Dr. Robert Kalyesubula Awarded for Outstanding Community Work in Nakaseke

VOCATIONAL SERVICE AWARD

Awarded by Rotary Club of Kampala Ssese Island.

Rotary Club of Kampala Ssese Islands recognized and appreciated Dr. Robert Kalyesubula and awarded him with a Vocational Award for his support for the Nakaseke community through African Community Center for Social Sustainability (ACCESS).

Each year, ACCESS supports 60 girls in the DREAMS program to access vocational training in hairdressing and tailoring.  To date, a total of 180 girls have gained these marketable skills and are currently self-employed or employed within the community. ACCESS also supports 500 OVCs, 50 elderly women and men, 180 nursing and midwifery students, and 61 preschool children. It has supported 150 women to start-up income-generating projects.

Amidst the lockdown, the ACCESS lifecare center did not close down a single day and it was able to provide services to 4,142 community patients.  It conducted 3,154 laboratory tests for people in the community and 2,511 immunization visits for children under five years. ACCESS has trained 120 community health workers using WHO and community Health Impact Coalition (CHIC) guidelines. Through these community health workers, ACCESS was able to extend services to people in hard to reach areas. In 2020, ACCESS provided at least 60,574 family planning services through community outreaches, partner health facilities, and community health workers (CHWs).

During the 2020 COVID 19 devastating period, ACCESS managed to distribute 84 radio sets and distributed 2,196 education materials to the homes with orphans and other vulnerable children. It was able to set up a food rescue program to support the children and vulnerable women whose families were struggling.

We appreciate the Rotary Club of Kampala Ssese Islands for recognizing the work that the African Community Center for Social Sustainability (ACCESS) does in the Nakaseke community.