Saving Lives at The Mutaba Health Clinic
Previously there was…
The community had been trying to establish a clinic since 1997. They were dedicated to making the clinic a reality and had already partially completed a small building to accommodate visits from a mobile maternal child health team. Babies were weighed by hanging scales from the branches of the tree and there were 0 full time medical staff. Patients travelled 5km to Chawama Clinic.
The area the clinic serves is large, providing health services for 11,000 people. It also now receives support from the Ministry of Health including trained staff, medical supplies and equipment.
What we did with your support…
We built a new health clinic comprising a 230 sqm outpatients facility connected to a 75sqm maternity unit.
The clinic was designed with a logical flow of patients in mind. Starting with registration followed by consultation, treatment and pharmacy. We also included a generous, covered waiting area.
After talking to the local women we decided to locate the maternity ward in a separate building, away from the hustle of the main clinic. The layout of the maternity ward provides a calm, spacious environment for women before, during and after delivery. 38 babies have been delivered at the clinic in 2018 as of August.
In 2017 a total of 10,799 individuals made use of the clinic!
The Under 5s clinic has around 50/60 consultations each week.
The ‘ART’ lab was established in 2018 with USAID money funding to serve those who are diagnosed with HIV. Of those tested at the clinic, 8/10 individuals are found HIV positive, meaning this expansion is invaluable.
20 young people now have new skills and new opportunities. After our 2017 independent impact study, we have found that 80% of our graduate trainees are active in construction in some way or another a year after their training.
Since we left…
The Mutaba Health Clinic owns the entire plot, leaving room for further expansion.