The House of Joy Clinic began as a vision to provide quality medical care to people who can't afford to receive treatment at an established clinic.
Okoa believes that all people - no matter their socioeconomic status - should have access to a lab, a trained medical professional and a full pharmacy.
In partnership with the friends and family of Cailyn Nelson and some really talented medical professionals and volunteers, the House of Joy Medical Center opened in July 2017. Since its opening, it has become a beacon of light and care in Kayirikiti Village.
So...what sets HOJ apart?
The first step toward physical healing is caring for someone on a mental and spiritual level. Loving, caring nurses and a clinical officer who actually listens are just a few of the ways that Okoa ensures every patient feels valued. HOJ staff begin each day in prayer together for the clinic as a whole and for each of the patients.
Proper diagnosis is imperative to proper treatment. This type of diagnosis would not be possible with out operating laboratory equipment. Okoa refuses to treat without a real diagnosis. The investment into the lab equipment has ensured that the quality of care is above standard.
Unfortunately most clinics in our area do not carry fully stocked pharmacies. A patient might go to receive treatment, but be sent elsewhere for the actual drugs. This leads to prolonged illness and noncompliance. Okoa maintains a fully stocked pharmacy in order to not only cater to the needs of the village, but also to ensure that the best care can be provided to patients.
Quality dental care is one of the hardest things to find in Masaka. Most of the time, when you visit a dentist, he/she resorts to extracting teeth rather than filling them. Okoa's highly trained dentist and high-tech equipment allow the clinic to offer specialized dental care at affordable costs!
As with all of Okoa's projects, the clinic keeps a close eye on the real needs of the surrounding village. The clinic's goal is to be the hands and feet of Jesus in all of the services that are provided. This includes listening to the patients and providing the care and services that they need. In 2017 the House of Joy was able to purchase a neighboring structure to be used for future expansion. Thus far, the building is not being utilized by the clinic, but plans are being formed regarding its potential use as a center for antenatal care and the treatment of malnourished babies.
Are you a medical professional, a medical administrator or any other sort of individual who has an interest in medical things?
Do you have a desire to come and serve on a short term trip at The House of Joy Medical Center? If so, click the link below and fill out the trip application form.
Dates for medical trips are different each year. Once your application is received, an Okoa staff member will be in touch with you regarding upcoming medical dates!