You treat a disease: you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you win-no matter what the outcome. — Patch Adams
In October, we started a new department at Musana Community Health Center: The Rehabilitation and Occupational Therapy Department. Over the past six months, it has been exciting to see the department develop and we are thrilled to see how it will continue to grow to reach an underserved population in the Iganga community.READ MORE
One year ago, we shared our broken hearts after losing two babies that died because of the complexity of the broken health care system that exists in Uganda. Kauthara and Promise did not have access to a simple blood transfusion that would have saved their lives. After this, we worked hard to put all the necessary things in place to have a health facility that could offer these services. A year later, Musana Community Health Center is licensed to give blood and we have become a referral center for patients that need transfusions across the region! Our services are saving lives daily! Read more on how together we built a hospital.READ MORE
This past Sunday there was a horrific attack at a church in Iganga just a few miles away from Musana due to a land dispute between the church and community members. During service, a group of men attacked members in the congregation with machetes, killing two people and injuring many others. After the attack, the victims were rushed to the main hospital in Iganga for treatment. One of the injured was Musa Kabale. Musa was slashed multiple times on the head and on his body with the machetes and was losing blood rapidly. The main hospital did not have blood to do a transfusion so Musa was rushed to Musana Community Health Center (MCHC). Our amazing medical team worked tirelessly to stitch up all the wounds and give him the blood that saved his life. There is no question that Musa would have died without the efforts of our doctors, clinicians, and nurses. As the only income earner in the family, Musa would have left two wives and ten children with no means to provide for themselves.READ MORE
With every heartbreak we experience at Musana, there are multiple stories of triumph. This month we have shared the heartbreaking stories of Kauthara and Promise, two babies that died because of the complexity of the broken health care system that exists in Uganda, in which they did not have access to the services that would have saved their lives. Although we have been able to serve the health needs of over 10,000 community members through Musana Community Health Center’s outreaches and out-patient services, there is still so much NEED for in-patient and emergency care. Today, we look towards the future, when we will be able to do more for community members by expanding into a 70-bed in-patient facility with an operating room and specialty services.READ MORE
Damali was the youngest child to come to Musana in 2008. At five years old at the time, she became Musana’s treasure. The youngest of six children, she had a sass and flare about her that made her a favorite among the Musana kiddos. The older boys and girls tried to pick on her, but Little Damali could always hold her own. Over the years, she has never ceased to amaze all that have known her. She was speaking perfect English by Primary 2, learned her multiplication tables for fun in Primary 3, and read books at a level higher than our Primary 7s by Primary 4. She has been the top of her class since nursery school, not only competing against her classmates, but with herself. Damali has a determination to always meet her full potential. Outside of the classroom, she was the star of Musana’s choir and dance team in her early years of primary school. She was not only the youngest on the stage, but the smallest, leading girls twice her size. She was elected as the Head Prefect when she was in Primary 5, a huge accomplishment. Now in Primary 6 with one year left of primary school, we are thrilled to see what God has in store for her! SHE IS AMAZING!READ MORE
I want to build a hospital.
We were touched by this blog written by a volunteer who recently visited Musana and saw with her own eyes the need for a Health Center. Alissa writes, “The need is great. The need is so so so great. For rescuing children. For providing education. For helping widows. And also, as I learned, for healthcare. So enough beating around the bush. Here’s the deal: I want to build a hospital. Or, rather, I want to get a hospital built. And I want to ask for YOUR help to do that.