The clinic was built by the residents of the village with help from the District Council. It opened in 2013 and serves more than 8000 people spread over a wide area. Many are hard to reach especially in the rainy season.
One has a hand pump fitted to supply villagers living in the area.
The other will be used to provide water to the clinic and new maternity unit via a buried pipeline. Details have been agreed to use a solar powered pump to transfer the water. We expect this to be completed by autumn 2023.
We hope that the borehole supply will be sufficient to make it available also at the two schools and possibly an outlet in the centre of the village.
The 4-bed maternity unit was completed in October 2022 and opened by the popular MP for Urambo District, known locally as Mama Sitta. It will make a great difference to expectant mothers and avoid the need for many to travel 40km to Urambo Hospital by motor bike taxi.
The generosity of the anonymous FUM donors will be very much appreciated.
In Swahili the plaque reads:
"This building for giving birth to mothers, which was built with funding from FUM, was inaugurated by the Honorable Member of Parliament for Urambo Margaret Simwanza Sitta on 26-10-2022"
FUM's next aim is to improve the water supply to the clinic and maternity unit.
In October 2021 FUM received a very generous, anonymous donation that will cover the cost of building a much needed 4-bed maternity unit next to the clinic. Building work was started in 2022 after the rains had finished.
The District Council will cover the cost of the internal equipment needed.
Thanks to the success of our fundraising walks in 2021 FUM was able to fund the successful drilling of a deep borehole. This is 2.8km from the clinic so the 2022 walks will be focused on a solar powered pumping system to take the water to the clinic and maternity unit.
In 2021 the clinic used its annual £200 FUM support to buy a year's supply of gas cylinders for its vaccine fridge. This is especially necessary to prevent deterioration in the warm climate.
2017 when FUM started supporting this clinic
As well as general outpatient services the clinic provides a good range of maternity services, also Immunisation and Child Health care. HIV programmes include Testing and Counselling and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission.
Just two enrolled nurses provide these services, compared with the government recommended roll of 15 staff, so they are kept very busy. For outreach work they have support from two community health workers.
Most of the local citizens are farmers and pastoralists who grow maize, rice, groundnuts, tobacco and keep cows and goats.
The single building contains rooms for consultations, antenatal and family planning with a separate room for maternal labour and deliveries. There is a pharmacy with vaccination fridge.