Second Building to Expand the Dareda Kati Dispensary into a Health Center
Our current major health goal is to provide access to a health center for all Ayalagaya ward residents within a 30 minute taxi ride. The current dispensary offers a very limited set of healthcare services including dispensing medication, family planning, maternity visits and delivery for 2nd children or later, vaccinations, diagnosis and treatment of common ailments… A health center has substantially more services than the current dispensary including the ability to treat acute injuries like broken bones, use x rays or other equipment for proper diagnosis, deliver a mother’s first child, perform minor surgeries, etc. The first building we constructed is the maternity ward. The 2nd is this outpatient building. The completion of these two buildings will allow us to already expand healthcare services. The government (who assigns and pays the medical staff) has promised additional staff and equipment to be assigned in early 2022 as we gear up towards the full range of health center services as construction continues. This facility will not only support Ayalagaya ward residents, but also residents in neighboring wards totaling up to 50,000 people!
We did not ask the community to contribute to the cost of this project as we asked so much of them in 2021, however, thousands of community members showed up anyway to dig the foundation (see banner photo above)! They completed in 3 hours what we would have paid dozens of workers to do over 3 days.
Here you can see construction progress overtime:
- Expands medical services to 50,000 residents in Ayalagaya and neighboring wards
- Karimu cost - $66,700
- Community contribution - $175