JCK Clinic in Uganda

Outreach Model

In 2011, Dr. Gervase and Dr. Kelly built the infrastructure needed to start a medical clinic in a rural area of Kabale, Uganda. The Clinic now has a full service laboratory, diagnostic ultrasound, pharmacy, minor surgery suite, 6 beds for outpatient consultation and 6 inpatient beds for treatment of malaria and other serious tropical diseases. In 2013, in response to the 20+ mile walk rural villagers had to make to seek treatment, the clinic embarked on a psychiatric outreach program to those rural villages. In 2014, the JCK Foundation formally partnered with the Clinic to help fund that outreach program. The first thing Dr. Gervase and his team did was recruit and teach local village health workers how to identify and mobilize villagers who needed treatment. It's been the key of the program since. Learn more about the outreach model below.

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Mental Health Literacy Project

Summary

Main Objective

Psychiatric outreach to rural villages in Kabale, Uganda.

Amount Awarded

$8,000 annually

Data Collection

Prompted by a 2012 World Health Organization study of the state of mental health in Uganda, Dr. Gervase and his team began to visit villages that had never been touched by formalized medical care. They began by documenting mental health disorders in 9 buckets. In their first year, 2066 cases were diagnosed. This past year, 4,000 were treated at a cost of $3.87 per patient.

The Team

The JCK Clinic was originally the idea of Dr. Centinery Gervase and Dr. Stephen Kelly. Dr. Gervase, a native born Kabale resident with strong connections to the local community, is the Medical Director. He's assisted by his wife, Evelayne, who is a midwife at the Clinic. The mental health team now consists of one government trained psychiatric nurse, one medical officer, two facilitators, and village health workers. The clinic is operated exclusively by local Ugandans.

Future with the JCK Clinic

We'll continue to give quarterly contributions to the JCK Clinic to provide psychiatric outreach programs to rural villages in the Kabale region of Uganda. Dr. Kelly evaluates new initiatives around the region on a rolling basis. Chris Grillo, who stayed at the Clinic for 9 months in 2014, is going back this spring hoping to find new ways to measure progress and reach more villagers on a more regular basis.

Let's Go Deeper

We don't have to be in Uganda. There are a lot of things to fund right here in our hometowns, and we do that too. But there's a John Kelly in every town. We don't need a research grant to tell us that. We'll continue our work in Uganda and help Dr. Gervase connect with qualified volunteers to expand their mission. Dr. Kelly visits every year. John Tessitore and CJ Fleming visited in 2016 and John Kelly's college buddy, Chris Grillo stayed for 9 months in 2014. He kept a journal titled Into the Pearl. You can find selected excerpts below. He's going back this spring.

Chris Grillo's Blog from Uganda

JCK Clinic in Uganda

Summary

Main Objective

Psychiatric outreach to rural villages in Kabale, Uganda.

Amount Awarded

$8,000 annually

Data Collection

Prompted by a 2012 World Health Organization study of the state of mental health in Uganda, Dr. Gervase and his team began to visit villages that had never been touched by formalized medical care. They began by documenting mental health disorders in 9 buckets. In their first year, 2066 cases were diagnosed. This past year, 4,000 were treated at a cost of $3.87 per patient.

The Team

The JCK Clinic was originally the idea of Dr. Centinery Gervase and Dr. Stephen Kelly. Dr. Gervase, a native born Kabale resident with strong connections to the local community, is the Medical Director. He's assisted by his wife, Evelayne, who is a midwife at the Clinic. The mental health team now consists of one government trained psychiatric nurse, one medical officer, two facilitators, and village health workers. The clinic is operated exclusively by local Ugandans.

Future with the JCK Clinic

We'll continue to give quarterly contributions to the JCK Clinic to provide psychiatric outreach programs to rural villages in the Kabale region of Uganda. Dr. Kelly evaluates new initiatives around the region on a rolling basis. Chris Grillo, who stayed at the Clinic for 9 months in 2014, is going back this spring hoping to find new ways to measure progress and reach more villagers on a more regular basis.

Outreach Model

In 2011, Dr. Gervase and Dr. Kelly built the infrastructure needed to start a medical clinic in a rural area of Kabale, Uganda. The Clinic now has a full service laboratory, diagnostic ultrasound, pharmacy, minor surgery suite, 6 beds for outpatient consultation and 6 inpatient beds for treatment of malaria and other serious tropical diseases. In 2013, in response to the 20+ mile walk rural villagers had to make to seek treatment, the clinic embarked on a psychiatric outreach program to those rural villages. In 2014, the JCK Foundation formally partnered with the Clinic to help fund that outreach program. The first thing Dr. Gervase and his team did was recruit and teach local village health workers how to identify and mobilize villagers who needed treatment. It's been the key of the program since. Learn more about the outreach model below.

Let's Go Deeper

We don't have to be in Uganda. There are a lot of things to fund right here in our hometowns, and we do that too. But there's a John Kelly in every town. We don't need a research grant to tell us that. We'll continue our work in Uganda and help Dr. Gervase connect with qualified volunteers to expand their mission. Dr. Kelly visits every year. John Tessitore and CJ Fleming visited in 2016 and John Kelly's college buddy, Chris Grillo stayed for 9 months in 2014. He kept a journal titled Into the Pearl. You can find selected excerpts below. He's going back this spring.

Check Out Our Other Grant

Mental Health Literacy Project