Celebrating Nurses Week
Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This year’s theme for Nurses Week is Compassion, Expertise, and Trust. In our current global situation, this theme truly highlights the meaningful work nurses are engaged in.
During this time, we would like to share our story of our healthcare and nursing program and celebrate many of our REACH graduates who are know on the ground serving their community at our clinics.
The REACH for Uganda, through the generous donations of Beatrice Tierney, established two clinics to serve the local community. The first was opened in July 2006 on the grounds of the Arlington Junior School in Bumwalukani, in Bududa District, in partnership with The Foundation for International Medical Relief. The second was opened in February 2008 in Buputo, in Matuwa District.
However, REACH did not have any local nurses or medical personnel to run the clinics, which required recruiting new nurses from outside the area to help run the clinics. This provided another opportunity for REACH to make an impact. To help support the community, REACH established a scholarship program to identify students in the local community to receive funding for training. Today, REACH has graduated 41 nurses who are working in different clinics and hospitals all over Uganda and has 6 students training as doctors at different Universities in Uganda.
To date, our clinics serve nearly 25,000 people annually, providing childhood immunizations, malaria treatment, HIV counseling, pneumonia treatment, skin care treatment, antenatal care, midwife services, and more.
We would like to introduce you to some of the staff that have been part of our REACH schools and scholarship program, and are now serving their local community as health care providers.