TUSEKELEMO MEDICAL CENTRE, "HAPPY," IN BEMBA
ABOUT THE PROJECT
In 2009, we were introduced to the Tusekelemo Medical Centre in Zambia. Tusekelemo means "happy" in Bemba, and the centre is based in M’kushi in the Central Province. M’kushi is situated on the main road linking the port of Dar es Salaam and Zambia, thus Tusekelemo often finds itself called upon in emergency cases. Before the clinic opened, the poor quality of care available, combined with shortages of resources, resulted in an inability to deal with common and easily treatable ailments. Options available outside the area involved travelling to either the Copperbelt, 200 kilometres away, or to Lusaka 300 kilometres distant, with the nearest reputable pharmaceutical outlet being in Kabwe, 140 kilometres away.
Tusekelemo Community Medical Centre opened its doors in 2001 with a doctor and a small staff component. It has since been built up and equipped by donations and hard work. It started in a small way, but as confidence grew and more equipment became available, the cases diversified and some challenging surgery has been successfully performed in the small operating theatre.
Tusekelemo has provided first referral level health care in the following areas: - outpatient care, emergency, maternity, as well as in-patient care for general surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics. Laboratory services available provide a range of diagnostic tests. An X-ray room is available but only equipped with a small potable X-ray machine. There has been some outreach into the community with the aim of providing remote areas with health education and clinics away from the centre. The ethos of the clinic and the principles observed in its relationship with patients are commitment to quality, cost-effectiveness, Christian ideals, continuous learning, respect and focus on the patient.
HOW WE HELPED
AidFAN built a relationship with Dr Malokota M.D. MPH, MScGH, who sat on the board for Tusekelemo and was our primary contact in Zambia.
He informed us of the needs of TMC (Tusekelemo Medical Centre).
We helped to provide some medical equipment and supplies to further the good work they do.
2009/10 AidFAN ZAMBIA | RAFFLE
Our goal for 2009 was to raise at least £5,000 in order for us to be registered by the Charity Commission and so that we could purchase four wheelchairs for the clinic in M’kushi, Zambia. At the request of Tusekelemo we changed the order to two wheelchairs, a pair of crutches and other medical equipment which was needed urgently for the clinic.
We also managed to raise £1,100 through the raffle and donations.
• Most Zambians live below the recognised national poverty line
• An estimated 10% of Zambian adults are HIV positive
• Malaria, rabies, schistosomiasis and hepatitis A are some of the most infectious diseases in Zambia
• Most children leave school after year 7, when fees must be paid
• Zambia holds two of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in Africa
• The currency is the Zambian kwacha (ZMK)
• GDP (PPP) per capita is $1,482 (2008 estimate)