Recebemos recentemente da Drª Peg um email fazendo o ponto da situação, juntamente com o Relatório Final.
Now our big challenge is to make sure the quality of health services available at the building is as high as possible, . In the past, because of the lack of space at the health centre, the project team members wrere having to counsel and test people for HIV and perform other blood tests in a building 10 minutes walk from the health centre which made good coordination between government and project staff difficult and was often detrimental to patient management. The new clinic building has enough space for us to centralise all the HIV services, allowing the government and project staff to work much more closely together. Encouragingly the Provincial Health Department have said they'll provide a microscope and train some of the government and project staff to do things like TB tests which before we had to send patients to either Likoma Island or Metangula to have done - difficult when they were extremely sick, as well as being expensive. And then there's the very important fact that, whereas the old health centre building, which had no false ceiling, was hot and unpleasant to work in and the lack of space and privacy discouraged the health staff from taking time with patients and examining them properly, the new building has well ventilated, individual consulting rooms and space for patients to wait comfortably, which should help a lot towards staff morale and encouraging people to do their job well.
Please pass on my thanks to all those people who gave towards the construction of the new building at the Cobue Health Centre and let them know that their giving enabled something to happen that genuinely will improve the lives of many of the 15,000 people for whom the Cobue Health Centre is the main referral centre. I hope they will also be able to take pleasure in the fact that the participatory methodology used in the construction of the health centre, requiring the beneficiary communities to contribute themselves by giving their time voluntarily to make bricks and provide other materials, rather than depending entirely on external donations, has helped increase the beneficiary communities awareness that they themselves can play an important role in improving their lives and been an encouragement for them to continue working together to overcome other problems.
Peg Cumberland, Maio 2012.
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