Asteroidea met with this extraordinarily gifted and motivated team in July 2015 to observe their clinic operations, to discuss the specific barriers their communities face from accessing quality health care, and to collaborate with them on determining the resources necessary for overcoming them. Asteroidea also collaborated with NUMEM to help form the organization's strategic plan, an important roadmap that will guide them towards their vision for development and expansion of healthcare services to the people of northern Uganda.
WHY NORTHERN UGANDA?
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Thoughts from NUMEM co-founders:
“...NUMEM is a part of me. I can't leave it and I am here to do everything possible - to watch and see it grow...I can see the future days when it will be better and I want to be there when it does.”
Taabu Geofrey, clinical officer and co-founder of NUMEM, July 2015 (shown left)
The need is great.
"In this district of Pader, not only Pader but in entire Northern Uganda, we lack medical officers and that is one other factor that motivates us more to go and further our studies... in all of northern Uganda we do not have an orthopedic surgeon. And it’s my dream at one point I will become an orthopedic surgeon so that I can come and fill the gap here in the community."
- Atiya Patrick Kasagara, clinical officer and co-founder of NUMEM, July 2015, (shown right)
“I am Oyet Patrick Abwola, a chairperson in the Board of Directors for NUMEM. In the month of December 2012, we registered NUMEM as a community based organization with its head office in Pader district in northern Uganda, with the aim of seeking to improve the livelihood of the people of northern Uganda by providing them with access to quality, affordable and specialized health care services.
Our enthusiasm of serving our people who were only few years from the internally displaced camps, who were suffering from malaria, intestinal worms, tuberculosis, dysentery, open wounds broken legs and arms and many others, did not take place immediately, due to the fact that we had very little funding from individual board members who had just qualified from clinical school. However, the determination and spirit of togetherness kept us strong until the month of March 2013, when we officially opened the clinic.
Coming in to partnership with Asteroidea Health Alliance in 2015 became a game changer in many aspect for us board members of NUMEM and the community of Pader at large.”
Oyet Patrick, clinical officer and NUMEM co-founder, July 2018, (shown left with young patient)