Posted: Fri, February 06, 2015 | By: Past Projects
On February 2, 2015, the “Biba Kavass Student Clinic” opened in Kyarumba, western Uganda. The clinic will serve the inhabitants of this rural town, especially toddlers attending St. Thomas Nursery School.
Biba Kavass is an award-winning Economics teacher at Southwind High School in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the founder of Microfinance in Action, a non-profit organization dedicated to involving students in humanitarian projects on a global level and the first KIVA Club chartered in the state of Tennessee. Her students operate a website entitled Microfinance in Action; they are writing a book entitled “Microfinance in Action: A Guide for Teenagers,” and they’re producing a video-documentary on poverty and microfinance via their travels both nationally and internationally.
Biba is a tireless philanthropist; she raises money via grant writing and crowd-funding for charity causes in numerous developing nations. Her resume is here. Biba is currently battling terminal Brain Cancer - she envisions this clinic as one of her last wonderful gifts for the world.
St. Thomas Nursery School is centrally located in Kyarumba, right behind the large St. Tomas Anglican Church. There are 104 toddlers at the nursery school.
The Biba Kavass Student Clinic is also adjacent to the church, in a small building near the maternity ward.
The purpose of the Biba Kavass Student Clnic is to help end preventable death and illness in the region, from malaria, HIV/AIDS, anthrax, bilharzia, cholera, diarrhea, and parasitical worms. UNICEF estimates 250,000 preventable deaths annually in Uganda - especially in the Under 5 age group.
The budget for Biba Kavass Student Clinic is $1,500, raised quickly in a GoFundMe campaign that will also pay for another clinic, sponsored by Biba.
The $1,500 in funds will provide an annual salary to a medic - Edmond Thembo - to diagnose diseases, dispense curatives, and train the community in hygiene and disease prevention. The $1,500 will provide medical equipment, a secure drug cabinet, furniture, office supplies and multiple medicines: Albendazole, Ivermectin, Praziquantel, Metronidazole, Coartem, etc.
45% of deaths in this region are caused by Malaria. The HIV/AIDS rate is also extremely high - 13% of the population.
Prevention of parasites will be emphasized at the Biba Kavass Student Clinic. Mental health is crippled by worms - 3.75 IQ points are lost per parasite infection. A Uganda study revealed 12.8% of children are infected with with hookworms, 9.6% with Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia), 4.3% with Ascaris, 8.5% with Giardia (protozoa) and 7.4% with Entamoeba histolytica.
Uganda desperately needs health assistance because $280 million in foreign aid was cut in 2013, due to Uganda governmental corruption and graft. Several nations - Sweden, Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, and United States - also reduced their foreign aid to Uganda in 2014, due to displeasure with anti-gay bills.