Ssese Islands that form Kalangala District is made up of 84 Islands with 64 inhabiting people. The entire district has 15 Health facilities (2 HC IVs, 6 HC IIIs, and 7 HC IIs but only 7 out of 64 islands are with health facilities.
There’s only one medical personnel for every 6,000 people, a number of islands have no health facilities neither the poor bereaved elderly and their OVCs can’t afford to meet health charges in nearby private dispensaries nor to reach these distant Health Centers. COAC Foundation fills in the gaps with basic health care services, consistently serving in the hard-to-reach Ssese Island communities.
Home-based Health Care workers mostly volunteers, conduct elderly home outreaches visiting different islands and travelling great distances. We make purposeful visits to elderly headed homesteads that involve dispensing drugs, provide counseling and carry out household chores.
We identify families that are struggling and need more support, talk with the children to ensure that their needs are being met. Transport challenges pose a great problem limiting inter-connectivity between the numerous Islands. This largely reduces access to Health Care Services. We bridge the gap and serve communities that would otherwise miss out through organizing free Health Camps.
We provide palliative care for the bedridden. Above all, we provide a vital service and deliver healing, health and hope to the individuals and families in their care. We train and support, and helping to facilitate the creation of networks of community health care workers that allow for meaningful exchanges of information among the projects.