From idea to reality
Construction of a clinic in Kabanga
Before the construction of a clinic by Kivuko e.V., there was no health care provision available for people in Kabanga, a village in about 40 kilometers distance from Rulenge. In order to receive medical treatments, the residents of Kabanga had to travel 30 kilometers to the city of Ngara. Travelling by bus is expensive and hardly manageable for someone in a poor physical condition. Before the hospital was built, there was only a pharmacy in place which charges clients about four times the normal price. Sick people consequently hesitated to go to a doctor which at extended the duration of treatment and increased treatment costs due to the advanced stage of the disease. In order to solve these issues, Kivuko e.V. initiated the construction of a clinic for outpatient treatment in Kabanga.
In May 2018, the clinic was officially opened. The hospital comprises a pharmacy, a laboratory, an examination room and a reception desk. The costs of about 25 000 Euros were completely covered by donations to Kivuko e.V.. People in Kabanga now receive basic medical care at fair prices. The treatment is free of charge for children under five and pregnant women.
Primary health care is essential
Especially after the rainy season, people are exposed to a high risk of getting infected with malaria. Mosquito nets only provide limited protection against malaria and a large proportion of the population cannot afford buying them. Every person suspected of having malaria needs to be tested as soon as possible. This applies in particular for children and elderly or weak people. Kivuko e.V. health station has facilitated access to malaria tests for people in Kabanga whilst using professional laboratory tests instead of inaccurate rapid test methods.
In case an infection has been approved, the disease can be treated immediately and efficiently with medication from the clinic’s own pharmacy. Diseases such as worm infections and typhoid fever are two other common diagnoses in the clinic. Currently, our team is working on diagnosing and treating tuberculosis. Patients with more complex clinical pictures are sent to larger hospitals in the region.
Clinic area in Kabanga