Accomplish runs eight rural epilepsy clinics, spreading from Kagando to beyond Fort Portal, a huge area of western Uganda.
Well over 600 children now receive treatment through these clinics, where medical professionals
diagnose epilepsy and provide prescriptions, medication and information.
Treatment uses three cheap, locally produced drugs.
Our satellite clinic approach has been successful. Before our clinics were established, just 0-1% of children believed to have epilepsy were receiving treatment. Now, an estimated 27% of children in the district with epilepsy are receiving treatment. Some children and their parents walk for several hours to attend the clinics, such is their reputation.
The clinics were established by one of our trustees, Dr. Chris Harris, working in partnership with Kagando Hospital. Chris has written a programme of training for diagnosing epilepsy in children, which has been adopted by the Ugandan government. Data from the clinics plus the programme written by Chris have been published in international journals, receiving interest from many different countries.
One of our partner organisations is in the process of meeting with local governments and health centres to further expand these clinics.