STREET MEDICINE PROGRAM
Access to healthcare is very much limited for street connected children and elderly individuals. There is no real opportunity for these underserved group to develop an ongoing relationship with a healthcare provider since they are highly mobile and health is a lower priority as they struggle to meet their daily demands for food and shelter also due to poverty, ignorance, lack of coordinated healthcare services and lack of the supervision of responsible adults, most of them do not seek necessary medical attention at right time.
Street Medicine Project (formerly Wound Care Project for Street Children) was founded in 2015 targets to support street connected children and elderly people on transit to safe homes/shelters in Mwanza city to access free healthcare services outside the hospital and within the hospital. Before April 2021 the program was conducted in a small tent set along the streets and sometimes along the Victoria Lake Shore.
In collaboration with Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences-Bugando, the program provides learning opportunities for local and international students through research studies including studies on prevalence of wounds and associated infections.
The program involves medical volunteers and staff from Bisou Bailey Dispensary who take responsibilities of triaging the patients at Mwanza streets and take them to the Dispensary for medical consultation, laboratory investigation, medication and health promotion. The programs serve an average of 30 patients per outreach and common presenting conditions includes wounds, Urinary Tract Infections, Typhoid, Worms, skin diseases etc.