I had the opportunity to help in the Health fair located in two villages in the Kibuye district in Uganda. The fair was all made thanks to the efforts of Caitlin, a volunteer in the organization I was working for, and USAID. In the Fair all the people from the near locations went and got the Malaria test and also tested for AIDS. We gave vaccines for the kids, medicines and even circumcisions to all men over 16 years old that wanted to do it. The first day was the brightest day. A lot of people went and receive all these treatments for free. A van with music came to put more live to the fair and the kids were enjoying and dancing to rhythm of the beat. I ran and danced with them.
The first day of the fair there were 53 circumcisions and some conferences about family planning and methods of sexual protection. We had to walked for an hour to get there and the sun was above us and intense. We arrived and the people wasn't there yet. We got scared that maybe the locals weren't going to arrive. But after waiting for less than an hour they came. And they were many. First, the people were shy but you approach them with a smile and they started smiling too. It didn't felt exactly like a health fair, it felt like a party. The locals were having fun and they dress in their best outfits. They danced, talked and after they were ready to do the HIV test and Malaria. I think it was a way to got out of the routine and do something new, that was the reason they dress up and it felt like a party (mostly).
The second day of the health fair was in a farther Village, it was like one hour twenty minutes walk. It was a narrow road surrounded by plants and dirt. But there, a lot of people went down to business. The "feel like party" went away and they were more interested in the actual help. The tests, the circumcisions, the medicines, the vaccines and the family planning talks. So many people, you could see a large line of locals waiting to be treated.
That was the last day of the health fair. We gave over 3000 condoms (for men and women), pills, and to the kids we gave candy. That day there were 63 circumcisions and at the end it was better than expected. The locals came next to us and said "Webale Webale" (Thank you, thank you).
It was a pleasure.