The Gundua Foundation and the Rotary Doctor’s bank have established a joint venture where doctors and dentists come to Ex-Lewa, with their base at Gundua Health Centre.
They travel on so called Jeep-routes to remote areas to supply the local people with primary care as well as education and information about different health related issues while at the same time taking care of patients at the Gundua Health Centre. I had the pleasure to take part of the work that the dentist Claes and the doctor Jeff were doing during my latest visit.
When it comes to dental care, we do have a very competent local dentist, William. He comes every other week to treat patients. With Claes in place as well, we can dramatically increase our dental care activities, which is very satisfying. We now have a real dentist chair in place, which works for most of our patients. As part of the ongoing outreach-program Claes has travelled with one of our employees at the Centre to all primary schools in the area to inform about dental health and the importance of brushing and cleaning teeth regularly. They have also had time to screen the students. During his six weeks on site Claes managed to check over 1.600 students and to treat more than 330 patients – very impressive statistics. We are now planning to increase the area in order to be able to screen ever more students and even adult patients
At the same time, the Rotary Doctor Jeff was working to develop and conduct information and educational programs for the local community. Asthma and bronchitis are very common problems in the area and often treated wrongly. Diabetes is also increasing ant information about its treatment is needed. Jeff was naturally also out on the Jeep-routes treating patients, while at the same time meeting local representatives for health issues to discuss how to benefit even more from the competence offered by the Rotary doctors. The resistance to antibiotics was discussed as well the possibility of more advanced tests. Many interesting thoughts and ideas that will reinforce the Gundua Health Centre’s position as the health care unit in the district offering the best care with the best qualified personnel.
Tack you Jeff and Claes, it was truly inspiring to take part of your work and to discuss the future possibilities for our Health Centre.
Last weekend I travelled to Kenya with Apotek Hjärtat. Together with Laila, Marie-Louise and Caroline we were able to fill an intensive long weekend with many activities to show what fantastic results Apotek Hjärtats efforts in Gundua contribute to.
We started with a trip to one of the neighbouring Primary Schools together with the Rotary Dentist Claes. The purpose was to inform, screen and hand out toothpaste and toothbrushes to the children with dental problems. It was much appreciated. We then went to our Health Centre to meet the personnel and take a tour on the facilities. The Gundua Pharmacy was of course of special interest to our engaged and enthusiastic visiting pharmacists.
The next day was booked for a visit to Gundua Secondary School where Laila from Apotek Hjärtat together with our head nurse Brenda, conducted a very good meeting with the girls in grades three and four. It was a moment where everything could be discussed, among girls only. Laila, who speaks fluent Swahili, bonded immediately with the girls, and the meeting ended with songs and cheers. We then walked around the school to check out the schoolrooms, where we are especially proud of our computer-room that now works really well.
We returned to the Health Centre met a new mother with a baby who had been born the previous night and got a chance to speak to the personnel about different routines, etc. We decided together that Apotek Hjärtats system for greeting and handling their customers would be very beneficial for Gundua Health Centre as well. On Monday morning three very happy pharmacists returned to Sweden, inspired by all the good things that can be achieved thanks to the support from Apotek Hjärtat and its employees.
Thank you for a very rewarding visit and for all your support Marie-Louise, Caroline and Laila!
Gundua Foundation’s partner Apotek Hjärtat is conducting a campaign to benefit Gundua Health Centre and to help raising awareness about the risks associated with giving birth at home and the importance of continuous care during and after pregnancy. The campaign is about donating the Club Points received (among members) to Gundua. If you haven’t already donated your own points– do so! Or deposit an optional donation directly at Gundua’s 90-account, postal giro: 90 02 16-3.
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