Just £35 provides treatment for 12 people at the Health Clinic and supports 1 patient at the Maternity Clinic!
The current cost to maintain the clinic is £25,000 each year. This is expected to rise due to inflation and increasing number of patients. Health services across Malawi are either scarce or of poor standard. This leads to illnesses being treated too late to cure and in some instances not treated at all and leading to death.
Access to health care facilities within Somba were scarce before we established the Somba Clinic and oversubscribed with the nearest clinics located 30km to the west in Mangochi (Maromba clinic) and 25km to the North at a Catholic clinic People were forced to travel distances as far as 20-40 km to access basic health facilities before we initiated the Somba Clinic. Not only are such facilities very remote but the terrain does not lend to easy travel for patients who only resort to clinics in times of dire need.
The aim of this project is to maintain the health clinic in Somba.
1 doctor for every 100,000 people, the lowest figure for any country covered by the UN’s Human Development report.
(Source: The College of Medicine of Malawi Feb 15 2007)
Our healthcare focus involves the adoption of health clinics. In many cases the nearest clinic is miles away. Malawi has serious social, economical and health problems due to inadequate financing of health services. This has lead to poor standards of hygiene and spread of diseases.
- Free treatment for all. Approximately the clinic benefits 3,000 patients monthly (out of which 12% are treated for HIV and 52% are treated for Malaria)
- Dispensary – Fully stocked with necessary medication required for common illnesses like Malaria, Typhoid, Tuberculosis, Bilharzia and HIV treatment.
- HIV Testing and Counseling- Advisors equip individuals and couples with information on prevention and healthy lifestyles.
- Recognition from the Ministry of Health who carry out their own under 5 clinics from the clinics – This service is to monitor children and provide them with important vaccines and immunisations.
- Together with the Ministry of Health, the clinics carry out vaccination programs such as DPT 1/2/3, Polio 0/1/2/3, Measles vaccine, TTV, Anti meningitis vaccines as well as administration of Vitamin A.
- Availability of important medicines to treat local conditions.
- The preferred clinic for the under-privileged.
- Provide a nutritional program to help malnourished children
- Supplementary Feeding Program – A project that aims to prevent individuals with malnutrition disorder developing severe acute malnutrition.
Maternity Wing finally here
To further improve the healthcare facilities available, we have now opened a maternity wing adjacent to the existing clinic. Construction of the building has been completed. With health centres being distant from many villages plus local transport difficulties, many expecting mothers deliver at home or enroute to health facilities. The cost to run this annually is an additional £43,000 approximately.
Statistics below show Malawi’s healthcare for child birth:
- Each year, nearly 21,000 mothers lose their babies
- 1,120 mothers and 4,200 babies die for every 100,000 live births
- 44% of all deliveries are outside healthcare facilities! In the UK the figure is 0.005%
Due to the remote location of the clinic, presently there is no electricity in the centre and the clinical services are conducted during the daylight hours. The local Electric supply company ESCOM has quoted us a figure of approximately £9,000 to have the clinic electrified. This is mainly due to the cost of material and outreach. The electrification is essential, as this will allow us to operate longer hours, power equipment, allow for patients to stay overnight and also be able to open the maternity unit.
New Health Clinics
We are also looking to adopt and construct other health clinics but this will depend on the funds that we are able to raise.
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We guarantee 100% of your donations will reach their intended target. The charity operates on a voluntary basis ensuring our costs are kept to a minimum. The set-up, operating, admin and marketing costs are met by the trustees, supporters and some from the gift aid contributions.