AWAKEN’s Behsood Health Clinic was completed and opened in 2011.
Located near the village of Qala-e-Makh and serving a population of approximately 40,000 people, the clinic cares for more than 3,000 patients each month. Most of these patients are women and children, many of whom walk several kilometers to visit the clinic.
Prior to the clinic’s opening, the Behsood District had no healthcare services, but now, thanks to AWAKEN’s supporters, the district is served six days a week by a doctor (who also serves as the clinic administrator), two midwives, two vaccinators, a pharmacist, a lab technician/nurse, and three support staff.
In 2013, the clinic expanded its services with a traveling vaccinator, who now visits area villages to administer nearly 1,400 vaccinations each month. He travels on a motorcycle purchased with a Rotary Foundation grant, vaccinating infants, children, and adults against polio, measles, and other diseases.
The clinic was expanded in 2016, when the new maternal and child health (MCH) unit was completed. This facility added two obstetrics and maternity rooms, including patient beds and delivery tables. Funding from a Rotary Foundation grant and Rotary Clubs in both the U.S. have allowed AWAKEN to fully equip and staff the MCH, which now averages eight deliveries per week. With this new facility, expectant mothers now know they can receive medical assistance, 24 hours a day, when they go into labor.
Rotary Foundation grants have vastly improved the care that is provided to patients at the Behsood Health Clinic in other ways, too. In 2013, the clinic’s diesel-powered generator was replaced with a solar power system, producing clean, renewable energy for medical equipment, lighting, a water pump, fans (for warm summer months), and heaters (for cool winter months).
Most recently, in March 2017, Rotary funded the construction of four latrines, two handwashing stations, and two drinking water stations at the clinic, in addition to four latrines at the Qala-e-Malakh School.
In addition to its regular services through the clinic and traveling vaccinator, AWAKEN also provides occasional emergency medical assistance, often to help transport patients to the Nangarhar Provincial Hospital.
The clinic meets the medical needs of more than 32,000 patients each year, but it continues to run out of medications and supplies at the end of each month.
Last year, the Maternal and Child Health Unit was added to the clinic. Every month there are 200-300 new cases coming for a variety of services including prenatal and postnatal care, deliveries, and family planning. We are grateful for Rotary’s grant and for all of your continued support in making this possible!
Your generous donation will help us meet this need and, more important, build a sustainability fund that will ensure the clinic’s continued ability to care for women and children in the years to come!
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