KIHEFO Community Outreach
Sustainable Agriculture, HIV/AIDS, Primary Health & Dental Care
Began in 2013 | Kabale, Kigezi, Uganda
Dr. Geoffrey Anguyo, the founder of Kigezi Healthcare Foundation (KIHEFO), believes the community is KIHEFO’s greatest resource. As a holistic-minded development organization, KIHEFO promotes health and sustainable agriculture, offers insight and a means for income generation, and encourages civic participation amongst local communities. KIHEFO has long understood the importance of community-based work, always willing to make the trek into hard to reach communities, on treacherous roads in unreliable vehicles. With monetary support from CFHI, as well as through direct engagement from our program participants, KIHEFO is able to carry out its outreach efforts in the Kigezi region.
Outreaches are conducted periodically throughout the month and on average more than 500 people are attended to per outreach. The demand is overwhelming as health accessibility and outcomes have improved for communities with no access to proper medical care. In 2015, more than 6,000 people benefited, spanning from more than 10 communities throughout Uganda's southern Kigezi region.
KIHEFO has set a goal for the upcoming year to have outreach centers within specific rural communities to increase access to care.
Outreach efforts include:
- A weekly primary health and dental care clinic in Rubira
- Monthly visits to the villages of Buhara, Ikumba and Muhanga to increase awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS
- Provide routine check-ups, testing, and medication for community members (i.e. cervical cancer screening, diabetes, high blood pressure)
- HIV/AIDS outreach
- Nutrition assessments
- Host sustainable agriculture workshops to the villages of Ibumba, Rubira, and Nyakiju to lend creative ideas about increasing crop yields, access to markets, improving efficiency, and breaking down barriers related to gender.
One mother who brought two of her children to one of KIHEFO's health outreach camps, both of whom were very ill, exclaimed, "If not for KIHEFO coming into the community to bring medical services closer to us, I don't think we'd be able to access any services. We simply cannot afford transport to town. We are so thankful for Dr. Anguyo and his team!"