We are working with An African Dream to help provide much needed healthcare to the pupils and caregivers at St. Mark Memorial Orphanage & Primary School in Kyanya, near Kasese in West Uganda.
A 2nd health day was held on March 1st 2012. You can read about the 1st day by clicking here.
The day started with health education on the following issues to the pupils during assembly:
We health educated on Personal hygiene including hand washing, tooth brushing, cleanliness and tidiness and also environmental hygiene. We constructed 2 hand washing facilities, tippy taps, outside the latrines
2. Discipline and academic excellence
We encouraged the pupils to maintaining discipline both at home and at school, to respect their parents, teachers, fellow pupils and other people in the community. We discouraged use of vulgar language and peer influence. We encouraged them to work hard, and be determined to excel.
3. HIV/AIDS prevention
We educated the children on modes of HIV transmission.
We emphasized on abstinence as the only measure for the pupils to stay safe from HIV infection. During individual counselling we noted that some pupils especially girls were already sexually active but ignorant of the consequences.
We encouraged them to support their family members and fellow pupils they could be knowing are living with HIV and not stigmatize them.
We discouraged them from sharing sharps both at school and at home.
4. Girl child education
A concern of girls dropping out of school or absenteeism themselves from school once they reach menstruation age was raised and therefore we planned and met all the girls from the age of 13 years and above and the following issues were addressed;
- Adolescent and girl body changes
- Care during menstruation
Girls raised a concern of lack of access to sanitary towels since most of their parents are poor to afford them and this exposes them to soiling their clothes at school and once their friend laughs at them, they don’t come back to school. We taught them how to make local pads with cotton clothing, keeping them clean and always talk to their female teachers and their parent in case of any problems. Teacher Jane was selected for the follow up on the issue and we promised to support her with written article on girl child development.
We made a follow up and have since identified an organization called GEM that is advocating for girl child, provides materials and teach them how to make recyclable pads.
Sexual Reproductive Health
We also provided reproductive health education to the parents and referred the mothers who needed family planning services.
During the day 127 individuals were provided with counselling and testing for HIV. 2 tested positively and have been referred to a local programme for on-going treatment.
Treatment of Minor Illnesses
On the day 203 individuals received treatment for illnesses and basic conditions, including malaria, respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, conjunctivitis and fungal infections. Some, with more serious conditions, including 2 with suspected Hepatitis B and 6 with suspected Diabetes, were referred to Kilembe Hospital for further care.