It is such a great joy to be part of ACCESS and a vast group of individuals that have dedicated themselves to ensure that rural communities of Africa, like Nakaseke continue to have standard health services, access to quality education and economic empowerment. In our 20th year of existence, we have a lot to celebrate having reached a milestone of having directly touched the lives of over 77,500 individuals through our services. Initially working under a tree, we now have a well-furnished clinic with laboratory services able to care for both outpatient and inpatient clients. We have trained over 300 community health workers who are the backbone of our service delivery. Through their dedication and enthusiasm, we are able to always have our feet and ears on the ground adapting steadily to the needs of the community. We have established a preschool and are operating a full-fledged nursing school employing close to 68 individuals fulltime and supporting 120 community health workers. One of our key projects addressing non-communicable disease has been evaluated and taken on as a model by the Uganda Ministry of Health to ensure that many more people are prevented from getting Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) while those who are diagnosed are treated in a timely manner.
We have partnered with local and international collaborators to ensure that we continuously evaluate, learn and adapt our interventions to match the current needs of the population we serve. This was highly advantageous when we were hit by the COVID-19 epidemic as well as the ongoing after effects of the Russia-Ukraine war — both of which have seen massive exit of support from our vulnerable communities. This year our model was featured at the United Nations Annual General Assembly (UNGAS) which was such a great milestone. We are very optimistic and ready to give our best to our third decade and we hope to walk this journey with a group of committed individuals that are able to work with us to reach the most remotely placed child with the minimum resources that they need to have their lives transformed. Thank you for your great contribution to humanity. Enjoy reading our annual report.
Robert Kalyesubula, MD, PhD
President, ACCESS Uganda.