Mpelembe Rural Health Clinic (RHC) has received a donation of a generator from the Zambian Prevention, Care and Treatment Partnership (ZPCT):
|Mpelembe RHC generator|
This partnership is funded by the American NGO Family Health International (FHI) 360: http://www.fhi360.org/
Mpelembe RHC is the biggest of Chitambo District's 'hard to reach' clinics http://u.osmfr.org/m/60291/
Based in the remote Bangwelu Swamps, where Scottish missionary/explorer Dr. David Livingstone died, it is almost a mini hospital, yet it has no mobile phone connectivity and no electricity.
The clinic is over 100 kilometres from Chitambo Hospital, on bad roads. In the rainy season (November to March), the roads are flooded and the clinic is all but cut off.
Obstetric emergencies and severe malaria are major medical emergencies in this area.
The generator will make a vast difference to emergency care provision enabling, for example, lighting for night time deliveries as well as for minor surgery, vaccine storage and many other medical needs.
The generator will also complement our Emergency Radio Appeal, which seeks to upgrade existing (solar powered) radios to high frequency digital radios so that Mpelembe and other Chitambo District RHC can call Chitambo Hospital direct, in case of emergency. This will save lives, particularly of women in childbirth, who are currently vulnerable to lengthy delays in accessing skilled obstetric help.
America is doing a lot for Chitambo District. The re-building of the Chitambo School of Nursing was funded via PEPFAR funding from America (http://www.pepfar.gov/), hence the American Ambassador was the guest of honour at the first graduation ceremony (September 2015):
Mickey and Jackie Baillie, from North Carolina, USA, founded the highly successful Agape Village Foundation orphanage at Chitambo: https://www.facebook.com/Agape-Village-Foundation-132817120127649/