The clinic in Liwolo is now 8 months old and sees on average 55 patients each day, many walking for several days to visit the clinic. The main illnesses presented and treated are Malaria, Typhoid, and pneumonia.
By fulfilling its mission data shows that the clinic is a powerful economic engine in the communities it serves. Families being able to save their little income at the end of the month instead of spending it on medical treatment bills.
Some of the challenges include lack of medicines, staff and number of rooms available as the number of patients seen has far exceeded the number planned for. This was in part due to budget at the time of building. There is still a need to employ a medical officer, the equivalent to a doctor, which would mean the clinic could be open and fully staffed 7 days a week, presently not possible. The CRESSUK management team has been applying for support from Gilead Sciences to make this need a reality.
Recent improvements to the clinic include the provision of 2 bicycles for the staff to visit patients. Curtains and screens for privacy plus a batch of medicines! The greatest improvement was the addition of a solar fridge in May.
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