Lugei Foundation Is a registered Nonprofit organization in Uganda. It aims at improving lives of marginalized and most vulnerable populations through integrated and community driven solutions based on scientific evidence, innovation, creativity and multidisciplinary partnerships in a compassionate environment. This is done through linking health service providers, health consumers and key stakeholders such as government and other civil societies such as national organization of people living with hepatitis B in Uganda (NOLPHB) , hepatitis AIDS organization and great lakes peace center to improve access and quality 0f hepatitis care through training , education
research and advocacy clinical and preventive interventions such as health promotion services through lugei health centre project and the social media platforms such as Facebook, lugei foundation watsup hepatitis advocacy platform, Twitter handle, Instagram platforms and Tiktok platforms targeting vulnerable communities and the general population. A community oriented primary care model (COPC) model and the point of care facility approach are the critical intervention approaches used.
Uganda is highly endemic for viral hepatitis B and C with a prevalence of 4.1% for Hepatitis B among Adults aged 15 to 64 years in a survey by the Uganda population based HIV impact assessment (UPHIA) and estimate of 1% to 2% with no study done.
The UPHIA survey further indicates that chronic hepatitis B infection prevalence varies across the country with the highest rates in Northern region with 4.6% , in Mid-North 4.4% North-East 4.4% West Nile- 3.8% where most of our hepatitis activities are currently running including supporting one of the viral hepatitis B clinic at the District General Hospital koboko. East Central – 2.7%, Mid- East 2.1% Central 2.0% kampala 1.9% ( our head office is located) , Mid- west 1.8% , Central 1.6% and the lowest in southwest at 0.8%
Our hepatitis activities are aligned to the ministry of Health Uganda guidelines and the national hepatitis strategic plan , the hepatitis Control activities include: testing and screening of the general population and the communities around using a model of outreaches and facility based approach, advocacy and community sensitization, Awareness raising and commemoration 0f the world Hepatitis Day every 28th July of every year, technical support supervision through ministry of Health spaces, linkage to care of whose who tested positive, Hepatitis vaccination and mass campaigns involvement, Hepatitis training, mentorship and member of the national technical working group viral hepatitis in Uganda
The foundation is currently supporting the Hepatitis B clinic at Koboko General Hospital and continues to run the Annual Hepatitis Medical camp in Koboko District in Uganda that targets urban settled south sudanese refugees and Congolese refugees in Koboko, Maracha and Yumbe Districts.