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.
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.
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.
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 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).