Robert Kalyesubula grew up as an orphan struggling to survive the hardships of daily life in Uganda. Despite all barriers, he achieved his dream of becoming a medical doctor. Beyond that, Robert has initiated a number of projects focused on improving health care access. Robert founded the African Community Center for Social Sustainability (ACCESS), formerly called Nakaseke Community Development Initiative (NACODI) and set up a rural health clinic in 2003 to treat critically ill individuals and those suffering from HIV/AIDS. Since then, he has helped over 6,000 patients and set up a community nurse training program. Robert sees the value in approaching health in an integrated and holistic manner. Accordingly, his projects also consist of providing vulnerable families with income generation projects, creating food security, and providing health awareness education. Robert’s vision is to create a fully self-sustainable program using his integrated health care model and implement it across Uganda.
Total Lives Improved: 26,344
- Provided medical care and education for over 6,000 HIV/AIDS patients in isolated communities
- Trained 183 youth nurses and volunteers in remote home care
- Offered 93 vulnerable families free access to a plot of land with corn and pigs
- Built a school and provided funds to cover school fees for 68 orphans
- Provided health awareness education via theater plays for over 20,000 people
- Collaborated with Sawa World, MEDWISH International, LinkedIn, the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, and Partners for ACCESS (PFA) to import medical supplies to support over 6,000 patients in Nakaseke and beyond