Amani’s Health Solution
Amani Global Works’ efforts center on the construction of a new health facility in the Northern part Idjwi that will provide simple, low-cost interventions. The facility will serve 50,000 people annually and will address the particular needs of the region‘s 17,000 women and children in reducing maternal and child mortality, improve nutrition, manage AIDS, Tuberculosis, and malaria.
The facility will be an asset to the community, providing the Ban’Idjwi with basic healthcare with main focus on reproductive and child health, so that they might focus on and invest in their own growth. The hope is that the healthcare facility will spur much needed educational and agricultural investments, central to Idjwi’s future.
Each local clinic will cover 25,000 people (2,500 households). Three local clinics will be served by a regional clinic. Amani Global Works plans to build 10 local clinics, three regional clinics and a medical center to cover the estimated 250,000 people on Idjwi Island.
The health phase, which consists of direct health services, intends to provide quality healthcare in a dignified and safe environment and several core stages:
Stage 1 started in May 2010 and continue through December 2011. It consists of a soft launch of the initial health clinic, a Community Health Worker (CHW) program and a demographic and health survey of the island.
During stage 1, Amani Global Works trained 50 community health workers and interviewers for the health survey and launched the local health clinic. Amani Global Works expects that 5,000 patients will be treated in the immediate area of the first clinic.
Stage 2 will focus on building regional clinics. Stage 2 will begin in January 2012 through December 2013. This will help establish a health system network covering the Lake Kivu area and a very strong network of community health workers will be established. This will be a major source of employment and will have an indelible impact on the security of the region. It is estimated that during the first full year of operation, the expanded clinic will treat 10,000 patients with a 10,000 incremental target increase each additional year that follows.
Stage 3 will begin in January 2013 through December 2015, targeting to treat 50,000 people annually in each local clinic. During this time AGW will expand the capacity of the clinic in both size and available treatments. During this stage, AGW will build a medical center with different pavilions that will house the four classic services of Pediatrics, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Internal medicine, and Surgery.