The clinic is very beneficial to communities. It enables elderly people and those with critical illnesses to get help closer to their homes. It also makes it easier to combat HIV/AIDS, TB and other illnesses.
Therefore, the objectives of the clinic would be:
- To provide primary healthcare at the vicinity,
- To provide health awareness programmes,
- To help combat the spread HIV/AIDS, TB and other illnesses,
- To provide contraceptives to minimise teenage pregnancies and unplanned pregnancies, and
- To provide referrals for psycho-social services.
Achievements and Impact
We have been successful in the provision of family planning and immunisation services. This service has been especially focused on women and children. The clinic service was provided bi-weekly for the whole year and was able help the communities in the vicinity. Referrals for psycho-social services were conducted in cases that needed the attention of social workers.
Through this, we were able to form long-term partnerships with the nearby clinic as they supported us with vaccines. We also made relationships with dentists who at the moment come twice every year to work with the children at the centre.
We were unable to reach the other objectives due to infrastructure and budgetary constraints that limited us from reaching our target of being a primary healthcare provider. However, we are working towards building a clinic room to provide the necessary infrastructure.
The challenges that we experience are financial which limits us from realising all the objectives. Financial support that we receive for our health programmes are used to ensure that there is a high delivery and awareness in terms of HIV and TB, implementing preventative measures and management.