“Health care seeking behavior” at KIDA Hospital is increasing! When rural people have lived hours away from any health care provider all their lives, untreated illnesses became the norm.  Minor and treatable conditions become major illnesses that can lead to early death. 

In the past when people got sick, they would either tough it out or make a long trip to health care center only to find out that they can’t afford the care or the drugs they needed were out of stock.  Even when KIDA Hospital opened in 2011, some of the former barriers still existed, particularly unaffordable care to those who are destitute.

 KIDA’s accountant Mr. Robert Mugenyi reports that since KIDA launched a health care insurance cooperative to make care more affordable, the usage at the Hospital increased. There was a large jump in membership in the cooperative after KIDA, on the advice of  Health Partners (Uganda), did three things: (1) promoted the program to existing village groups, (2) renamed the program “KIDA BATAKA TWEJANJABE” which means “Let us a s a local community take care of our health”, and (3) began health education sessions with each group to help people understand the benefits of health care as well as how to prevent getting sick.

The coop membership now stands at 1739!  KIDA’s membership goal is to reach 3,000 by October 1, 2016.  Further growth will increase hospital usage and help people become healthier.  We wish KIDA well with the effort towards a goal of creating a healthy community.

Mothers line up for well-baby checks and vaccinations at KIDA Hospital
Mothers line up for well-baby checks and vaccinations at KIDA Hospital


The EID (Exposed Infant Diagnosis) Clinic is a department in KIDA Hospital that cares about the exposed babies and infants who are born to HIV positive mothers. When a pregnant mother is tested HIV positive, she is immediately started on antiretroviral treatment during her prenatal visit to reduce the chances of the baby contracting the disease. As long as an HIV positive mother chooses to deliver her baby at KIDA Hospital, the baby is started on ARV treatment (just in case) at birth. The mother comes into the clinic regularly for her treatment and brings the baby along for treatment. At the time when testing can be done that proves that the child does not harbor the virus, usually at 18 months of age, the baby discontinues treatment and is discharged.  Pictured here is one of the babies, Akampumusa Pretty, recently discharged from the Clinic and pronounced HIV negative!

Akampumuza Pretty at 18 months is HIV-free!


 KIDA Hospital participates in the Uganda Ministry of Health program to eliminate mother to child transmission of HIV, which is possible when antiretroviral drugs are taken during pregnancy and at delivery. Timing is everything. The babies are seen in the Early Infant Diagnosis Clinic (EID).
In September four babies born to HIV positive mothers turned 18 months, the time when a baby can be tested accurately for the presence or absence of the virus.

All four "graduated" from HIV care! Everyone, mothers and staff members alike, is happy when both the a baby's PCR and HIV antibody test results come back negative. Lucy, one of the mothers said, "Thank God that my child doesn't need any more drugs, and he will not have to suffer with a life-long infection like so many do."

Talemuza Seleveno is HIV-free! No more drugs!


An email just arrived from Rev. Ezra with pictures of a KIDA staff party to celebrate the electricity hookup! 
"It's a new world!" said Phedress, KIDA's bookkeeper, who, since she joined KIDA staff in 2008, has been depending on candles and lanterns for 12 hours every night in her apartment.
The celebration included speeches and an unveiling of the staff house security light by Hon. Alex Ruhunda, a member of Uganda's parliament who had lobbied hard for this electricty development. Many from the surrounding community gathered and celebrated along with KIDA's drama group with dancing to express their joy.  
Community members dance to celebrate new electric lights
KIDA drama members don their dance costumes for the big party after the work day


To help promote KIDA's Community Insuance plan (KCHIP), KIDA's leaders chose a more understandable name. "KIDA Bataka Twejanjabe" means, literally, "Let us as a local community take care of our health." Many village groups already have burial cooperatives called "Bataka Twezike" that help members in their burial arrangements.  The new health coop name, appealing to the Ugandan cooperative spirit, is increasing enrollment even more this quarter.  Membership in the second quarter reached 1032 people or 201 families.  KIDA's leaders, who were trained by Health Partners, continue the hard work of promoting membership to village groups so that the poor can better afford their medical care.

