During the launch of a new CFW clinic on June 30, 2011, our staff and new franchisee came face to face with the great need for health education and health care services in Kaanwa village, where the new CFW clinic is located. A young mother came to the CFW clinic carrying her baby, followed by the baby’s father. The baby (Sally) was eight days old and painfully thin, small, and looked so fragile she might break. The CFW nurse attended to the baby immediately but before she started to take the vital signs, the baby labored to draw air…her last breath.
From the history given by the mother, the baby was prematurely born and the delivery had happened at home. The local traditional birth attendant has helped the mother to give birth but the mother did not go for a review at the nearest health facility (a district hospital approximately 10km away). The young mother had not attended antenatal checkups, neither had she taken the baby to any health care provider.
Other villagers informed us that in Kaanwa, cases similar to this baby’s are not uncommon. Young mothers are not giving birth in the hospital and even when the child is very sick, they still do not go to hospital. Seeking of health care services is so delayed that in many cases nothing can be done to reverse the damage. Apart from the new CFW clinic, there are no other reliable health care providers in the area. A nearby church set up a clinic, but due to poor clinic management and frequent stock outs of essential drugs, the church clinic is frequently closed.
As part of this update, we've included a photo of the launch of the new CFW clinic in Kaanwa. Also, if you'd like to know where Kaanwa is located, please type the following GPS coordinates into Google Maps: -00.32172, 037.72026. Kaanwa is an example of a typical context in which CFW clinics are serving patients and saving lives by making basic healthcare accessible and affordable. Please consider contributing to CFW's ongoing effort.
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