St. James’ by the Park Church donated part of its 2020 surplus to Enable Busoga and together with the regular monthly donations during the second half of 2021, these funds were used to support FLEP(Family Life education Programme) since it ran out of funding earlier in the year. Consequently, the organisation has been able to continue delivering health services to the rural population throughout Busoga. This includes running a vaccination program against COVID 19.
Within Uganda as a whole, the COVID 19 vaccination program has picked up considerably in recent months. Jabs are now available to all over 18 years of age and by the end of the year, 10 million people should be fully vaccinated! Church congregations are now able to meet regularly in limited numbers and all schools should return in early 2022 provided pupils have been vaccinated.
Here is Chris Kyewe’s report on how the money was used:
• FLEP health facilities have been partnering with district local government health departments including district health offices and health facilitities to extend COVID-19 vaccination services and information in the hard-to-reach communities of Kamuli, Bugiri and Namutuba Districts. Health facilities received an assortment of vaccines that included Pfizer and Astra-Zeneca vaccines.
• Community mobilisation to create awareness on the availability of vaccines was conducted through village megaphones, posters and the radio station.
• The vaccination exercise was conducted at the health facilities with outreaches at some sites.
• Every individual who was vaccinated recieved a vaccination card indicating their vaccination date, vaccine received, dose number and when to receive their next dose.
• 95% of the vaccines administered were the first dosage.
• The vaccination exercise is still on-going.
• The vaccination results from Muterere and Mpulira Health facilities are still being compiled and will be shared in due time.
Furthermore, the funds given have contributed towards the reconstruction of an important, long-established health centre at Kisozi which lost its roof during a heavy storm earlier in the year. The roof is now being replaced and the local community is contributing funds and materials to make good the inside of the building.
Chris is hopeful that FLEP will be able to secure new funding from January 2022.