The mortality rate in Uganda could be reduced drastically if the country would have a better healthcare system. Large numbers of people are still dying of diseases that are relatively easy to treat, such as malaria.
Originally, there was no medical practice, first aid post or clinic in the vicinity of the campus. In 1997 we opened a small clinic on campus grounds, which was expanded in later years. Nowadays a doctor and a dentist hold daily consultations, and midwives and nurses are available 24 hours a day for deliveries and first aid. We have an ultrasound machine and a laboratory where blood and urine can be examined. The clinic also participates in government run vaccination and HIV programs.
The clinic now plays an important role for the project, but especially for the people from the surrounding villages Nsasa, Nabasuqwe, Namugongo and Jjanda. The clinic is visited by around thirty patients a day. Many lives have been saved and thousands of babies have been delivered here.
Another major contribution to public health is clean drinking water. Two boreholes were drilled on the campus grounds, where clean drinking water is pumped up into water towers with a capacity of 20,000 litres. This ensures that the campus is always provided with drinking water. We also supply some of the surrounding villagers.