Kajjansi Healthcare Center is government run facility meaning all appointments, testing and medicines are free for the local people. With that being said, supplies and medications are extremely limited or the government has not provided any to the healthcare center. If that is the case, patients must take their prescription into town to a pharmacy and pay for the medication, which is more common. That is why we urge you to bring any types of medications you can get your hands on, whether it be for the clinic itself or for the surrounding villages for when you go on outreaches. Important medicines 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), the 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 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 to Bring to Donate
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 amazing. All the money you fundraise 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.