Getting Involved - Health And Wellbeing

There are different ways you can get involved in supporting our Health and Wellbeing Services:

    • GP Practice Partnership
    • Corporate Partnership
    • Donating for the building and equipment
    • Clinical Support
      > Be a “virtual doctor’s” clinician
      > Visit for a month (or more)
      > Short medical camps and visits

GP Practice Partnership with the Health Centre

In April Dr Heather Charles and Dr Stuart Bingham were part of a team to visit the first stages of the construction of the JFH health facility in Kyazanga.  Not only were they contributing to how the centre was built and equipped, but also thinking through how GP Practices could partner with the Health Centre.

Building relationships across the world is a fantastic way for us all to grow.  During the COVID pandemic, we got used to remote meetings and consultations and we want to use those lessons to support the team in Kyazanga and build relationships.

The principles of relationship have underpinned the work of Joy for Humanity over the last 15 years, and we want to continue to build unique partnerships and have some fun getting to know each other  (cross-cultural communications always results in funny experiences). 

Our approach is to build a plan around the people that get involved.  Why not get your team involved in this? What might a Partnership for a GP Practice look like for you?

Below are some ideas of what a GP partnership might look like, but we are open to more creative ideas. 

  1. Financially support a clinical member of the team in Uganda (£180 per month for 18 months). 
  2. Offer clinical Support to the health centre team in Kyazanga
  3. Build relationships across the globe with visits in both directions to aid learning.
  4. A visit from the Uganda team to your Practice in September 2021
  5. Team building within your organisation.

A GP Practice may want to commit to some or all of the following areas.

Clinical Support

Financial Support for completing the building of the health centre

Ongoing Support for staff members at the health centre

How we will do this is evolving as we talk.

Remote Consultation Support
We are planning to partner with Virtual Doctors www.virtualdoctors.org and offer remote Support through a mobile phone at both ends. Hopefully, we will have staff from individual practices willing to offer a few hours per week of remote Support. Something we have become quite used to doing during the pandemic.

Medical Camp visits
JFH already take regular groups to Kyazanga and now we hope to take groups of midwives/nurses/doctors to offer regular clinics in the community.

Sabbatical Visits – for some people the opportunity to spend 1 – 2 months in rural Uganda may just be your thing. Serving some of the poorest people in the world in a beautiful setting with a community that enthuses you to bring back what you learn may just set your world alight again. We are building staff quarters to facilitate this opportunity. A bit of tropical health revision may be helpful in preparation for the visit.

Currently, we are in the process of building and equipping Phase 1 of the Health Centre. In total phase 1 will cost £150,000. We have raised £100,000, got commitments of a further £25,000 but need a further £25,000 to complete phase 1. We are looking for contributions of equipment or donations to buy equipment in Uganda. Could you organise a team sponsored event to raise money for this? Joy For Humanity would offer Support for events.

Phase 2 and 3 will require a further £150,000 which we hope to raise over the next two years.

We need a team of 12 to offer the basic health services planned when we open and more would be great. Phase 1 will include outpatients, community health, pharmacy, laboratory and dentistry. Phase 2 will include a maternity suite and 3 wards and community training rooms.

We are hoping that through partnerships we can find a minimum of 12 organisations to support a member of staff. From the UK organisation, this would involve committing to 18 months of Support for a member of staff, from a gardener to a doctor.

We would provide you with information about this member of staff, their skills and background, family situation. Where appropriate we would provide regular zoom call opportunities and updates on their work. We would offer the opportunity for members of your team to visit Kyazanga and vice versa if appropriate. Over the last four years, these visits have proved invaluable for those that visit and those that are being visited. See Vision TripsVision Trips for more information on this.

To keep life simple, there are three levels of monthly Support for staff members. This covers their actual staff costs plus some HR & Payroll costs in Uganda. (15%).
Clinical Staff – £180 per month
Non-Clinical Staff – £120 per month

To involve your team, it may be a good idea to promote the idea of payroll giving.

There are NO staff costs of admin in the UK as we are aiming to manage the charity from Uganda.

Corporate Partnership Supporting the health centre.

Building relationships across the world is a fantastic way for us all to grow.  During the COVID pandemic, we have all got used to remote meetings and getting to know people through the internet.  It still isn’t as good as the real thing, but it does create new opportunities for creative ways of working.  The principles of relationship have underpinned the work of Joy for Humanity over the last 15 years, and we want to continue to build unique partnerships and have some fun getting to know each other (cross-cultural communications always results in funny experiences).  Our approach is to build a path around the people that get involved rather than set a strict plan.  Why not get your team involved in this?  Below are some ideas of what a partnership might look like, but we are open to more creative ideas.  (this is a partnership example of helping the health centre, but you might be more interested in education or economic growth)

The key objectives of a Corporate Partnership are:

  1. Financially support the health centre on its road to sustainability.  For example funding the building of a room and/or supporting a non clinical member of staff at £120 per month for 18 months.
  2. Build relationships across the globe with visits in both directions to aid learning.
  3. Offer support in areas of expertise – finance, IT, facilities management.
  4. Team building within your organisation.

(If you are a GP Practice please see the GP Partnership which is different to the corporate partnership)

Financial Support for completing the building of the health centre

Ongoing Support for staff members at the health centre.

Currently, we are in the process of building and equipping the Health Centre. The first phase of building will cost £150,000. We have already received £100,000 and have commitments of another £25,000. We need another £25,000 to complete phase 2. Phases 2 and 3 will require another £150,000 over the next 2 years. We are looking for contributions of equipment or donations to buy equipment in Uganda. We are looking for teams or organisations to sponsor the fitting out and equipping of individual rooms. Could you organise a team sponsored event to raise money for this? Joy For Humanity would offer Support for this.

Phase 1 requires a minimum team of 12 staff, clinical and non clinical. We aim to open the following services – outpatients, community health, pharmacy, laboratory and dentistry.

Phase 2 would be opening the maternity suite and 3 wards.

We are hoping that through partnerships, we can find a minimum of 12 organisations to support a member of Staff. From the UK organisation, this would involve committing to 18 months of Support for a member of Staff, from a gardener to a doctor. We would provide you with information about this member of Staff, their skills and background, family situation. Where appropriate we would provide regular zoom call opportunities and updates on their work. We would offer the opportunity for members of your team to visit Kyazanga and your team member to visit you where appropriate.

Over the last four years, these visits have proved invaluable for those that visit and those that are being visited. See Vision Trips for more information on this.

To keep life simple, there are two levels of monthly Support for staff members. This covers their actual staff costs plus some HR & Payroll costs in Uganda. (15%).
Clinical Staff – £180 per month
Non Clinical Staff – £120 per month

There are NO staff costs in the UK as we are aiming to manage the charity from Uganda with volunteers in the UK.

Donating for health centre building and equipment

Currently, we are in the process of building and equipping Phase 1 of the Health Centre.  In total phase 1 will cost £150,000.  We have raised £100,000, got commitments of a further £25,000 but need a further £25,000 to complete phase 1. We are looking for contributions of equipment or donations to buy equipment in Uganda.  Could you organise a team sponsored event to raise money for this?  Joy For Humanity would offer Support for events. 

Phase 2 and 3 will require a further £150,000 which we hope to raise over the next two years.