Indeed with Hardship comes Ease

Somba Health Clinic and Maternity Wing in Malawi

Donation Goal For This Project is £58,000
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Just £35 provides general treatment for 15 people and provides 1 patient care at the NEW Maternity wing!



Project Benefits:

Drop of Compassion are currently operating a clinic in Somba which is in the Mangochi district. The clinic supports approximately 3,000 people per month across 15 villages (out of which 12% are treated for HIV and 52% are treated for Malaria). A new edition is the maternity wing which operates 24 hours a day and approximately 120 patients receive maternity care every month.


Project Introduction

The current cost to maintain the clinic is £26,000 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)



The Problem

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.


Clinic benefits:
  1. 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)
  2. Dispensary – Fully stocked with necessary medication required for common illnesses like Malaria, Typhoid, Tuberculosis, Bilharzia and HIV treatment.
  3. HIV Testing and Counseling- Advisors equip individuals and couples with information on prevention and healthy lifestyles.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Availability of important medicines to treat local conditions.
  7. The preferred clinic for the under-privileged.
  8. Provide a nutritional program to help malnourished children
  9. Supplementary Feeding Program – A project that aims to prevent individuals with malnutrition disorder developing severe acute malnutrition.


New Beginnings:
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%


Maternity Wing finally here:
  • With health centres being distant from many villages plus local transport difficulties, many expectant mothers deliver at home or en-route to health facilities.To further improve the healthcare facilities available, we have opened a maternity wing adjacent to the existing clinic. Construction of the building has been completed and the clinic now has an electricity supply too. This allows us to operate 24 hours a day, power equipment and allow patients to stay overnight.
  • On average 120 patients receive maternity care every month.
  • The annual cost of running the maternity wing is approximately £32,000.


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.


100% Donation, No Deductions!

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.