Posted: Fri, December 04, 2015 | By: St. Thomas School
On February 2, 2016, the “Rachel Lyn Edler Clinic” will replace the “Biba Kavass Student Clinic” as the new sponsor of free medical care for students at St. Thomas Nursery School, in Kyarumba, Uganda.
Rachel Edler is a graphic designer in Santa Rosa, California. She will be sponsoring the clinic for 4 months. St. Thomas Nursery School is centrally located in Kyarumba, right behind the large St. Tomas Anglican Church. Last year there are 104 toddlers at the nursery school; enrollment has jumped to 17, largely due to the popularity of the clinic.
The purpose of the Rachel Lyn Edler Clnic is to help end preventable death and illness 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 the Rachel Lyn Edler Clinic is $457 for four months. The money will provide a salary to a medic - Edmond Thembo - to diagnose diseases, dispense curatives, and train the community in hygiene and disease prevention. The funds will also provide 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 Rachel Lyn Edler 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.