Monday, May 12, 2008

...And After!

Kageno has built a beautiful new clinic and pharmacy for the Banda community. The facility houses 3 examination rooms, a laboratory and sterilization room, pharmacy and insurance office, as well as medical offices.

Throughout the month, we met with local officials, referral centers and partners to help in the creation of an operating model for the clinic. We gained approval from the government to be run as a Poste De Sante, which will allow us to accept the government Mutuelle De Sante Health Insurance. For the equivalent of 2 dollars per year, a person is covered for their clinic and hospital visits, as well as medications. They need only to pay 10% of medication costs and a minimal fee for inpatient stays. The hope is that this system will allow access to the clinic for all members of the Banda village. In addition, the community has a program enlisting those in extreme poverty on Mutuelle through a social welfare program, extending this service to those most in need.

The government will be providing nurses and laboratory staff for the hospital providing the baseline government services. In addition to this, Kageno has hired 3 motivated Community Health Workers to supplement the government services. These health workers will receive training through Partners in Health, and will provide community health education, home visits, and assist in the day to day running of the clinic.

In addition to the clinic, the clean water project and school feeding program seek to drastically improve the level of health and quality of life in Banda. Thanks to your support, large strides have been made towards this goal.

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