Thursday 4 May 2023

April Report

Update on our Farmer Livelihood and Resilience to Climate Change (FLRCC) program. 

Project Overview:

RRHS, with support form Kiima Foods NGO has implemented the FLRCC program in the Kibolhu village. The project focuses on driving transformations in agriculture and tackling the root causes of climate change, food insecurity, nutrition security, poor ecosystem health, poor household hygiene and unsustainable incomes at household level in the project targeted communities. 

Project Goal:

"To strengthen smallholder farmers livelihoods and improve their resilience to climate change and increase incomes of 80 smallholder farmers through the adoption of Climate Smart Agriculture technologies and practice."

April Action (background):

Increased demand for water due to low rainfall can cause water sources including boreholes and springs to run dry. Conversely, heavy rainfall and flooding can damage water sources and sanitation facilities, carry run-off, and waste into streams and lakes, and contaminate the water supply. Alternatively, flies from human faeces cause diseases to not only selected homes, but to both the homes of the poor and rich. 

Most families live without pit latrines.

Kigoro 1 Parish Rukoki subcounty is one of the parishes where most families live without pit latrines. Based on the scope of health education, RRHS partnered with Student Nurses Rwenzori School of Nursing and Midwifery. Surprisingly, some households were running away fearing to interact with student nurses. Nevertheless, we achieved our goal of fourteen days of community nursing. We concluded with a well focused Health Education talk that targeted key stakeholders, and it comprised of demonstrations on open free defecation and water purification. 

Nurses carrying out educational talks. 

The Difference Between Hygiene and Sanitation:

During the focused health talk, we discussed that both hygiene and sanitation are crucial in maintaining good health and preventing dangerous disease as they both aim for cleanliness. The commonly used phrase when talking about hygiene is 'personal hygiene'. Since hygiene mainly relates to the human body, maintaining good personal hygiene helps prevent the spread of pathogens among people. Sanitation mainly relates to:

  • Safe disposal of human urine and faeces 
  • Food sanitation, since food can easily pass the pathogens into the community 
Water structures.

Water purification demonstration in progress.

Student nurse seen documenting the as-is health situation at one of the household kitchens. 

This month we highly advised communities in the village to adapt to clean cooking because breathing the smoke produced from cooking with pollution fuels lead to heart diseases, stroke, cancers, chronic lung diseases and pneumonia among others. We were lucky that one person was able to construct the stove and now interest in this is growing. Clean cook stove reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing thermal efficiency and reducing deforestation. 

Clean cooking stove constructed in Kanyageya Parish by project adaptors.

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Tuesday 2 May 2023

Volunteer Application

 RRHS - Volunteer Online Application:

Rwenzori Rural Health Services is a Community Based Organisation (CBO) founded in 2005 in the Kasese District. It is registered with the District Local Government and presently operates in the Kasese District. It's broad objectives are:

  1. Promoting Rural Health and Sanitation 
  2. Participating in Development Issues As Planned by the Local Government and Development Partners
  3. Community Capacity Building on Climate Change Adaptation Strategies 
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Thursday 13 April 2023

Barbed Wire Fencing

January 2022 

RRHS, with funds donated by Majid Jarid and brother (USA), was able to implement a project of fencing the Kabughabugha Domiciliary Health Care Clinic with barbed wire. This is to protect the nurses from domestic animals and intruders. This project is linked to the Sustainable Development Goal No.3, established by the United Nations in 2015 - "good health and wellbeing."

Funds for this project were donated for the specific activities below:
  1. Procurement of barbed wire roles 
  2. Procurement of poles 
  3. Procurement of nails 
  4. Skilled labour 
We have been able to put up a barbed wire across the entirety of the Clinic land. We have also installed a lockable temporary gate. See below for pictures!

Live fencing planning in progress.

Side view of the completed fencing.

The new temporary gate.

Platelets for fencing purchased with local funds. 

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A happy, clean and safe Clinic, thanks to your donations. 

Wednesday 12 April 2023

Solar Installation Project


Solar panel installed with a grant of US $150, this shall be upgraded in the future to support a computer and a fridge. 

RRHS understands the importance of electricity in excelling development in rural areas. Our Rural Health Clinic was established in the village for two main reasons:

  1. To increase the number of deaths attended to by skilled personnel as a means of reducing the maternal mortality ratio.
  2. To create a space where professionals can interact with rural communities/interns and design health visits, carry out health follow-ups, and outreach sessions. 
The major complications that occur for nearly 75% of all maternal deaths in this area that we would like to reduce include:
  • Severe bleeding after birth 
  • Infections after birth 
  • High blood pressure during pregnancy 
  • Unsafe abortions 
As a developing Health Care Clinic since 2014, our nurses have been working with only decent lighting. They are dependent on lamp and candle light while they carry out their curative services. To progress the Clinic, RRHS purchased one medium sized solar plate, however, at the time, we failed to meet the budget for installation. The installation, with wires to last five years, was estimated to cost UGX 1,700,000 (US $150). 

Nurse at night searching for the right drug for the right patient, using only a lamp light. This is very inconveniencing. 

Nurse preparing for intravenous fluid treatment using only candle light. 

After receiving a grant of US $150, RRHS was able to purchase a small battery, small wires and other assorted items, as well as hiring a skilled person to install the solar plate. Now the clinic has light, inside and outside. RRHS very much appreciates this fund. Like our Executive Director Mr Charles Kiima always says:

"Any bit of help is always valued."

