Kajjansi Healthcare Center is a government run facility, providing all appointments, testing and medicines free of charge for the local population. Unfortunautely, supplies and medications are extremely limited or unavailable at the healthcare center. When this is the case, patients must take their prescription to a pharmacy and pay out of pocket, which is more common. Therefore, there is a great need for all types of medications; not only for the clinic, but also for the surrounding villages and outreach programs. Such medications might include: all antibiotics (especially amoxicillin), ibuprofen, vitamins, lidocaine, antiemetics and antidiarrheals.
Here is a basic outline of what happens at the center each week. In addition to these activities carried out at the main building, the other buildings include an Out Patient Clinic (OPD), Lab, Dispensary (Pharmacy) and Maternity Ward.
Monday & Wednesday: Immunization of Infants
Vaccines against Polio, DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus), PCV (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine), BCG (tuberculosis), and measles.
Tuesday: HIV Education, Counseling and Testing
This includes staging of the patient’s HIV progression, prescribing and dispensing medicines.
Thursday: Outreach to local villages
Depending on what supplies are available, you will travel to surrounding villages to vaccinate girls (age nine and above) against cervical cancer (HPV), conduct HIV and malaria testing, condom distribution, and dispense available medications.
Friday: Possible Outreaches and Planning
These supplies are used on a daily basis and are needed at the clinic. Whatever you can bring is extremely appreciated. There are also local clinics where certain things can be purchased.
Supplies Needed for Donations
1ml, 3ml syringes
22g, 23g needles for vaccinations
2x2, 4x4 Gauze
Experiences from Previous Volunteers
Fundraising: The clinic is in need of so much, so anything you can donate or fundraise is greatly appreciated. All of the money will go directly to the purchasing of supplies for your outreaches held on Thursdays, which for them, was the highlight of their weeks.
Clothing: They wore scrubs every day. Recommendation is roughly 3-4 sets, more if you don’t like to do laundry. But of course scrubs are not required and anything culturally acceptable is allowed.