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Health & Nutrition

Linda Clinic Expansion

By February 15, 2016 No Comments

The project aims to transform Linda Clinic into a three-ward district hospital that will be able to provide the surrounding communities with better support and access to more extensive health care. This will involve the building of three wards which will impact 17, 000 people – female: 5,100 – male: 1,700 and children: 10,200.

Linda community in Livingstone is a compound (suburb/village) with densely populated surroundings and is home to some 17,000. Unfortunately, this area is also characterized by an alarmingly high birth rate, the population having risen from an estimated 8,000 in just three years (potentially over 4,000 births). However, there is only one small clinic that caters for the whole community. The clinic currently only operates an out-patient department, so for any other services patients are referred to the Livingstone General Hospital or Maramba Clinic. The General Hospital is the only hospital in Livingstone and takes referrals from all of the community clinics of Livingstone as well as from the whole of the Southern Province.

Livingstone General Hospital has recently been upgraded to a provincial hospital. This means they are now taking referrals from all over the Southern Province not just the Kazungla District increasing the pressure on the staff and resources.The small clinic in Linda is unable to handle the number of patients that need treatment in the area and cannot currently offer any laboratory services or satisfactory inpatient care, thus Linda’s occupants have to travel to other healthcare providers – either in nearby Maramba or the Livingstone General Hospital to attain these vital services. Transferring patients to Livingstone General Hospital means that the waiting times at the hospital are exhausting and that the level of care that the understaffed and unsupported hospital team can provide is often lacking. The Ministry of Health has identified an urgent need for a new hospital in Livingstone to provide healthcare for a catchment area up to 140,000 people which will alleviate the pressure on resources and staff at the Livingstone General Hospital and provide the surrounding communities with better support and access to more extensive health care.

Most people in the surrounding communities cannot get to the General Hospital if they are unable to walk. Without taxi fair you either will need to walk to the hospital or you just don’t get treated. So having a clinic in Linda is so beneficial for all communities members to be able to get there on foot.

Our promise is to build and complete a three ward hospital building in Linda compound and provide sufficient beds and cabinets for all wards. This will involve the building of three wards – female, male and children’s – as an extension to the current out-patient clinic. The Ministry of Health will be funding the machinery, equipment and staff for the running of the new hospital. The establishment of a fully functional district hospital able to meet the current desperate need for proper healthcare in the local community will save lives and drastically improve the quality of life of the people of Linda and the surrounding areas. It will massively reduce the number of patients who previously would go untreated as they did not have the means to get to the hospital and it will relieve the immense pressure on the current hospital and will help to build a happier, more prosperous, thriving community.

The long term changes will be improved medical care for local residents. This will be demonstrated through:
1. Lower mortality rate
2. Lower baby and child mortality rate
3. High level of child vaccinations

The hospital is expected to help 11,637 people directly.

Livingstone
The African Impact Foundation works with several different communities – known locally as compounds – throughout Livingstone, including Linda, Dambwa, Libuyu and Mwandi to name only a few. The total population of Livingstone is an estimated 136,897 (Census 2010) – however, figures are difficult to accurately measure given the transient nature of the town and the location of surrounding settlements. Livingstone is a tourist town and a border town (borders Zimbabwe) set to the backdrop of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Linda
Linda compound, one of the most densely populated housing areas in Livingstone, is home to some 17,000 or more people. Unfortunately, this area is also characterized by an alarmingly high birth rate, the population having risen from an estimated 8,000 in just three years (potentially over 4,000 births).

The structure has gone up and the painting of timber with wood preservative has been done. Construction of roof structure, putting of timber and Iron/ roof sheets is also being done.The roof has been completed. We are still looking at ways of funding for the completion of this clinic.