Jun 03,2013

Chansu Health Clinic, 2011

Many people in the Nchute area of Zambia had to walk 8 hours to get to their closest health clinic. Health facilities are limited in Zambia, where a staggering 48 newborns and 8 women die during childbirth every day.

Build It worked with the local community in Nchute and the Ministry of Health for Chongwe District to build a new health post, which has improved access to health services for over 2,500 people. It is operated by the Ministry of Health and provides all basic primary care facilities, services for under-fives and pregnant women together with a small maternity ward, which is due to open soon. It serves as a base for outreach work in public health and soon maternal child health.

A brand new design was used with input from the local community and a specialist architect. One key feature is the separation of the small maternity unit from the main out-patients. This will give pregnant women greater privacy when it is opened.

The clinic has been operating since June 2013 and was officially opened and renamed Chansu Health Clinic in September 2013.