In 2015, EIA started construction on a clinic that will focus on the treatment of the 500+ children who attend BPS. Students living at BPS can contract a variety of illness like malaria, hepatitis, and HIV/AIDS. With so many children living together, the spread of an illness can be rapid and overwhelming.
Bethlehem Health offers simple services for the school in the following ways:
- Obtainable medical supplies and proper medications: The clinic will properly stock medical supplies and medications like sterile gloves, saline, rubbing alcohol, lab equipment, pain medication, antibiotics, and vaccinations.
- Present and available staff: This includes ensuring that a doctor and nurse are always on staff at the clinic. Alternatively, if a doctor cannot be on staff 24/7, in their absence, at least two nurses and a midwife will be present.
- Record keeping: The clinic will develop the proper protocols for patient intake such as recording patient history, tracking of weight and height, and a list of prescribed medications. All of this information will be kept in both written and digital form to ensure its accessibility, security, and longevity.
- Diagnosing in the laboratory: Most if not all tests for diagnoses will have to be done in the laboratory of the clinic. Staff will have the ability to perform these tests, namely tests for malaria and HIV diagnoses, TB tests, and blood and urine cultures. The clinic will also have laboratory equipment like ultrasound, microscopes, a blood bank, stretchers, and a small operating theater.
- Injections: Many diseases prevalent in Uganda are treated via injection of medications. Staff will be able to offer proactive injections to children in the community. We intend injections to be for illnesses like polio, tuberculosis, whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B, measles and haemophilus influenza type b.
- Vitals and Patient Triage: As patients come into the clinic, students will have the opportunity to take vitals, record height and weight, and help organize the the clinic’s intake of patients. This will expose students to the organization and management required to run a clinic, and allow them to develop patient care skills.
- General Health Education: EIA and clinic administrators will also arrange seminars focused on offering more information about healthcare to the community. These seminars could include topics like the importance of vaccinations or the reasons to stay hydrated with water. The topics of these seminars will also be determined based on issues that are of interest to the community. This means that the clinic will have to conduct community outreach visits so that we can better understand the health interests of the community has a whole.