Jinja hospital is one of the regional hospitals located in eastern Uganda. It serves the Busoga region and surrounding districts in Eastern Uganda.
Eastern Uganda is the second populous region in Uganda with a population of about 9.1m.
Eastern Uganda has 2 ENT surgeons, one based in Mbale Regional Referral Hospital and another in Jinja hospital. This is a ratio of 1:4.5million people.
Jinja Regional Referral Hospital is the only regional referral hospital in Busoga region located at the extreme southwestern part of Busoga in Jinja district. It is in Jinja District east of the River Nile and along the northern shores of Lake Victoria. It is a referral hospital for Jinja, Iganga, Mayuge, Kamuli, Kaliro, Buyende, Namutumba, Bugiri, Busia, Buikwe districts and the islands.
The main barriers to access ENT care in the region are due to wrong socio cultural beliefs which result in delay in reporting to health facilities; low income to cover the opportunity costs involved in referral, inadequate skills at lower health centers to deal with ENT conditions, delayed referral and inability to deal with the patients at the referral hospital due to lack of equipment.
The ENT unit treats on average 400 patients per month. This is a drop in the ocean, and these are mainly from Jinja and few from surrounding districts who tend to come with late- stage disease and complications. There is need to train the lower cadre staff involved in ENT as they are the ones in the community to carry out the health education and promotion.
The ENT department only has a few pieces of equipment that it has been able to use to manage the cases it gets.
The ENT unit currently is unable to perform lifesaving procedures like bronchoscopy, oesophagoscopy and foreign body removals, which are common emergencies. Patients are referred to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital or Mulago National Referral Hospital.
Besides, common surgical cases have to be referred because of lack of equipment.
The ENT unit seeks to provide better ENT care to all in the region, create awareness about ENT preventable diseases, rehabilitation and improve the health status of the community because a healthy community is a wealthy community.
The project therefore, seeks to address the following needs:
1. Acquisition of equipment that will allow the department to perform procedures to treat ENT patients.
2. Treatment of ENT disease to reduce the disease burden.
3. Awareness creation and prevention of ENT diseases in the public domain.
4. Skills upgrade for the local doctors and other health personnel involved in ENT work for proper management of ENT cases in order to reduce morbidity and mortality.
1. Strengthening health care systems.
2. Improving the capacity of local health care professionals.
3. Promoting disease prevention and treatment programs that limit the spread of communicable diseases and reduce the incidence and effect of non-communicable diseases.
1. Provision of Medical Equipment to the ENT Clinic of Jinja Regional Referral Hospital.
2. Improving accessibility of emergency ENT care in the East Central region of Uganda.
1. Jinja Regional Referral Hospital ENT Clinic.
2. Entire community in East Central Uganda and beyond.
Location: Jinja Regional Referral Hospital ENT Clinic, Jinja City, East Central Region in Uganda.
Timeline: 01/05/2023 - 31/10/2023.
ITEM AMOUNT (USD)
1 EQUIPMENT Sub-Total 109,545
2 TRAINING Sub-Total 11,892
3 PUBLICITY Sub-Total 1,351
4 SIGNAGE Sub-Total 1,892
5 MONITORING EVALUATION & LEARNING 1,351
6 CONTINGENCY Sub-Total 6,302
GRAND TOTAL 132,333
Club members involvement:
1. Initiate the project.
2. Conduct the community assessment.
3. Manage project implementation and budget.
4. Receive project funds through a dedicated projects account and pay to respective entities as per agreed budget and schedule to ensure proper stewardship of the funds.
5. Develop the project plan together with the International sponsor.
6. Have project committees that collaborate with each other.
7. Partner with a cooperating organization (a nongovernmental organization, community group, or government entity) if needed.
8. Advocate and mobilize funds (USD 5,000) towards the project - to be matched by D9213.
9. Monitor and evaluate the activities of the ENT project to completion.
10. Submit project reports in the Grant Center in partnership with International partner(s).