Throughout the design and construction of the centre, we have taken the environment into account. Our environmental credentials are as follows:
At the moment, one in eight children in Lwengo District will not celebrate their fifth birthday. Imagine if that was the case in the UK – three children out of every nursery class wouldn’t reach reception.
Six medical doctors serve a population of 270,000 people. In Hackney, UK, 150+ doctors serve a similar number.
The Uganda government health budget for Lwengo is £800,000, which is £3 per person. Just one GP practice in Hackney that serves 7,000 people has a budget of £1,000,000, which is £143 per person.
There’s less than the equivalent of one dentist for the whole District, private or government.
Lwengo has no proper operational maternity delivery suite, and there are five maternal deaths for every 1,000 births in the District.
The life expectancy at birth for men in Lwengo is 53.2 years, and for women, it is 63.9 years.
When we last visited, the local community health centre did not have a blood pressure machine. (we have helped to rectify that)
We are currently building a Health Centre that will offer effective and efficient healthcare services. Check here for the milestones.
Many people struggle to aﬀord health care in Lwengo District and it’s even worse during the COVID pandemic and the ongoing economic struggles in Uganda.
The health centre offers a high-quality service at an affordable price no more expensive than any local health centre other than Government centres which provide a service free of charge when they can.
To make the centre both sustainable and aﬀordable, we will:
We believe it will take 18 months to break even and reach a sustainable model. We plan to make a surplus in 2024 and have staff sponsorship to support the health centre until then.
Stage 1 was completed in March 2022. It took 9 months to construct and cost £200,000. A team of 8 clinicians were recruited and doors opened on 23rd March 2022 .The funding came from individual supporters in the UK.
We are in the process of raising £125,000 to complete Stage 2. So far we have raised £25,000 and have placed our first orders for plastic bottle pavers (for the road) and furniture.
An order has also been placed for more furniture for the wards and the construction of staff accommodation will commence soon.
The additional elements of Stage 2 are:
An application for funding to offer Reproductive Health Education to your adolescents (10-14-year-olds) has been submitted. If successful, this project with serve the whole of the District of Lwengo over the next two years.
An application for funding to research Digital Health Services for rural communities has also been submitted. This research will be led by Prof Melissa Mather, the University of Nottingham in partnership with Dr Alexandra Lang, University of Nottingham, Dr Joyce Mwangama, University of Cape Town, Joseph Lukwago, Joy For Humanity and Barnaby Poulton, Superluminal Solutions.
This work will include a case study of healthcare provision and technology needs assessment at the JFH Health Centre and Lwenjange Health Centre in Lwengo District. Community engagement (workshops, interviews) will enable a collaborative and inclusive approach to the identification and prioritisation of engineering interventions to move towards the target of universal health coverage.
The savings scheme has already been set up, and people have started contributing to the savings scheme for their health services. We are working with 16 local villages on the savings scheme. Not only can people save by depositing cash with the scheme, but they can also pay into the scheme by depositing plastic for recycling. We then sell this on to Ecobrix to make into recycled products. In January 2022, we also plan to add food and animal waste as products they can use to save money for their health services.
If a person can’t aﬀord the services they need and have been a member of the savings scheme a credit facility will be offered to them immediately. The level of credit will be according to the ability to pay. This will be ascertained by talking to the village chiefs and through discussion with them and their relatives.
Currently, a normal interest rate for a loan in Uganda is 24% and we would hope to offer these loans at 6% which will be seen as very affordable by the majority of community members.
Six months after opening the health centre, when we have some idea of activity levels, we are planning to research launching a simple health insurance scheme alongside the savings scheme. Whilst in Uganda in April 2021 we researched how we could do this and already have an outline of how we would run this.
This will be available to those who really cannot aﬀord even a loan when they have life-threatening and employment threatening conditions. The bursary will be covered by fundraising in the UK.
Please donate so that we have funds available to provide these donations.
