TASAAGA Musawo Clinic - Kimi Island (Lake Victoria)
TASAAGA has been serving communities in the Ssese Islands for over a decade. One of its most successful achievements was establishing and beginning operations of the first medical clinic on Kimi Island in September 2017. Prior to this clinic, Kimi Island residents and individuals from neighboring islands Myende, Bugiri, and Nsazi had to pay to travel nearly 4 hours by boat to receive medical care. Kimi island's roughly 3,000 residents and surrounding islands were unable to receive medications, children had limited access to healthcare, and women were left to give birth at home or risk the lengthy trip to a mainland hospital.
In October, 2017, just a month after the clinic opened, a fire broke out that took 4 lives and destroyed nearly every building on the island, including the Musawo Clinic. In response to this tragedy, Friends of TASAAGA held an emergency fundraising campaign raising over $6,000 in one month. These generous donations were enough to rebuild the clinic, reenforce it with aluminum siding to reduce the risk of it catching fire again, and install solar panels. The clinic houses a pharmacy, and exam, antenatal, and delivery rooms. In addition to constructing the building, Friends of TASAAGA continues to provide funding for medical staff and supplies.