(Source: The College of Medicine of Malawi Feb 15 2007)
The current cost to maintain Somba Health Clinic and Maternity Wing is around £70,000 anually. This is always expected to rise due to inflation and the 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. Over the last 8 years we have been providing free consultations and treatments.
Access to health care facilities within Somba were scarce and over subscribed before we established the Clinic. With the nearest clinics located 30km to the west and north of the 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 distances and terrain does not lend to easy travel to access basic healthcare.
Our healthcare focus involves the adoption of health clinics. 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.
To further improve and extend the healthcare facilities available, we have a maternity wing adjacent to the existing clinic. Construction of the building has been completed and the clinic now has a consistent electricity supply to allow us to operate 24 hours a day, power equipment and allow patients to stay overnight. The cost for the electricity line to reach the clinic was £8,000 alone.