Ezra Musobozi presents the health coop plan to a village group
Ezra Musobozi presents the health coop plan to a village group


Joseph Mboneko was orphaned by HIV/AIDS at age 13 and faced a very uncertain future with no means to attend school. KIDA embraced him : restored his hope, counseled him, provided medical care, supported his school fees and his vocational training from 2006 to 2013.  Since then he has been working as a motorcycle mechanic while saving money in a wooden box under his bed. After two years of saving, he had enough to purchase his own motorcycle!  Now he has an additional earning potential: giving "boda boda" rides to customers in need of transport over dirt roads around the Ruwenzori hilly terrain.

Joseph with his benefactors: Ezra and Marjorie Musobozi, KIDA founders


KIDA will never abandon its mission to empower people with useful health information! On Fridays when mothers bring their babies for vaccinations, KIDA staff and volunteers have a captive audience, so they use the opportunity to teach mothers about infant and child nutrition, hygiene, family planning, and other health topics.  HIV positive mothers meet together for support and get advice about breastfeeding during this time as well.  These women even got a cooking demonstration on a recent Friday and were treated to a nutritious drink made with avocado and a vegetable salad.  Has that ever happened to you while you waited for a doctor's appointment?

Marjorie teaches nutrition while mothers with infants wait in the queue for vaccinations
Making a healthy juice drink


On June 19, 2015, 34 KIDA vocational students participated in a memorable graduation ceremony and received diplomas after completing 14 months of training and passing their final exams. Courses in carpentry, tailoring and building construction prepare students to earn incomes from marketable skills and create their own jobs.

Many of the graduates were vulnerable youth, orphaned due to HIV/AIDS, or had to leave school when taking care of sick parents. Were it not for vocational training these kids would remain destitute.  The graduation was a large public event that included members of Parliament, local politicians and other dignitaries.

The chief guest for this event came all the way from Kampala on Rev. Ezra’s invitation.  Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the country’s Commissioner of Quality Assurance in the Ministry of Health, did a thorough inspection of KIDA Hospital that was unannounced prior to the ceremony, which included commissioning the General Ward. Dr. Mwebesa delivered a speech at the graduation ceremony on behalf of his boss, the Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, the Uganda Minister of Health. 

34 KIDA vocational graduates participated in the ceremony


Dr. Henry Mwebesa, Uganda's commissioner in charge of Quality Assurance, represented Hon. Dr Elioda Tumwesigye, the Uganda Minister of Health, as the "chief guest" at KIDA's Vocational School graduation ceremony on June 19th. Before the ceremony, Dr. Mwebesa, did a thorough inspection of KIDA Hospital, found everything satisfactory, and later commissioned the General Ward. He was impresssed with cleanliness, organization and professionalism at the hospital and will report his findings to Dr. Tumwesigye, the Minister of Health back in Kampala.  This event greatly helps KIDA Hospital qualify for some Uganda government funding.

Dr. Charles Irumba, Medical Director (right) describes KIDA Hospital services to Dr. Mwebesa (center)

Lights Beneath the Mountains of the Moon

 In 2013, the Government of Uganda implemented a national plan to bring electricity to the country’s rural areas. Though this plan has hit the occasional road bump, the electrical grid has now arrived in the vicinity of the KIDA Hospital!

 With a hook up to the new national grid, Kitojo Hospital will no longer be reliant on a costly generator that supplements some solar power.  Last year alone, the expenditure for this unpredictable source of electricity was over $4,000. Until the complete hookup is accomplished, Kitojo Hospital staff members are living with no electricity in their homes, and there has been some turnover due to these conditions.

 The arrival of reliable electricity will go a long way to improving conditions both at the hospital and within the living quarters of hospital staff.  It is a huge advancement for a facility that offers so much to the community it serves.  Thanks to generous donors, KIDA’s cost of $9,800 to hook up all the buildings to the national grid has now been raised!  The work is currently underway! 

 Reliable light for this region is more than seeing in the dark, it will assist KIDA in its steadfast efforts to improve and save lives.  


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