Kitgum Town

Kitgum Town
Kitgum Town

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.!


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Find out more about the YOTKOM VISION to improve access and excellence in health care in Northern Uganda





Watch :     two  short videos  to explain some of the recent work of Yotkom Uganda
                (with thanks to Nick Paton )

The Yotkom story Part 1

The Yotkom story Part 2



and


Read
our web site for stories  and facts on Health in Northern Uganda



YOTKOM is  aiming to direct future funds to 3 key areas :

1. Construction of a  Maternal and Child Health facility

2. A Sponsorship program to train and equip more local medical workers.
We have identified particular needs  in the area of dentistry , physiotherapy and ultrasonography.

3. A  Compassionate fund to provide financial assistance for the very poor  to access life saving surgical  or medical interventions.
( see our story below about Brian and Godfrey)



 If you would like to help us , you can give a tax deductible donation
 to YOTKOM UGANDA

 by visiting this site

DONATE TO YOTKOM

THANK YOU !



Thursday, December 29, 2016

Yotkom Compassionate Fund

We have been confronted with so many patients who have life threatening conditions and who because of poverty are unable to access curative surgery.
To address these needs we have set up a Compassionate Fund with a distinct bank account here in Uganda.
These funds will be used to help people like this 12 year old boy who was born as a "Blue Baby" with congenital heart defects. He struggles to breathe and cant walk to school. He often presents to the medical clinic in a collapsed and semi conscious state with very low levels of oxygen in his blood.
Yotkom has facilitated a review by a heart specialist in a regional centre 2 hours from here and they have advised that surgery will greatly assist his quality of life.

His is one of eight children . His father is a village farmer and he has lost his mother.
Thankyou to those who have already given a total of $3000 USD toward the $5000 required.
If you would like to help children like this get help, please give to  Yotkom Uganda.
The donation options are described on our home page.
If you would like to direct your funds to the compassionate fund, please notate the gift with "yotkom compassionate fund" or YCF.
Thankyou

Meet Kenneth and Prisca



Dr Kenneth Kaunda has been our supervising doctor since the medical centre opened in October 2015.
He has been working in the Ugandan Government hospital setting for four years and spending about one week a month on site working with our clinical officers . He has decided to leave the Government setting and will commence working full time on site from 1st March 2017. Its an exciting development for us and also a leap of faith as growing in size and professional standing  means increasing our wages bill considerably!
Kenneth is married to Harriet and they have two children.
He seems to like wearing Australian slouch hats too !
We are hoping that Dr Kenneth will undertake specialty training in Family Medicine in the near future.


Prisca is a well respected local Ugandan Midwife.
We have known her for many years and have assisted her with her training program.
She has agreed to help us start some Maternal and Child Health Services at Yotkom Medical Centre.
Every Friday she will undertake an antenatal clinic , screening young mothers as we play a part in reducing the high rates of maternal and child health mortality in this community.

Growing relationships, resources and self reliance

Yotkom has a vision to partner together to improve access and excellence in primary health care services in Northern Uganda.
We seek to focus on building relationships, resources and self reliance.
Strong relationships are so important to the health of our team.
One of our shared values is honesty and respect.
Part of developing this type of work culture has been the introduction of an online time clock for improving punctuality and reliability.  This approach to the work place is not that common in an African setting , but we are happy to say that our people are embracing the new technology wwith enthusiasm.
Thanks to TimeClockWizard we are much more able to track everyones movements and attendance records.
We are building good relationships with national medical insurance companies and now have three of the bigger groups who have inspected our facilities and recommended us to their clients. People in the district have also been lobbying their insurers to work with Yotkom because of our reputation for excellence and compassionate care.

We recently signed an agreement with IAA. The biggest medical insurer in Uganda.
These partnerships will help us with sustainability and self reliance and also make it possible for us to keep user fees as low as possible for the most disadvantaged.
Thankyou to those who have given donations to help us to acquire the equipment and resources we need to make this project strong.  For instance, our computer network has come together as a result of a constant trickle of donated laptops from Australia and the assistance of IT professionals to set up our system. Our network is being  used for on line accounting software, the new timeclockwizard , our medical software program for doctors and for accessing useful medical information and reasearch.
The internet also allows instant sharing of on site clinic  information with Australian directors.

Building extensions underway



We are constructing a covered and shaded area at one end of the building. This will act as a linkway between the existing building and subsequent phases.
In the meantime it will ensure our pathology laboratories and ultrasound room are much cooler, keeping out the hot tropical sun.
The area will also be a place to park vehicles and for patients to sit and talk and eat.
WE thank our recent visitors,  Mariana and Ivan , for drawing up the plans for this !


WE are also in the process of connecting to the local electricity grid.
Three power poles have to be constructed.
Our solar system sometimes needs a boost and our costs for generator fuel are becoming significant .




Watoto continue with interior fit out of Yotkom Medical Centre


Watoto Construction Pty Ltd from  Kampala have ccompleted more interior fit outs at the medical centre, installing a new reception counter , desks and storage cupboards in our administration area , as well as built in cupboards and desks in two doctor consulting rooms.
They also brought a team to sand and lacquer the terrazo floor in our operating theatre and recovery room.
The whole process has really improved our work environment and gone a long way to help us be more organised with space for files and documents.