Recognize challenges students face to attend the sewing schools, support the building and maintenance of a health center to support local medical needs. Future developments includes the establishment of a maternity ward and engineering a direct source of clean water into the facility.
- With the help of 50 volunteers, we have helped physically build 2 Health Centers in Kasese, Uganda that have treated thousands of women and children for malaria, intestinal illnesses, and other critical illnesses.
- We have immunized hundreds of children for 6 fatal diseases, both in the health center and by going door-to-door.
- We have also hosted over 25 educational programs focused on using mosquito nets, family planning, and other wellness exercises.
- We have helped empower 190 women in Kasese by forming a micro-loan program.
Before the health center was built, people in this region had no access to health care.
“This means there was no well-care, no testing for malaria, no access to basic antibiotics or dysentery medication,” explained DeJong. “If the girls attending our school are not healthy, then what we’re doing isn’t actually achieving a longer term goal of a healthy, sustainable economy.”
Since its founding in 2015, the health center has vaccinated about 80 children per month, has treated people for malaria on almost a daily basis, and has referred about 50 women a month to the nearest facility for childbirth.
Our future plans are to add a maternity wing onto the existing structure. For now, the laboring women who make the journey to the Marietta Steinberg Health Center are referred to the nearest level 3 heath center, six miles away.
To build the maternity center, we first need running water.
“When we clean this health center, we have to carry the water on our heads,” said Dr. Joseph who runs the Marietta Steinberg Health Center.
“Our patients really use that water. Water is the first treatment we give for malaria,” he said.