Impact: Patients Treated
Bulamu began operations in early 2016, with our first weeklong medical camp held in April of that year treating 1,820 patients. Our final camp of 2017 in November served 8,500, an increase of 467%. Over our first two years, we have now treated 35,000 poor Ugandans at a cost that is currently running at about $4 per patient.
Our primary impact is that we have addressed the healthcare needs of 35,000 poor Ugandans who probably would not otherwise have had that access to that level of professional care. To understand what this means in practice, it is helpful to look at diagnosis data from our September 2017 camp, which is representative of all our camps:
The Bulamu Difference
Why are so many Ugandans willing to travel miles to attend our medical camps and clinic when they are being held at the same location where government operated health clinics provide free medical care year-round? We believe there are three primary reasons:
- Bulamu’s reputation for efficient, courteous, quality healthcare. People know that they will receive the care and medicines they need from qualified professionals. They will not have traveled in vain.
- The breadth of medical treatments and services available. The Mbale camp in September 2017 offered our patients the following:
- General Medicine: routine exam, diagnosis, triaging, and treatment as needed
- Dispensing of prescription and over-the-counter medicines
- Performed 262 surgical procedures
- Delivered 25 babies, ten by C-section.
- Administered 412 immunizations
- Screened 165 women for cervical cancer.
- Tested 101 patients positive for HIV
- Performed eye examinations and distributed free reading glasses to 500 people.
- Provided dental exams and services (tooth extraction, cavity filling, etc.)
- Offered spiritual counseling by Christian and Muslim pastors
- Made direct referral to regional hospital for acute treatment if needed
- The ancillary public health workshops being offered. Again, the Mbale camp shows the breadth of these benefits.
- Malaria seminar and distribution of free mosquito nets from US AID
- Personal hygiene workshop
- Reusable Menstrual Pad (RUMP) training for pubescent girls, teaching them to sew their own reusable pads and stay in school when having their periods.
- AIDS prevention workshop
- Free “Maama Kits” distributed to expectant mothers, courtesy of Inner Wheel Club of Kampala.
- Dental hygiene workshop distributing free dental kits to 300 children
Balamu has developed a unique service delivery model at our weeklong camps that includes a range of treatments and services, a one-stop shop for Ugandans’ healthcare needs. We believe that this model will continue to grow as an important element within the Ugandan healthcare system. Our camp patients are voting with their feet, which provides a strong endorsement for the impact we are having in their lives. The strategic challenge we face is how to create an economically sustainable model that provides continuity of care between our periodic camps. As our platform grows in stature and our network of cooperative relationships expands, we are confident those answers will emerge.