Lack of access to handwashing facilities continues to threaten the health of many communities. A total of 748 million people remain without access to improved water supply, and there is evidence that even some improved water sources are sometimes contaminated. Access to facilities and services is inequitable: serious disparities exist, by wealth, gender, ethnicity, and geographic location.
ECFUG, is at the forefront in the fight against communicable diseases by supporting expanded access to comprehensive prevention, care, treatment, and support services for children, women, and underprivileged families in Nebbi District (Uganda), with a special focus on communities with a high burden of disease and/or low coverage.
In partnership with our partners, we strive to fight infectious and communicable diseases – This we do through emphasis on maintaining proper sanitation and hygiene practices, promoting vaccination drives (against killer diseases, tetanus or HPV), as well as the distribution of vitamins and deworming tablets. During trips and planned educational workshops, we teach children how to wash their hands properly and take care of their health.
ECFUG also implements community medical camp activities in Nebbi District, in partnership with Essential Medical Outreach & Treatment Rescue (EMOTER). Through this partnership, EMOTER Team builds mobile medical aid station where the team then provides primary treatment, laboratory tests, preventive care and medicines. During the four-day Camp, more than 2,000 patients are treated, and are also educated in the field of prevention.
ECFUG Health Education initiative focuses on personal hygiene, health care, sexual and reproductive health, including menstrual hygiene. Our overall goal in the Health Education initiative, is health promotion and disease prevention. In our efforts, we consistently address potential barriers to health promotion and disease prevention in rural areas served; and provide tools to build capacity and support appropriate behavior change.
Edu Child Foundation Uganda also implements community medical camp activities in partnership with Essential Medical Outreach & Treatment Rescue (EMOTER); a local Ugandan Medical Group consisting of a team consists of Medical Professionals, including Doctors, Physicians, Medical Lab Technologists, Nurses, Pharmacists plus support Records assistants, and Other Health Workers; who are committed to providing mobile medical services for communities in hard-to-reach/remote places in the country. Since March 2020, ECFUG has continued to organize and Medical camps for the greater Nebbi community and has since served over 20,000 people. Through the BHC Program, ECFUG is committed to serving rural communities that are most in need, due to the long distance they have to journey to get medical services. Our medical teams provide free medical consultations, immunization services, basic laboratory tests, prevention services, and medication to encourage healthy living and ensure the longevity of life for those we serve.
Under our effort to build healthy communities, ECFUG regularly organizes community service days, a day set aside to clean homes and other dwelling spaces as a way of promoting good sanitation and hygiene. Participants in the community service initiative include our staff, our sponsored children along with their parents/guardians, and stakeholders of the communities, who come together to spend the day engaged in general cleanliness of the entire spaces identified – clearing bushy compound, removing trashes, plus sweeping and mopping the spaces, wherever applicable.
Through this program, we try to engage our beneficiaries and communities served in the practice of healthy living habits. The community service act alone has over the years instilled a strong belief in our beneficiaries that, they too have something to offer – using their time and energy towards positively building their communities. It is always one of our best ways to end the month.
The Community Health Program of ECFUG is aimed at promoting sustainable community health practices (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – WASH) that contribute to healthy living the reduction of preventable, communicable diseases, and restore copying mechanism of the affected members of the community.
Edu Child Foundation Uganda is scaling up efforts in the fight against communicable diseases by supporting expanded access to comprehensive prevention, care, treatment, and support services for children, women, and families affected, with a special focus on the vulnerable rural communities with a high burden of disease and/or low coverage.