‘To all of our wonderful friends and partners, a big THANK YOU for your support throughout Kawempe Home Care’s journey.
I think that my colleagues and I did not envisage in 2007 that we would be reaching such a milestone of celebrating 11 years in 2018.
Each year for us brings exciting challenges and a great deal of satisfaction that we are reaching out and helping so many disadvantaged people in our communities. We have been able to expand the services that we provide with palliative care and the New Hope hostel for children with cancer increasingly important components of our holistic approach to health care.
To our Board I would like to say thank you for your inspiration and support throughout the year and also to the staff and volunteers who day in and day out provide our clients with love and support. An organization relies on good governance and staff and volunteers that go that extra mile. We are pleased we have both.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family and friends a safe, happy and joyous Christmas and New Year.’
Dr. Samuel Guma
Kawempe Home Care has had an exciting and productive 12 months and a few of the highlights were:
- Clients under our HIV/AIDS program, active on ART -2166
- Orphans and vulnerable children on our school fees program – 123. Thank you to the funders and sponsors of this program as an education is valued however, it is also often not in the reach of our clients to pay their children’s school fees.
- Within a 2 year period, the New Hope Children’s achieved its goal of increasing access to cancer treatment for 300 children which we had hoped to achieve in 3 years. Since it opened the hostel has taken care of 342 children.
- Skills Development and Empowerment team made conference bags for Reproductive Health Uganda 38 bags and European Association of Palliative Care 1000 bags.
- New product line was stuffed animals which has been selling well in the international market. These programs support the OVC education project and the tailors are provided with an income to support their families.
- TB Project –Our goal is to increase TB case notification, case detection, and treatment outcomes through health system strengthening, with the aim of reducing the TB epidemic in Uganda. Our project started in August and we have so far registered 57 TB cases and they are currently on treatment. The project is funded by USAID through University Research Council .
Kawempe Home Care registers an APN Success story.
Infectious Diseases Institute initiated Assisted Partner Notification (APN), a method to link individuals into HIV/AIDS care and treatment. APN is a public health strategy to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS by testing the sexual partners of the infected index person. This intervention was adopted by Kawempe Home Care in June 2017. The proportion of partners who were notified and received an HIV test increased from 43% in January 2018 to 78% in June 2018.
Read here about this recent success story.
This acts as a magic bullet of achieving the 90- 90-90 UNAIDS Strategy (90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of all people diagnosed with HIV infection with receive sustained antiretroviral therapy, 90% of all people on ART will have a viral suppression). This greatly contributes to managing the HIV/AIDS scourge.
Kenyan National Palliative Care Conference
Kawempe Home Care was represented at the recent 5th National Palliative Care Conference at Laico Regency, Nairobi. It involved several stakeholders in East Africa under the palliative care umbrella such as the Palliative Care Association of Uganda, African Palliative Care Association and Open Society Foundations. It was attended by Dr. Guma, Primah Mugabekazi and Maureen Buhiire. The theme for 2 day conference was “Investing in Palliative Care for Universal Health Coverage.”
Up and Running Again.
We are extremely grateful to one of our volunteers Janina Hoping from Germany, who mobilized family members and friends to raise funds to reopen the Day Care Program. Previously we had to cancel this program as we did not have funding to continue the one day a week support for the children.
This program is a very important for the parents and guardians who are affected by HIV/ AIDS and the children. The children are given clinical care and psychosocial support through singing, dancing, storytelling and games. Included in the program are preschool education lessons and 2 meals a day, which provides the children with plenty of nutritious food. The environment is relaxed and happy and takes them away from the stress due to the effects of HIV on their family.
So as you can see to have the funds to continue this project is very important. Thank you Janina for making it possible.
Thank you volunteers.
KHC is dependent on the services and skills that volunteers bring to our organisation. During
the year we received 6 international visitors and 5 national volunteers.
We would like to thank all our volunteers who support us. Your efforts and contribution is very important to us. Also, we hope that you too have benefitted from the experience and spread the word about what we do!
Brenda introduces Baguma.
1st December 2018 was a big day for one of KHC employees (driver), Baguma Godfrey who was introduced by his fiancee Brenda. A colorful introduction ceremony took place at Brenda’s home in Mateete Masaka district.
We wish them all the best for a long happy future together.
This is the last blog for the year and from Kawempe Home Care staff and volunteers we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. We will be back again in 2019.