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Yotkom Project, Uganda

September 2018

We caught up with the Ugandan builder, Patrick this morning. The plastering of walls is completed they are still working on the cornices. Chipping of the floors in the first room has started in preparation for final floor surface to be laid. Outside near generator the retaining wall / stormwater drainage is finished and plastering the brick wall along fence line will be completed tomorrow. Along building wall Amos , the plumber , is laying waste pipes and when this is completed painting of the generator building will be done. The next week they will start digging the water tank hole and prepping for the stand.

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Yotkom June 2018

Visits from Gateway Baptist Church cohort has greatly blessed the Yotkom Centre in Kitgum.

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Dr Jonathan Tey was embraced by our medical team of nurses and doctors and provided inspiration to them by modelling good medical practice in the daily activities at Yotkom and through formal teaching at Continuing Medical Education forums

He is mentoring a young man, Denis who is undertaking medical studies at nearby Gulu University . Denis has been bonded to work at Yotkom at the completion of his studies as part of our human resource planning for the future.
 
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Chelsea Edwards has background in medical research and was able to introduce a new pathology test kit to our laboratory for Leischmaniasis. 
She also developed close relationships with our administrators, theatre nurse and medical record department.
 
We really benefit from these visits and our partnership with Australia

 

 

 

Yotkom April 2018

Dear Yotkom supporters

I want to thank you for your continuing interest in our Yotkom project in Northern Uganda and for your support.

Currently I am in Uganda at the Medical Centre in Kitgum and we have recently had several Australian visitors .

A lot is happening here. We are very encouraged by the growth we are seeing!

The Primary Health care centre is treating around 15000 patients per year and we employ 32 Ugandan medical and support staff.

We are also able to report that the facility is around 80 % self reliant which is quite an achievement after 2 years and most especially when one considers we are serving such a poor community

with limited financial capacity to share health care costs.

Right now the Maternal and Child health facility is underway and going ahead in leaps and bounds.  I am so excited to see this fulfilment of a long time vision .

It is going to help us grow but at the same time will be financial challenge for us as we need to employ more highly qualified medics to supervise and provide safe care.

Please consider donating to our work as we know the next 2 years in particular will be a growth phase where costs will increase.

We believe we will ultimately  achieve a high degree of  self reliance in our new facility as our reputation becomes known and patient numbers increase.

In the meantime, as we increase our services, your donations are  much appreciated.


For an update on life here in Uganda including photos 

go to:

www.yotkom.com

If you would like to give to the work of YOTKOM UGANDA follow the guides on our web site or give a tax deductible gift online by going  direct to:

donate.yotkom.com

thanks so much!

ANDREW WRIGHT

Australian Director, Yotkom Uganda

 

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1st February 2018

A big thank you to all our Summer Holiday donors. A special Christmas appeal in December 17 and January 18 has raised more than $25000 

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December 2017

The Yotkom Laboratory has been a great step forward for healthcare in Kitgum. Healthcare workers can diagnose in the laboratory tuberculosis and other tropical diseases like schistosomiasis.

 

28th November 2017

Dental Service Begins at Yotkom

This November we are excited to be able to commence a dental service to the community.
The area we service has a population of over 300,000 and people with tooth ache and decay suffer so much without skilled interventions. The Yotkom Medical centre has employed Godfrey as a dentist and Annette as a dental assistant . We have set up a well equipped basic facility and plan to expand this.
In 2018, a dentist from Australia has indicated a willingness to come to Kitgum and assist with ongoing mentoring and teaching.
We believe this is a significant leap forward in our mission to bring wholistic high quality health care to northern Uganda. 

 

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4th November

From Dr Andrew Wright's Blog

At a cardiac conference in Kampala today

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It was soooo exciting to meet the cardiac physician and cardiac surgeon who operated on Makmot,

the child we sponsored by Yotkom to receive life saving surgery for a severe heart defect.


He has done so well with open heart surgery performed here in Kampala.


The physician said he was amazed at how well he recovered after surgery for a boy his age.

He reported the best outcome they have ever had in speed of recovery,


We are so thankful to those who contributed to our compassionate fund.

Our Yotkom compassion funds are set aside to assist the poor in our community to access life changing surgery.

We know that Makmot , now aged 12 would not have survived without this treatment.

We want to appreciate Matt Durden our Australian medical student, now doctor who initially diagnosed his condition

while spending time at Yotkom Medical Centre in 2016.

Kind regards from Uganda 

Andrew and Anne 

 

 31 OCTOBER 2017

Dear Yotkom supporters, 

Andrew and Anne are travelling back to Kitgum Uganda tomorrow November 1

We will join up with Pat and Maree Holdsworth who have been working with the Yotkom team along with Matthew Davenport, a paramedic from Queensland for the past few weeks.

We are appreciate your prayers for us all as we work together to continue building up the project and as we mentor our Ugandan  leadership team and continue to seek to raise the medical standards of our facility.

We are excited that we will be opening our new Yotkom canteen while we are there ( see photo BELOW) and this is going to provide much needed food and nutrition for our team of 25 and also for the patients and their families.

We plan to help a Ugandan couple to establish this as a small business and to rent the building to them on our land at our front gate.

We are also putting everything in place to build our maternal and child health facility over the next 9 months. 

The other goal during this time is to employ a Ugandan dentist and establish a dental service within our facility.

We invite you to  keep up to date with developments on our web site where some new photos and articles  will be posted over the next few weeks.

www.yotkom.com

Thank you again for supporting our work and partnering with us!

Kind regards

Andrew and Anne Wright and the Yotkom Uganda team !

 

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A message from Anne Wright:

 30 JUNE 2017

Hi all! Well our time at Yotkom is coming to a close. We have realised this time how difficult running a health centre in Uganda is.

There is a lot of opposition to improving health care here and raising the standards. Some of the difficulties are due to poverty, some due to culture, some due to staff motivation.

And we realise that running a health facility could be so close to failure if it wasn't for God's help.

But we have accepted to some extent that this is what we will be constantly facing each time we come. It is just the nature of working in the developing world where poverty and problems are rife. So we continue to press on. 

God has encouraged us in his word here and our daily devotions have been life giving and very timely.

I have been thinking on the verses in Galations 6 verses 9 and 10. These verses encourage us to continue to do good and help others and NOT TO LOSE HEART.

So this is what we strive to do. We have also been reading about Pauls life in Acts and being reminded again of all the opposition he faced and hardships.

But he was faithful and continued to do good and finished the race set before him.

We have been encouraged by all the people who have told us that the community are so impressed with the services they received at Yotkom.

And all are encouraging us to keep going and to do more.

At times when I have felt discouraged I have taken a walk around the wards and just looked at the patients that are admitted and realised that we are helping many.

We are also encouraged by some of our leaders we are seeing growth in their characters and they are working hard to improve services and watch over the clinic.

We have a core group of good staff which we are grateful for.

We have had lots of meetings and brainstorming sessions which we hope will bring growth and improvements. 

I think the leaders will be exhausted and glad to see us go back to Australia.

We have learnt a lot about culture and made a few boo boos culturally which we have all had a good laugh about. 

We leave for Kampala on Sunday an 8 to 9 hour drive. We are picking up our new pulse ambulance on Monday.

This is a small ambulance trailer which you attach to the back of a motorbike and will really help us in transporting our critically ill patients.

Thank you to all who have followed our movements with interest and have prayed for us. We look forward to catching up when we get home.

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