With the grant, RRHS was able to purchase assorted items for the installation of the solar panel.

Because we were only able to purchase a small battery and small wires, the Clinic is unable to support the running of  a computer or a fridge. Currently, the nurse is able to charge her mobile phone and have lighting in the clinic. 
When we receive a donation to buy a larger batter in the future, we shall upgrade the system to be able to accommodate a laptop computer and a fridge. 

Solar panel fixed on the roof of the Rural Health Care Clinic. 

A light fixture being placed outside the clinic to chase away the darkness. 

Light in the clinic has chased away the darkness! The nurses and the patients are extremely happy!

On behalf of the entire community and project beneficiaries; we thank all those friends that have contributed to making this project a reality. On a strong note, we thank Emily for coordinating the fundraising for this specific project. It is our wish that, RRHS will maintain a strong and fruitful relationship with all partners to continue improving the Health Care Clinic. 

Project beneficiaries outside the RRHS Health Care Clinic. 

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Thank you for any and all contributions to our community!

Tuesday 11 April 2023

Mama Kits

 August, 2022

Improving Maternal Health Through The Provision of Mama Kits

In 2014 RRHS, with partners FCDE-USA and Majid Jarid, constructed and functionalised a domiciliary Health Care Clinic to supplement government efforts in improving maternal health care in Kabughabugha village. Since then, RRHS has kept the clinic registered with the Ugandan Nurses and Midwives Council (Kampala). 

Certificate of registration with Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council Kampala 

During a recent project launch, RRHS procured 125 Mama Kits from the Anike Foundation to hand out to mothers. 

Mama Kits sorted to be handed out to young mothers.

RRHS invited professional midwives to educate community members on the values of safe deliveries. The skilled and professional midwives were able to conduct a play, teaching community members about the dangers of delivering under poor hygienic conditions, and comparing this to delivering in a hospital setting. 

Midwives put on a play to show the dangers of unhygienic deliveries.

Young mothers presented songs supporting the professional midwives in promoting clean delivery. 

Young mothers singing songs promoting clean delivery. 
Everyone is listening attentively to the speeches given by the professional Midwives.
Retired Environmental Health Officer in action. 

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Farmer Field School

February 2023

RRHS, with support from Kiima Foods NGO, launched the 'Farmer Livelihood and Resilience to Climate Change' project, lasting 11 months from January to November 2023. This project includes 80 farmers who act as key ambassadors for their households. 

Beneficiaries of the RRHS Farmer Field School receiving basic project tools to rehabilitate the land. 

Project Goal:

"To strengthen small-holder farmer livelihoods, improve their resilience to climate change, and increase the incomes of 80 farmers through the adoption of Climate Smart agricultural technologies and practice."

Lyahin da Xavier (Diploma in Agriculture) and Muqisa Godfrey (BA Social Work) led our 'Application of Agricultural Technologies' workshop, from which 49 participants successfully acquired skills after training. They taught about the A Frame Level. 

"This is a simple, yet accurate tool used for constructing contours on a hillside or slope. It is useful in the basic construction of hillside farming systems, as well as for establishing level contours and drainage ditches."

Project beneficiaries after discussing the root causes of climate change and integration of Climate Smart Agriculture Technologies

Project participants in action 

Prior to using the A-Frame for accurate marking of contours on a hillside or slope, project participants were in small groups for inductions on how to construct the frame. 

Project participants in action, starting to make the conservation trenches.

Project participants determined to rehabilitate their gardens by making conservation trenches.

Kiima Foods volunteer at work. 

Project participants making conservation stretches.

Project participants were exposed to the economic value of planting tomato trees.

During Farmer Field School, participants were subdivided into manageable groups and coffee stumping was successfully completed

Project participants in a group planning event. 

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Breastfeeding Mothers

 January 2023 

During our first Farmer Field Class, project beneficiaries identified that mostly lactating women, infants and children are strongly vulnerable to climate change for several reasons. 

  • Climate change creates conditions that make it difficult for infants to breastfeed, especially during hot spells 
  • Climate change shocks greatly effect women and children, especially when there is a shortage of farm produce. There is need to quickly transform farming systems to green farming/smart farming that supports breastfeeding.
During our learning sessions, we highlighted climate change threats in relation to a breastfeeding mother:
  • Water related illnesses, water shortage/scarcity during hot spells 
  • Reduced nutritive food systems
  • Respiratory illnesses 
To have a clear understanding of climate change adaptation, infant nutrition and breastfeeding, RRHS collaborated with our partner Rwenzori School of Nursing and Midwifery to carry out demonstrations of the three topics. 

Students from Rwenzori school of nursing in action, promoting better practices for breastfeeding in relation to climate change adaptation.

The three professional midwives from the School of Nursing that moderated the session talked about a range of topics including:
  • Breastfeeding in the First Hours
  • Positions for Breastfeeding 
  • What to do about Breast Pain 
  • Not Enough Milk
Nurses advised communities to take note that daily activities can collectively make a big difference and that individual has a role to play in the fight against climate change. 

Nurse breastfeeding demonstration in action. 

RRHS is very happy with this collaboration, and the excellent work of all the nurses. We are also excited that our community is very engaged in these community meetings. 

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