Containers 2 Clinics

Containers 2 Clinics (C2C) seeks to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality rates in the developing world by providing access to high-quality primary healthcare for women and children. We deploy shipping containers converted into clinics to low-resource areas and collaborate with local organizations and governments to provide clinical, laboratory, pharmacy and health education services. As a result, we create access to low-cost, basic health interventions during the critical months surrounding birth and the first five years of life when women and children are most vulnerable.
Dec 4, 2012

Happy Holidays, and Some Updates from C2C

Kandali and her daughters
Kandali and her daughters

Greetings supporters and friends,

As 2012 comes to a close and we look forward to 2013, Containers 2 Clinics wishes you and your families a happy, healthy holiday season and New Year!  

We'd like to share with you a story about C2C's impact on Kamaria* and her two daughters.

Kamaria lives in Namibia’s Democratic Resettlement Community (DRC) – a community in western Namibia built mostly from scavenged materials.  Her day begins early, as she gets her two daughters dressed, washed, fed, and ready for school, cares for her infant son, collects water and hauls it home, and works to keep her home clean and her family fed in the dusty Namib Desert.  Her husband, a truck driver, is away much of the time, so it is often just Kamaria and her three children at home. 

After her mother's death when she was just 16, Kamaria's life changed forever; she was no longer able to attend school, and was forced to begin supporting herself. 

She had her first daughter, Thulile, in 2001, but soon fled Thulile's father, whom she feared would kill her and her daughter.  Following her escape, Kamaria married a kind man.   While pregnant with her second daughter, Lerato, she discovered she was HIV-positive and received the medications necessary to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.  “I was so scared for my baby, but she is healthy” Kamaria said.

Despite her HIV status and history of babies with low birth weight, Kamaria received no prenatal care while pregnant with her son.  The nearest clinic was hours away and impossible for Abena to access due to the distance and her family responsibilities.  Luckily, amidst fears of complications, Kamaria delivered a healthy baby boy. 

With the opening of Containers 2 Clinics’ new clinic in Namibia, Kamaria and other women in her community will no longer have to worry about accessing high-quality, affordable health care for themselves and their children.  Kamaria's son will receive essential vaccinations, and her daughters will receive specialized care for young women.  Kamaria will have access to post-natal care now as well as prenatal care for future babies. 

“To keep my children well is the most important thing, and I am so happy the clinic will help me do that,” Kamaria said. We're grateful to be able to serve Kamaria, and many women like her, and thank you for your support which makes our health services possible.

Warmly,

Jessica 

*names changed to protect anonymity

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Dec 4, 2012

Happy Holidays, and a Story from C2C

Kandali and her daughters
Kandali and her daughters

Greetings supporters and friends,

As 2012 comes to a close and we look forward to 2013, Containers 2 Clinics wishes you and yours a happy, healthy holiday season and New Year!  

We'd like to share with you a story about C2C's impact on Kandali and her two daughters.

Kandali lives in Namibia’s Democratic Resettlement Community (DRC) – a community in western Namibia built mostly from scavenged materials.  Her day begins early, as she gets her two daughters dressed, washed, fed, and ready for school, cares for her infant son, collects water and hauls it home, and works to keep her home clean and her family fed in the dusty Namib Desert.  Her husband, a truck driver, is away much of the time, so it is often just Kandali and her three children at home. 

After her mother's death when she was just 16, Kandali’s life changed forever; she was no longer able to attend school, and was forced to begin supporting herself. 

She had her first daughter, Thandiwe, in 2001, but soon fled Thandiwe’s father, whom she feared would kill her and her daughter.  Following her escape, Kandali married a kind man.   While pregnant with her second daughter, Lillian, she discovered she was HIV-positive and received the medications necessary to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.  “I was so scared for my baby, but she is healthy” Kandali said.

Despite her HIV status and history of babies with low birth weight, Kandali received no prenatal care while pregnant with her son.  The nearest clinic was hours away and impossible for Kandali to access due to the distance and her family responsibilities.  Luckily, amidst fears of complications, Kandali delivered a healthy baby boy. 

With the opening of Containers 2 Clinics’ new clinic in Namibia, Kandali and other women in her community will no longer have to worry about accessing high-quality, affordable health care for themselves and their children.  Kandali’s son will receive essential vaccinations, and her daughters will receive specialized care for young women.  Kandali will have access to post-natal care now as well as prenatal care for future babies. 

“To keep my children well is the most important thing, and I am so happy the clinic will help me do that,” Kandali said.  

 

We're grateful to be able to serve Kandali, and many women like her, and thank you for your support which makes our health services possible.

Warmly,

Jessica 

Links:

Sep 5, 2012

Updates from Namibia- Containers 2 Clinics

exterior of the new clinic
exterior of the new clinic

C2C Supporters and Friends,

It's been a busy summer at C2C in our efforts to open our Namibian clinic.  Two of our staff members, Ellen and Allison, recently arrived home from Swakopmund- during their productive trip they met with our partners at the Ministry of Health, as well as completed on-site logistics (fencing, seating, etc).  In just a few short weeks, we'll begin treating patients at the clinic.  Residents of this community currently walk many hours to seek care, and they all seem very excited to have a well-equipped clinic so close to home.

One of the initiatives we're most excited about is our Community Health Program.  As we speak, a volunteer is conducting a "community needs assessment" to determine what the primary health concerns are for local families.  The results of this assessment will help to shape our community health program- for example, we may focus more on post-natal care, HIV testing and treatment, or childhood nutrition.  With the help of your generous donations, we'll be hiring experienced community health counselors to carry out these vital programs.  We're so grateful for your support, which has a tangible impact on more than 10,000 Namibians.

We look forward to sending you messages and photographs after the official opening of the clinic!

With gratitude,

Elizabeth Sheehan

A DRC resident, helping to unpack our clinic
A DRC resident, helping to unpack our clinic
Our clinic site- nearing completion!
Our clinic site- nearing completion!