Before the health center was built, people in the Kihara 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 PFF founder Laurie DeJong. “If the girls attending our sewing 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, over 8000 people have been treated at the health center. About 1000 people, mostly children, have been vaccinated for th 6 leading deadly diseases in Uganda.
The primary illnesses reported in the area are malaria, respiratory tract infections, and diarrhea, which are both treatable. However, if left untreated, they can be fatal. The instance of malaria has declined more than 50% since the health center opened, in part because of the distribution of mosquito nets and the installation of a clean water holding tank and tap that the Paper Fig Foundation funded.
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.