Uganda Rural Fund (URF)
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
SummaryURF uses the health outreach model to deliver care and prioritizes preventative care over treatment by making necessary health care services readily available at the village level.
Key program components
URF uses a prevention-focused health care outreach model, organizing medical camps in partnership with medical students from Uganda and other countries and training Village Health Workers (VHW) to address common diseases.
Medical Camps: URF organizes and conducts medical camps in partnership with medical students from Uganda and other countries. The camps are staffed by a team of doctors, nurses, and lab technicians who provide basic treatment and general health check-ups to help people be aware of their health status. Referrals are made to a hospital in Masaka and the patients are transported by the URF’s medical van. In partnership with Uganda Cares, URF also provides free HIV testing and counseling to AIDS patients in its area of operation and makes referrals and facilitates transportation to the Uganda Cares Clinic in Masaka.
Static Facility: Recently, URF has also opened a static medical clinic, the Mirembe Community Health Center at Hope Academy, to serve students and the neighborhood. currently staffed by two nurses, the clinic is stocked with most of the medicine needed for basic health treatment and charges a small fee to patients for prescriptions. Patients with major illnesses are referred to larger clinics and hospitals in Masaka. URF also uses its medical van to assist with transportation in emergency cases.
Village Health Worker Training: With help from University of Medical Students and a UK nurse, URF also trains VHWs in each village to carry out health education and home-based follow up with sick patients. The VHWs help facilitate health talks and medical camps in the villages of operation and provide basic screenings such as weight measurements and blood pressure readings for kids and adults.