Project Overview

Background

The Engeye Health Clinic is located in the town of Ddegeya southwest of the capitol, Kampala in southern Uganda. Uganda is recovering from decades of civil war, yet still struggles with violent outbreaks from the Lord's Resistance Army. In 2007, the Engeye Clinic opened its doors to aid a community in desperate need of basic healthcare. The clinic was founded after American medical students discovered a village that lacked drinking water, electricity, and healthcare. Local Ugandan healthcare workers staff the clinic full-time. In 2008, the Engeye staff contacted EWB and a partnership with EWB-MIT was formed.

The Need

The 5000 residents of Ddegeya lack a clean source of water and still use kerosene lamps. Children bear the burden of carrying water up a nearly 40 meter hill daily from the community's broken boreholes. All the water sources tested in August 2009 contain coliforms. Many villagers reported a lack of firewood, the primary cooking fuel used in Ddegeya, and are often forced to spend much of their limited income to buy fuel in order to cook food and boil water.

Engeye Clinic has limited solar power enough for a few light bulbs, but lacks basic lab equipment, such as microscopes, because of lack of power. This means that Charles and Sophie, the nurses, are unable to properly diagnose many illnesses, or understand their severity. Engeye is unable to admit patients overnight and often times must refer patients to a better equipped clinic in Masaka, Uganda, a 40 minute and $1 taxi ride away, which many villagers are unable to make.

To address these issues, EWB-MIT has organized a water team and an energy team.