St. Joseph's Home Care  

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St. Joseph’s Home Care (SJHC) is a department of St. Paramount Hospital. That was established by Sr. Mary in June 1995 to primarily decongest the hospital clinics of HIV patients. The main beneficiaries are the poor women and children living with HIV, their families and the communities in central districts of; Kampala, Mukono, Wakiso and Mpigi. With HIV prevalence of 8.5% among adults of population of 4,000,000 people. SJHC’s overall objective is; to provide with love holistic Home-Based Care quality services to HIV/AIDS infected and affected persons that delight them, their families and communities.

Through its holistic HIV services delivery facility-based and Home-Based services, and support with various community linkages; over 14,600 patients and their families have been served since inception. SJHC has a total of 6,931 (460 adolescents)patients on anti-retroviral drugs. The total number of adolescents includes those not yet eligible for ARVs is 580. SJHC provides these adolescents with free medical care including ARVs, nutrition support during clinic visits, educational support in form fees for primary education and apprenticeship training, entrepreneurship skills training and startup capital for their families. SJHC created an adolescent clinic that runs on Fridays; it runs a monthly Adolescent voice Newsletter that has contributed experience sharing. Human resource capacity built; 45 youth, 17 couples and 20 adolescents trained as trainers of trainees and staff in programming. SJHC initiated the “expert patients” model 10 years ago with 50 Community Volunteers who compliment health service delivery at SJHC. The organization has addressed behavior change beyond AB for the youth and couples; over 2,000 youth and over 834 couples have been trained using the Value of Life and Faithful House curriculum respectively. SJHC Has two clinics: 1. The HIV/AIDs Clinic and 2. The TB Clinic Services offered at SJHC 1. HIV/AIDS treatment 2. VCT 3. Out Patient 4. Home Visiting 5. Laboratory 6. Psycho social SJHC Has a fully fledged satellite clinic at Mukono meant to serve the MARPs at the landing sites around the lake and an outreach clinic (conducted every Thursday) at Christ St.Karoli church,bugolombi sub parish. Units in SJHC 1. Administration unit 2. Medical Unit 3. M&E / Data Unit 4. Psycho-social Unit 5. Nursing Unit 6. Counseling Unit 7. Laboratory Unit 8. Pharmacy Unit 9. Community Volunteers’ unit.

LABORATORY  

St. Joseph's training centre ---- study to be approved

The laboratory uses a Point of Care diagnosis which is fast and therefore helps reduce turn-around time and improves telemedicine. The improvement in the technological systems has enabled quality, timely and reliable diagnostic reports. The laboratory is further divided into sub-sections, namely:
Histopathology
Histopathology refers to the microscopic examination of tissue in order to study the manifestations of disease. Specifically, in clinical medicine, histopathology refers to the examination of a biopsy or surgical specimen by a pathologist, after the specimen has been processed and histological sections have been placed onto glass slides.
Molecular biology;
Molecular biology is the branch of biology that deals with the molecular basis of biological activity. This field overlaps with other areas of biology and chemistry, particularly genetics and biochemistry. Molecular biology chiefly concerns itself with understanding the interactions between the various systems of a cell, including the interactions between the different types of DNA, RNA and protein biosynthesis as well as learning how these interactions are regulated.
Immunology.
Immunology is a branch of biomedical science that covers the study of all aspects of the immune system in all organisms. It deals with the physiological functioning of the immune system in states of both health and diseases; malfunctions of the immune system in immunological disorders (autoimmune diseases, hypersensitivities, immune deficiency, transplant rejection); the physical, chemical and physiological characteristics of the components of the immune system in vitro, in situ and in vivo. Immunology has applications in several disciplines of science, and as such is further divided.
Microbiology;
Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, either unicellular (single cell), multicellular (cell colony), or acellular (lacking cells). Microbiology encompasses numerous sub-disciplines including virology, mycology, parasitology, and bacteriology.
Biochemistry;
Biochemistry, sometimes called biological chemistry, is the study of chemical processes within and relating to living organisms. By controlling information flow through biochemical signaling and the flow of chemical energy through metabolism, biochemical processes give rise to the complexity of life. Over the last 40 years, biochemistry has become so successful at explaining living processes that now almost all areas of the life sciences from botany to medicine are engaged in biochemical research. Today, the main focus of pure biochemistry is in understanding how biological molecules give rise to the processes that occur within living cells, which in turn relates greatly to the study and understanding of whole organisms.
Clinical chemistry (also known as chemical pathology, clinical biochemistry or medical biochemistry) is the area of clinical pathology that is generally concerned with analysis of bodily fluids.

Blood transfusion;
Transfusion medicine (or transfusiology) is the branch of medicine that is concerned with the transfusion of blood and blood components. The blood bank is the section of the clinical laboratory where medical technologists process and distribute blood products under the supervision of a medical director, often certified in Pathology or Transfusion Medicine.
Hematology;
Hematology, also spelled haematology or hæmatology, is the study of blood, the blood-forming organs, and blood diseases. Hematology includes the study of etiology, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and prevention of blood diseases that affect the production of blood and its components, such as blood cells, hemoglobin, blood proteins, and the mechanism of coagulation. The laboratory work that goes into the study of blood is frequently performed by a medical technologist. Hematologists also conduct studies in oncology #8211; the medical treatment of cancer.
Cytology;
The medical and scientific study of cells. Cytology refers to a branch of pathology, the medical specialty that deals with making diagnoses of diseases and conditions through the examination of tissue samples from the body.
Cytologic examinations may be performed on body fluids (examples are blood, urine, and cerebrospinal fluid) or on material that is aspirated (drawn out via suction into a syringe) from the body. Cytology also can involve examinations of preparations that are scraped or washed (irrigated with a sterile solution) from specific areas of the body.

Immunohistochemistry;

Immunohistochemistry or IHC refers to the process of detecting antigens (e.g., proteins) in cells of a tissue section by exploiting the principle of antibodies binding specifically to antigens in biological tissues. IHC takes its name from the roots #8220;immuno," in reference to antibodies used in the procedure, and #8220;histo," meaning tissue.
Research(Students);
This involves student research as well as general hospital laboratory research.