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Delivery of wheelchairs and crutches to the medical centre

AidFAN Zambia

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.

Tusekelemo Medical Centre

More photos are on our Facebook page.

About Zambia

• 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)

AidFAN Ghana

FATHER'S HOME CARE MINISTRIES

ABOUT THE PROJECT


Father's Home Care Ministries operates in the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis of the Western Region. This ministry is located at BU near Takoradi Polytechnic new campus in the Western Region of Ghana. They look after a large number of people, but with special focus on orphans, street children and vulnerable children, especially those who are enslaved in their own homes.

They currently have twenty-nine children living in the home and six children living with their relatives within the ministry, taking care of their education. Due to the increasing number of children being taken in, the ministry is expanding its facilities; they have acquired 6.84 acres of land where family unit apartments are being built to enable children to live with families to maintain the family system as Ghanaians. The ground floor has two apartments of five bedrooms being built currently. The building has reached the lintel level (above the door). Currently they are in urgent need of wood so the building can continue.

They also plan to start building a school unit which will cater for children from kindergarten to junior high school. They hope that this will enable them to provide quality education to their children as well as the children from the community in which they operate. Our contact in Ghana is the Assistant Director of Father's Home Care Ministries.

HOW WE HELPED

2010/11 AidFAN GHANA | RAISING THE ROOF

We were raising money to buy timber for buildings in Ghana. The wood was required to finish off apartments that had reached lintel level.

In April we were able to purchase £700 worth of timber.

Ghana project photos

About Ghana

• The word Ghana means "Warrior King"
• About half the population live on less than US$ 2 per day
• There are about 15 physicians and 93 nurses per 100,000 persons
• WHO lists malaria and measles as the leading causes of premature death in Ghana
• The black star in the flag is the symbol of African emancipation
• The currency is the Ghanaian Cedi (GHC)
• GDP (PPP) per capita is $1,571 (2009 estimate)