Zambian Health Centre
For the people of Kambobe and the surrounding Mporokoso area in Northern Zambia, access to health care services is extremely difficult. People in urgent need of medical care have to walk up to 30 kilometres (taking between 6-9 hours) in order to access health care at the closest Township Clinic. Due to a very limited number of health personnel many patients are then forced to wait over 12 hours, or even days, in a queue to be attended to.
To help the people of Kambobe and Mporokoso, HealthPost has chosen use the Better World donation programme to work with World Vision to help build a new health centre (coincidentally called a Health Post) in Kambobe. This will directly contribute to improved healthcare, including maternal, new-born and child health, by reducing the number of kilometres patients have to walk to access health care services. The Zambian Government has agreed to support the Health Centre on an ongoing basis by providing staff, medical supplies and technical assistance.
We're excited to report that the new Health Centre in Mporokoso, Zambia, is nearing completion! See the updates from World Vision below.
“The community of Kambobe sends you warm greetings as they celebrate the near completion of their health post, incinerator and one VIP latrine. The structures are a marvel to the eyes of the people who, for a long time, are subjected to walking over 30km to access medical treatment.
The contractor engaged in the construction of a health post, incinerator and VIP latrine is doing a fantastic job. Our partners from the District Medical Office and the District Works Supervisor are satisfied with the workmanship and have certified the structures as meeting government standards.
There is also steady progress being made on the staff house which has now reached ring beam level. After another four courses of brick work, the structure will be ready for plastering and roofing. This will happen in the next two months or so, depending on funding."
Front and back elevation of the health post at Kambobe.
The inside of the health post showing the ceiling and shelves.
The completed Incinerator.
The completed VIP (ventilated irrigated pit) Latrine.
The Staff house in the construction phase.
"Following HealthPost’s generous commitment to fundraise the remaining capital for the Mporokoso Health Centre, we are very proud to show the latest construction. We are now well on our way to having an incinerator (essential for managing medical waste and keeping a hygienic environment, plus the VIP (ventilated irrigated pit) latrine which is nearing completion and the very important staff accomodation. The supplies for roofing and painting materials are almost with us so the process of roofing the structures commences tomorrow. Our community is hugely excited."
A health post at plastering stage awaiting roofing and painting. Mothers, fathers and children are eager to see it completed and operational.
Left to right: Incinerator is in its final stages of construction. Soon all medical waste will be disposed of efficiently. The VIP latrine, soon to be roofed.
The staff house is also under construction – things are looking very good for our community, thanks to HealthPost New Zealand and their support of our Health Post .
"Construction is going very well! The excavation of the site has been completed, the borehole that will provide the clinic with fresh water has been drilled, construction of the VIP (Ventilated Improved Pit) latrine is underway, and the project is on task to be completed within the agreed timeframe."
Left to right: Mporokoso Area Development Programme Manager helps out with the building of the box in readiness for the slab. Construction of the Ventilated Improved Pit Latrine is also underway, and looking impressive!
Left to right: It was a lot of fun operating the compactor. We are on course! The excavation works are nearing completion. The contractor thinks they will complete the project within scope, timeframe and on budget.
The borehole for fresh water has been drilled and is awaiting mechanisation.
"Following HealthPost’s generous commitment to fundraise the remaining capital for the Mporokoso Health Centre, preliminary activities have begun and the local community are incredibly excited! They have heard about the vision for the Centre from a Ministry of Health representative, they have helped to clear the site, and prospective contractors have been briefed."
Clockwise from left: A representative from the Ministry of Health shares the vision for the Health Centre at a community meeting. Community members clear the site to make way for the construction of the Health Centre to begin. World Vision’s Development Manager shares notes with prospective contractors during a visit to the site.