This will include a daily outpatient service run by a team of nurses. Initially they will be supported by visiting doctors and specialists, plus a virtual doctor support service from the UK. Small wards will be available for those that need inpatient support.
Please help us equip the nurses rooms. – donate.
Sponsor a visiting doctor salary for 12 months – 1 needed
Sponsor a nurses salary for 12 months – 2 needed.
Sponsor an administrator for 12 months – 1 needed
Wards exist in some of the small local health facilities within Lwengo but these are unstaffed. We will be building comfortable staff quarters to ensure we can staff the wards and provide some inpatient support. Three wards for men, women and children.
Please help us equip the wards. Go to equipment list.
Please help us staff the wards for 12 months
Please donate for building the staff quarters
There is no proper functioning delivery suite in the District of Lwengo. We hope to provide a fully functioning maternity suite and ward.
Please help us equip the ward – see list.
There’s no comprehensive dental service available in Lwengo. To begin with, we will employ one full-time dentist, but the dental room will be built to accommodate two dentists. Initially, the general nurses will support with routine dental services.
Currently, there is no lab in Lwengo District – which means medical tests either don’t take place or are sent out of the area.
Our laboratory will serve the patients of the Joy for Humanity health centre as well as other small health clinics in the District.
Please donate for the equipment in the laboratory
Please sponsor lab technicians for 12 months.
Community village nurses will visit homes and pro-actively identify health needs.
Currently, many people don’t use medical services because they fear the cost. The community nurse will work with them to use payment schemes and break down the barriers
Please sponsor 2 community nurses for 12 months
We will make part of the space usable as a temporary operating theatre for visiting specialists.
Please donate for equipping the operating theatre
We want the Joy For Humanity Health Centre to be welcoming and create a peaceful and quality presence. To this end we will want to create beautiful gardens surrounding the premises from the start with good maintenance of the building
Donate for equipping the garden with beautiful plants and seats.
Sponsor a maintenance person for 12 months
Sponsor a gardener for 12 months.
Cissy has nine years of experience working for both private and government health facilities.
She graduated as a Registered Comprehensive Nurse offering both nursing and midwifery services. She started working in 2012 as a Midwife and was the maternity ward lead.
In 2014 Cissy joined Uganda Health Local Government, in which she has served up until now. She has managed a facility store, and she is currently a manager of a walk-in health facility.
She grew up in Lwengo.
Grace worked as an Enrolled Nurse from 2013 and upgraded to a Registered Nurse in 2016 and 2017.
A self-driven, good team player and passionate about nursing, Grace works at Lubaga hospital in Kampala.
With seven years of work experience in nursing, Grace has done community health services, worked in the male, female and children’s wards. She is also the head of the mentorship department for nursing students within the hospital.
She grew up in Lwengo.
Phina has completed her Comprehensive Nursing studies as a Registered Comprehensive Nurse offering both Nursing and Midwifery in April 2021.
In her final year, Phina worked at Mulago Hospital in Masaka as part of her nursing course practice and offered community health services.
Phina is very passionate about nursing and serving the community.
She grew up in Lwengo.
Heather has worked for the NHS as a GP in Hackney since November 1990.
She has a special interest in family medicine and also loves working in the community.
Heather is also involved at her local church and is a Governor at a local Children’s Centre.
She lives at home with her husband Kevin, two of their seven children, and their cat.
Stuart Bingham trained at the Royal London Hospital and has been a General Practitioner in Tower Hamlets since 1986.
He is a member of a local faith group and enjoys running, including participating in the last 23 London Marathons.
Having previously travelled to Uganda, Stuart has been inspired to join the Joy for Humanity Team as a Medical Advisor to help develop the Health Centre.
Stuart is married to Linda-May, who is a Head Teacher in Newham
After three years studying Biomedical Science at King’s College London, Danielle has stayed on to study medicine. She is currently in her third year and loving it.
She has worked part-time for an NHS general practice for the past eight years and has a great passion for providing healthcare for all.
Danielle lives with three friends in Hackney and their cat.