Health

ASTCF Primary Health Care Program” is an innovative, grassroots approach to addressing rural healthcare and public health in Uganda.

It's goal is to improve the provision of healthcare and of preventative health education to under served populations across rural tourism focal Districts of Uganda. ASTCF Primary Health Care Program targets the primary health risks of theses regions at a village-by-village level, in partnership with the District Health Office, the Sub-County officials, and the local Health Center staff.
Through the ASTCF Primary Health Care Program, we work at a village-by-village level to address the most pressing healthcare concerns of each community: malaria, HIV/STIs, household sanitation and hygiene practices (which includes latrine coverage), and family planning access. We partner with community based organizations, non-governmental organizations, international and national interns, volunteers, and government officials ranging from the district to the village level.

In each of our Health Care Program, we:

  • Create and train Village Health Teams (VHTs) which function as a community’s initial healthcare contact style
  • Provide preventative education and workshops on healthcare issue such as malaria, hygiene and sanitation, eye care, family planning and obstetric fistula.
  • Bring access to preventative healthcare such as STI/HIV testing and family planning options.
  • Collaborate with local partners to create referral networks whereby VHT members and health centers alert ASTCF if a patient requires care beyond local capacity (such as obstetric fistula repair), and ASTCF coordinates services through camps or at a specialty site.
  • Distribute malaria nets (subsidized by ASTCF so as to be affordable) to village households, both through direct sales and through setting up supply chains using the VHT.