Clinic & Nursing School
Cost: $100,000 (total).
- Construct a medical clinic to serve the village of Poleni and five surrounding villages
- Construct a nursing school.
Lack of even the most basic health facilities are a big problem in the DRC, particularly for the outlying villages around Lubumbashi. There are occasional outbreaks of cholera in Lubumbashi caused by contaminated drinking water. Malaria, HIV/AIDS and other diseases continue to be a problem. These diseases can easily be treated or even prevented with proper care. Child birthing and maternal care needs are also critical. The area needs more clinics and trained nurses.
Over the last three years, plans for a clinic and nursing school were developed with participation from the medical department at the University of Lubumbashi and the Lubumbashi Nursing School. A parcel of land adjacent to our school campus in Poleni village was obtained. Construction was started on a 13 room medical complex (see floor plans in Appendix B) in 2009. A well was dug, the site cleared and demarked with hedge bushes, the foundation for the entire complex was laid, and the walls of one examination room were built.
We are fortunate to have expert advice from doctors at Fort Detrick with experience in medical operations in remote areas.
2012 Work Plan & Current Status
5,000 of the 35,000 adobe bricks made at Myrt 1 were transported (about 6 km) to the clinic site. Staff keeps the site clean and clear to maintain usage rights.
Further construction work on this project has been placed on hold, pending AWIEF raising $10,000 this year to begin phase 2 of the project. Phase 2 will complete the construction of all interior and exterior walls from adobe bricks made on site. The walls will be covered with stucco to withstand weather until construction is completed in phase 3. The final phase includes equipping and staffing the facilities.
The AWIEF board is planning events and seeking grants to raise money to complete as much work as possible on this project. The entire project is estimated to cost $100,000.
In preparation for the nursing school and to advance the science curriculum in Myrt Schools, AWIEF shipped two microscopes with accessories and 24 boxes of medical and biology books. Myrt has recruited two part time instructors to teach biology. Staff and students from other schools, including the University of Lubumbashi, use the Myrt School library.