In TERREWODE, staff refresher training sessions are an annual activity. They are organized by the Advocacy and Training Department in collaboration with other staff members and associates of the organization. We organize the trainings with a major purpose in mind: that is to continuously strengthen the capacities of staff members to contribute to the realization of our vision and mission.
This year, training took place at our Kampala liaison office and in Ntinda. In attendance were staff from Kampala and Soroti office. We were privileged to have among us two of our Board Members (Margaret and Jane) who are lovingly referred to as “mamas” of TERREWODE.
The training was presided over by two great friends and volunteers of our organization, Ms Zitta Agnes, a teacher and Ms. Peris Wakesho from Ashoka East Africa.
The highly interactive sessions lasted for 2 days and among the topics discussed were qualities of a good employee, job management, professionalism at work, factors that keep employees at work, Job commitment, how to persist at your place of work and last but not least, rights and duties of employees discussed by the Executive Director of TERREWODE.
OBSTETRIC FISTULA CAMPS-HOW WE DO IT
For over a decade now, TERREWODE has concentrated her efforts on the fight against obstetric fistula using her self designed holistic approach of prevention, treatment and social reintegration of fistula survivors. The Organization has been at the forefront of lobbying and advocating for increased access to treatment by all fistula women at all levels. As a result, the Ministry of Health, UNFPA and other partners have joined forces with TERREWODE to organize for fistula treatment camps at selected Regional Hospitals that include; Mbale, Moroto, Soroti, Mulago and Lira.
Creating partnerships with Districts
Before we embark on mobilizing patients from their communities to come to the treatment camps, we first attain a partnership between our organization and the target district. Our representative (s) meets with the District leaders like the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), District Health Officer (DHO) and the Distict Community Development Officer (DCDO). The organization is provided with requirements that are needed by the district for registration; these include Organization’s constitution, Organization’s profile, Organization’s project documents, Report on previous activities, a box file, Post Office number and a registration fee. Upon submission of these requirements, a certificate signed by the DCDO and CAO is issued meaning that the organization can carry out its activities with full support of the District technocrats.
TERREWODE’s holistic fistula model aims at creating a vibrant grassroot based social network of volunteers who comprise of women community groups, community based volunteers, retired professionals, village health teams, students, and among others survivors of rights violation drama groups. These are our focal people in the community and we constantly offer them training in our thematic areas. They are equipped with knowledge of identifying patients and referring them to our organization where their treatment is facilitated. Since the patients are in most cases very poor, the community often steps in and aids there transportation costs which are refunded upon arrival at the hospital by the organization
Patients’ stay at the Hospital
Patients are given a date when the Hospital is ready to receive them. A team of TERREWODE staff is always stationed at the hospital ready to welcome and guide them. They (patients) are then admitted in the fistula ward and are screened to verify whether they are suffering from fistula or other complications. Those that truly have fistula remain in the ward and await repair by the Fistula surgeon. Patients with other complications are referred to other hospital departments were there issues can be medically addressed. During the fistula patients stay in the ward, TERREWODE offers them counseling services and also takes case studies from them. On a weekly basis, they are provided with upkeep money and given items like soap, sugar, tea leaves, bread, fruits and others required for sustaining their living at the hospital.