Health
 Cameroon
Project #6503

Help Mbosha women build a primary health centre.

by Self Reliance Promoters' NGO
A volunteer from Uk in Mbosha child welfare clinic
A volunteer from Uk in Mbosha child welfare clinic

I am delighted to report that Mbosha women community Health centre continue to survive and expanding its services with the help of  our donors through the Global Giving initiatives.

 

We sent in one of the women for Primary Health Care training.  This is because we were able to transfer from  one of the Members house in to the permanent site and a lot of progress  is being recorded interms of  deliveries, child welfare and general consultation.

 

Regarding the construction we were able to complete the Kitchen and added some beds for admission of patients. Our sincere thanks goes to all those who have been supporting and also to those who donated and still recommended this project to their families and friends to support their chosen cause.

 

We continue to receive and work with volunteers from Oringal volunteers Uk.  They very much appreciate the work and the way the Global Giving funds are being used.  Here below are some of the pictures we took while at the Mbosha Community women Health Centre.

 

Our ex-volunteer still from UK sent some few packets of Pacetamol and cocodamole including a nice path lock for the Health centre as you can see on the below pictures.  Some of the pictures shows the weign of children at the child welfare exercise during our visit.

 

We pray for more funds so as to complete  plastering and the ceiling including the flooring work.  May God bless you all.

Volunters Staff and SEREPs director at the site
Volunters Staff and SEREPs director at the site

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 I am very grateful to report on the above titled project. Firstly, I would like to thank the supporters of these projects who have lifted these women to becoming pioneers of a women managed Health  Centre  in the district.

 Since the last report, we have recorded enormous progress and achievements.

We moved from one of the Community member’s house to the new building. Since we moved in, we have recorded a remarkable increase in deliveries, Antenatal Clinics, Admission and child welfare activities.

I would like to report here that we were not able to plaster before moving in, we decided to get in as we solicit for funds.  The current in crease and step up in activities may  ameliorate the income for more local funds raising for  enhance the progress nature of the work.

Our next report  shall be followed by the most recent pictures.

 

Thanks.  

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After the GlobalGiving representative’s visit, the women redynamized their spirit of work. From all the reports posted in the project page, the women have always been at work. The most recent funds disbursed by the GlobalGiving has enabled them to complete the Kitchen for the Patient Carers, and some local beds for the Health Centre.

We taught we would move onto buying the sand but the committee decided to make the beds because the road is very bad for truck to get to this village.  

We have therefore been able to move another step forward by improving the house and making ready the beds pending grass mattress that have been ordered from a local  grass mattress maker.   In our next reports we will have the pictures of the beds and mattresses because they will soon be brought and mounted in the Health centre.

We are happy to report that support being given to these women is very highly appreciated by them.  It is really encouraging them to get on with all what they can do by themselves or locally with the available financial resources and progressively.

We thank all of you who are supporting this project and those yet to do so to have confidence that their hard earned money is being used for the service of mankind.  Also this is being invested in a project that will serve generations after generations.

May God bless all of you as you continue to support and recommending this project for more support.

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It is a small miracle that our car, a taxi borrowed from a friend of a friend, survived the journey. The rattling piece of metal took us over rolling green hills, down narrow, bumpy red dirt tracks and finally, to the remote village of Mbosha. 

We traveled all this way to meet the women who, determined to meet the needs they saw within their community, decided to form a women's group. With the help of Self-Reliance Promoters' NGO (SEREP),  they set out to get things done. As you can tell from the video above, their passion and energy are infectious. 

The village has no electricity or running water. But yet two women from the group run a health center that in addition to providing basic health services, has already helped give birth to over 70 babies since its creation in 2005. 

The women who run the clinic are volunteers. Despite having families to take care of and crops to tend to, they have taken the time to get the proper training to provide basic primary healthcare for the people of Mbosha. 

Above: One of the women, with her year-old daughter (born at the health center), with Mbosha village in the background. 

Above: The women in front of the new center that is currently under construction. 

As they try to build their capacity, they realized that they needed a bigger space! And so they have started building a new clinic. As you can see, construction is well under way. The new health center features more room for patients, a latrine out in the back, and a separate building for a kitchen!  Word has spread about the health center to the surrounding communities, and so those who must travel from afar to get here do not have local family or friends to shelter or feed them. The new building, kitchen and extra space will help solve this problem.

Above: The kitchen-in-progress

SEREP is also trying to get a palm oil project off the ground, which would consist of purchasing palm oil for both these women's families' consumption and for re-sale to generate some income. I can assure you that palm oil is an absolutely vital part of the Cameroonian diet. It is found in virtually every single traditional dish, and as one friend put it, "if it is not made with palm oil, then a Cameroonian will not eat it." Currently, because of the lack of funding, the project is not currently taking place. 

And last but not least: three of the many, many children who were born in the health center that they wanted me to take pictures of!

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Knockings waiting for funds for the ceilling board
Knockings waiting for funds for the ceilling board

The women organized several community work where they collectively made sundry bricks by themselves, participated on the digging around the building. They leveled the surrounding and the frontage of the building. Most of their community work is usually organized on non farming days. Attendance is compulsory for every woman in the community. They work happily as they record the progress nature of the work. During the building of the kitchen, they carried water and supplied sundry bricks which were made and packed in one of the rooms because of rain. Currently, they are working on the kitchen which is aimed at helping patients and carers to prepare food, heat water etc. This is very important. The women have the hope of getting into the building when it is plastered and plywood put on the ceiling, because they can still start using local beds and un-cemented floors. We thank the donors who had supported this project in the past. The women of Mbosha are peasant farmers and very committed to their project. They work on this project according to the available resources. When ever there is any possibility of getting something done, they do it without any hesitation. The have a weekly meeting in which they discuss, evaluate and plan their activities. It through this method that all the manual work done is arranged and carried out collectively. Any message to the community is also passed through this forum i.e. a doctor coming to weigh under five, give health talks and give vaccination etc. They are looking forward to moving on to the new site as soon as they are able to put the ceiling board as the knockings have been completed, the leveling of the surrounding done, and the building of the small Kitchen is also going on. We are sorry our lines have given us a lot of difficulties to get the report and the attachment get through. We hope to continue reporting on the progressive nature of this project until it is fully realized. We are glad some team members of the Global Giving shall be visiting this project at the end of June 2011.

The Yard already leveled by the women
The Yard already leveled by the women

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Self Reliance Promoters' NGO

Location: Kumbo, Bui Division - Cameroon
Website: http:/​/​www.selfreliancecameroon.org
Project Leader:
Wirkom Fred Mbiydzenyuy
Director
Mbve, Kumbo Cameroon
$8,325 raised of $9,500 goal
 
31 donations
$1,175 to go
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