The birth of the KCC clinic

I’m Tash, now working in youthwork & Social Care but previously as a General Nurse and then Dental Nurse. I travelled to KCC for the first time in 2010 not really knowing what I would bring. Seeing that they had a rudimentary raised bed, a plastic screen in a room used for storage and an occasional visiting nurse to meet the health needs of the children: The hope for a small triage, observation and treatment space was born. Nothing fancy: clean, basically equipped, and functional. In 2 ½ weeks, together with my family and some youth in our group, we emptied, cleaned, sanded, and painted the storeroom. Our carpenter built me simple cupboards and shelves. I shopped for essentials and the clinic was born. Each year I returned and added equipment (autoclaves, instruments for dental exams etc.) Stocked the cupboards with useful meds and worked with the Ugandan nurse about how to get the best from them. The little clinic was used daily. A nurse was employed and moved onsite. Immunisations, dental exams, first aid, triage and observational care have taken place there for 12 years now, so it has served KCC quite well although still a very humble and simple clinic. In 2012 I was blessed to accompany Kerri Rennison’s Solihull group and worked with an amazing group of medical practitioners to deliver medical clinics in Wakiso town and Kampala slums. My passion for bringing medical care to Uganda was perpetuated. In 2018 I returned with Dr Dee and we researched clinics all over the region, the need and the potential. I am so privileged to be able to return finally (post covid) in 2022 to be a small part in the completion of DMC. As a legacy to our late friend Kerri, a service to the people of Wakiso, and an unimaginable dream made possible by some amazing people, a long, long way from where my little hope began.

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