Kitgum Town

Kitgum Town
Kitgum Town

Saturday, March 31, 2018

April 2018

April 2018 is going to be a busy time at Yotkom Medical Centre

It all starts on Easter Sunday, April 1 , when four people will be leaving Brisbane to travel to Kitgum:

Andrew Wright : Doctor and Yotkom Director

Jonathan Tey; Doctor

 Jonathan is going to get alongside our doctors and nurses and learn about tropical health as well as be involved in teaching on various topics, modelling good history taking and examination to our clinicians and teaching them about computer based records and on line learning resources.

Chelsea Edwards: Researcher :

Chelsea has a background in research into various tropical diseases like Malaria and Leischmaniasis . She is interested to learn more about medical missions and is going to look at ways of helping us with research and also introduce some new test kits for a disease which is often missed in Uganda. 

John Yared: Dentist

John Yared will be working with Godfrey our Yotkom dentist and his assistant Annette
It will be time of building relationships and focussing on  teaching and mentoring 
It is also important that we establish good Dental guidelines and practices in the clinic and John will be a great help in this process

        We are so thankful to these people who are giving up their time and investing their resources into the community of Northern Uganda
Yotkom is a partnership between Australia and Uganda  to improve access and excellence in Primary health care to Northern Uganda.
We are striving to achieve our mission by building  relationships, resources and self reliance.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Yotkom Uganda registered as a Company in Australia

In December , YOTKOM  registered as a company in Australia and formalised  a board of directors from amongst our Yotkom Australia Support Team.

Our company details are :
Name: Yotkom Uganda Ltd
ACN  :  622 357 331
ABN :   36 622 357 331

We have a new bank account:

NAME: Yotkom Uganda Ltd
Bank : Commonwealth
BSB: 064 186
Account Number : 10884542

We are currently doing the work necessary to register with the Australian Charities and Non for Profits Commission .

We believe all these organisational and structural developments will help us improve  legitimacy, transparency and sustainability. They will  provide a foundation for future growth in our work in Northern Uganda.

We  welcome the help of a very active and involved board of management  to lighten the load and facilitate accountability .

Tax deductible donations should still be made through:
on line at:
or by post to :
PO Box 247
NSW  2126

designating Yotkom Uganda as the recipient.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Medical conditions in Uganda

Here at Yotkom Medical Centre we see a variety of presenting problems,
Trauma, lacerations , broken bones and burns are common.

We use our operating theatre to treat and our X-ray department to help diagnose
Our medical staff are able to manipulate fractures under anaesthesia and apply plasters to immobilise for healing.

We admit patients to our wards with various complaints, including malaria, pneumonia, seizures,
Babies and children are particularly susceptible to infections in this community and Yotkom Medical centre is able to deliver life saving therapy, sending these little ones home to their families .

We can also diagnose in our laboratory tuberculosis and other tropical diseases like schistosomiasis

Dental services begin at Yotkom

This November we are excited to be able to commence a dental service to the community .
The area we service has a population of over 300,000 and people with tooth ache and decay suffer so much without skilled interventions. The Yotkom Medical centre has employed Godfrey as a dentist and Annette as a dental assistant . We have set up a well equipped basic facility and plan to expand this.
In 2018, a dentist from Australia has indicated a willingness to come to Kitgum and assist with ongoing mentoring and teaching.
We believe this is a significant leap forward in our mission to bring wholistic high quality health care to northern Uganda.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Yotkom financial accountability

Yotkom is a registered Non Governmemt Organisation in Uganda.
We take our financial accountability seriously.
We undertake through our administration team to keep up to date financial records in the QuickBooks online accounting program. Our partner organisation in Australia is able to monitor income and expenses on a regular basis.
Recently an experienced accountant , Tim, came to audit our bookwork  and to assist us to prepare end of year financial statememts for the Ugandan taxation authority.
It was an intensive two days, and there was a celebration at the end !

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Yotkom Canteen nears completion

It is going to be very exciting to open our new Africa style Yotkom canteen in the next three weeks.
Final touches are being added. Plumbing . Electricity and equipment.
This facility will help our staff , patients and carers to access good quality food in a timely manner. It is also a potential local income generating source for our project.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Update May 2017

Andrew and Anne Wright are working on site with the Yotkom Uganda team throughout May and June.
One of our initial challenges has been to work hard to re-open our radiology services.
Here in Northern Uganda, the authorities have suddenly clamped down hard on hospitals and medical clinics, raising the standards expected within Xray facilities.
Consequently all the facilities (including Government and Private Hospitals and clinics) servicing a population of over 500,000 people have been closed.
Yotkom receives so many patients who require x rays to assist with diagnosis.
We use these for diagnosing broken bones and  infections like Pneumonia and Tuberculosis.
Osteomyelitis in the Skull Bone

We are struggling to meet these newly imposed standards as quickly as possible.
Thankfully we have been able to get assistance from a medical engineer and a radiographer and we have refitted our room and ordered lead from Kenya and procured  barium paint to apply to our walls.
It is quite an undertaking and costly. The lead for a door and a small window costs over $1000 USD.
We appreciate your support as we tackle this issue.
X Ray room windows need to be bricked up
While all this work goes on, our clinical team continue to see patients and receive ongoing education and upskilling.

Dr Charles Abonga is a Physician and a Yotkom director who spends time teaching an training the junior staff. He is also undertaking a Chronic Disease Management clinic where patients in this community with Diabetes, Heart Disease,, Hypertension, TB, HIV and other long term conditions can be more closely monitored under the supervision of a specialist physician.

Our leadership team are also meeting regularly to put in place a leadership structure which will provide a strong foundation for growth and provide the necessary professionals to supervise the proposed expansion into maternal and child health and expanded inpatient services.

It is our prayer that all patients will receive a warm welcome and the best of medical care at Yotkom Medical Centre.!