC provides free drugs to HIV/AIDS, TB and cancer patients and there is an increasing demand for these drugs. This is one of the challenges facing us.

‘My wife became very sick and went to KHC and was tested for HIV and was positive. She became bedridden and the KHC community volunteer visited her every day to give her medication; exercises; and did general cleaning in the house.  I went to KHC and also tested HIV positive.  Fortunately our children are HIV negative. I like the education and counselling we are provided and it allows us to ask questions. I am very grateful for the support and treatment provided by KHC, which enabled my wife to recover quickly and I am also doing well.’