Health and Sanitation
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  • Hygiene
  • Health centers
Expected Completion On:
Jun 2020
Start Date:
Nov 2019

Construction of Gajal Dispensary

Villagers have to walk up to 6 km to get basic medical treatment.

In June 2019 three volunteer doctors visited the Dareda Kati Clinic and two other health centers in Arri and Gidas. During the consultations and meetings with medical staff, they evaluated the needs of the dispensaries and clinics regarding facilities, supplies and training. Based on their observations and data provided by the World Health Organization, Karimu developed with the government a health program to -4improve the overall health in Ayalagaya Ward prioritizing the most common interventions. It includes the expansion of the Dareda Kati Clinic and the construction of a dispensary in Gajal to serve the remotest areas of Ayalagaya Ward.
Gajal´s subvillages lie the farthest from the Dareda Kati Clinic. Villagers have to walk up to 6 km to get basic medical treatment. The farthest they have to walk, the less likely they are to seek care. Long distances also increase the risks in medical emergencies. Gajal dispensary will provide consultation with a doctor or nurse, pre- and postnatal care, treatment of HIV/AIDS and other diseases, family planning and vaccination, among others.

This project encompasses:

  • Construction of building

    • Prenatal, labor and postnatal rooms
    • Doctor room and patient consultation/screening room
    • Dressing room
    • Family planning room
    • Dispensing, boiling material and cleaning material room
    • Medical staff and medical supply storage
    • Laboratory
    • Kitchen
    • Toilet
    • Reception and waiting area
  • Construction of toilets for patients

    • Construction of hand-washing sinks to ensure all patients can wash their hands before entering the building
    • Construction of a small laundry and an area to keep the cleaning material
    • Installation of electricity and wiring
    • Building of an incinerator and placenta pit
    • Donation of autoclave
    • Donation of TV to show educational videos to all patients

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Expected benefits:

  • Improved health throughout surrounding villages

  • Fewer maternal and infant deaths during childbirth

  • Fewer long-lasting health problems due to easier access to health care and preventive health services

Cost: $40,000
The community already contributed significantly to this project by

  • Clearing the land

  • Building the whole foundation

  • Supplying bricks and raising all the walls

  • Building part of the roof

The government agreed to provide:

  • Medical staff

  • Refrigerator to keep vaccines and certain medicine

  • All furniture

  • Monthly funding to keep the dispensary running, including funds for medicine, medical supplies, electricity bills, etc.