Ampliación de la maternidad en Likuni, Lilongwe

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Desde hace años Active Africa  colabora con el hospital de LIKUNI, apoyando proyectos que han supuesto una gran mejora en la calidad del servicio.

Las mujeres de la zona de influencia del hospital han ido confiando paulatinamente en los servicios que ofrece y han podido apreciar los beneficios de tener un embarazo y un parto controlados por personal sanitario y en unas condiciones muy dignas. Esta buenísima noticia, que ha disminuido la mortalidad infantil y materna durante el período de alumbramiento, ha supuesto un incremento progresivo del número de admisiones en esta ala del hospital. Actualmente, se atienden unos 370 partos al mes y las instalaciones construidas en 2015 resultan claramente insuficientes.

A fin de atender a todas las mujeres que necesitan asistencia sanitaria durante el parto, se están utilizando para pacientes de cesárea inmediata y/o con complicaciones post parto, las camas existentes en la zona de incubadoras o en la guardería de bebés, zonas que deberían ser utilizadas solo para niños a fin de prevenir infecciones, poniendo en riesgo la salud de las madres y los niños.

Pero, por desgracia, hay más carencias. No existe una zona de aislamiento para pacientes que lo necesiten por epidemias (Covid 19) o sepsis puerperal. Tampoco existe un ala para atender a madres en las últimas etapas antes del parto ni unidades de Cuidados Intensivos y/o Alta Vigilancia para madres y niños. Actualmente muchas de las madres que necesitan una vigilancia especial por afecciones subyacentes son derivadas al Hospital Central de Kamuzu, con el riesgo de muerte durante el trayecto. El alto índice de infección en VIH aconseja el tratamiento aislado e intensivo de madres y bebés en dicha situación.

Para solucionar todos estos problemas y ofrecer unas instalaciones sanitarias óptimas, la dirección del hospital nos pidió ayuda para extender el ala de maternidad. Es necesario ampliar  la infraestructura del hospital a fin de crear zonas para albergar 32 nuevas camas para atención post natal ordinaria, 3 camas en zona de aislamiento, 7 camas en zona de Unidad de Alta Dependencia, 14 camas en Unidad de Alto Riesgo, 5 camas en Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos, 4 camas en ala de asistencia privada y una nueva zona de partos.

Se trata de una gran obra de ampliación y, dada la envergadura del mismo, la dirección del hospital ha decidido dividirlo en distintas fases.

Actualmente se están construyendo las 2 primeras fases, con el soporte de Mango y ORDESA y se está buscando financiación para la 3ª.

Support program for the AIDS patients of Kaggwa Parish:

Since 2006, our association collaborates in the maintenance of the special attention program for AIDS patients (Kaggwa Community Home Based Care) that takes place in the parish of Kaggwa, Lilongwe.  The objectives of this program have been to improve the quality of life of AIDS patients group and their closest family , to stop to increase the number of AIDS patients through training and prevention and also, to achieve the patients social reintegration.  The activities that are developed annually in order to support the AIDS patients groups are designed to take care of their health and nutrition and offer them the tools necessary to lead a dignified life.

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Support program for the AIDS patients of Kaggwa Parish:

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Since 2006, our association collaborates in the maintenance of the special attention program for AIDS patients (Kaggwa Community Home Based Care) that takes place in the parish of Kaggwa, Lilongwe.  The objectives of this program have been to improve the quality of life of AIDS patients group and their closest family , to stop to increase the number of AIDS patients through training and prevention and also, to achieve the patients social reintegration.  The activities that are developed annually in order to support the AIDS patients groups are designed to take care of their health and nutrition and offer them the tools necessary to lead a dignified life.

Gracias a la unión de varios donantes, esto es ya una realidad. La unión de Miva, Mango ,África Digna y ActiveAfrica lo ha hecho posible.

Support program for the AIDS patients of Kaggwa Parish:

Since 2006, our association collaborates in the maintenance of the special attention program for AIDS patients (Kaggwa Community Home Based Care) that takes place in the parish of Kaggwa, Lilongwe.  The objectives of this program have been to improve the quality of life of AIDS patients group and their closest family , to stop to increase the number of AIDS patients through training and prevention and also, to achieve the patients social reintegration.  The activities that are developed annually in order to support the AIDS patients groups are designed to take care of their health and nutrition and offer them the tools necessary to lead a dignified life.

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Purchase of an Electric Generator for the Likuni Hospital

 

The Likuni hospital was founded in 1940. Currently, the hospital serves either 80,000 patients per year in its own facilities or through the eleven mobile clinics.

Sister Lungu wants to ensure that the most needy have access to appropriate health care.  Likewise, she wishes to improve both the quality of the attention provided and the statistics of said attention.  During 2016, the reconstruction and equipment of the maternity wing has been her priority, in order to increase control in the stage of pregnancy and delivery, thus ensuring a greater survival of newborns.

 

 

However, the hospital continues to have significant shortcomings. 

From one hand, Malawi suffers from a chronic power shortage.  The power cuts are constant and lasting, which affects especially certain areas of the hospital.  As it is a very large center, it is very difficult and expensive to install solar panels and there are areas of it whose equipment is not sustainable with this alternative energy. 

On our last trip, Sister Lungu confirmed that the purchase of an Electric generator that kept the supply in the most vulnerable areas of the hospital (operating room and laboratory) was her main priority. 

Thanks to Mango, now this generator is a reality.

On the other hand, for years they have been asking for help to buy an Ambulance.

This was a very urgent need since the one they had was very old. The repairs were constant, causing serious problems in the transportation of the sick and also due to the continuous bills for their repair.

It should be borne in mind that the Hospital has a Mobile Clinics program to provide healthcare to the population not only in the Hospital but also in all the surrounding towns. In Malawi, people often do not go to health centers because they are far from their homes and because they lack the necessary money for transportation.

By ambulance, these towns are reached and the most seriously ill are taken to Lilongwe Central Hospital when the occasion requires.

 

Finally, in mid-2019 it was possible to buy and deliver to the Likuni Hospital.

Thanks to Mango, the generator and the ambulance are already fully operational, helping the people of Malawi.

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