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

Employment creation

Apart from improvements in medical care, the region benefits from newly created jobs in the clinic in the long term. Like in other regions, the persistence of unemployment presents a major challenge to residents in the districts of Ngara and aggravates the spread of disease. The construction of the clinic has created seven new jobs: A doctor, two pharmacists, one of whom is also a trained nurse, a laboratory assistant, a security guard, an accountant and a manager have found a job in our clinic. A regular income improves their own well being as well as the situation of their families. The employees can spend more money on the education of their siblings and children and thus raise educational levels in the region over time
Special thanks go to all sponsors and supporters who made the construction of the clinic possible and who have contributed to improving the local living conditions. Likewise, our cooperation partners of Kivuko e.V. in Rulenge have done an excellent job. The great vision of improving health care in Kabanga has been accomplished through their tireless commitment and perseverance. Asante sana!

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