The Mother Maryam Foundation Clinic Project
The clinic project today
The village clinic opened on July 1, 2011. Dr. Omda officiated at the opening ceremony. Honored guests included the Minister of Health of the Northern Province and the Governor of Dongola District. Dr. Abdelaziz Osman represented the Mother Maryam Foundation Board of Directors. Children and grandchildren of Mother Maryam Saeed also attended.
Over the years, the Mother Maryam Foundation raised $143,000 to construct the Kolomiseed Health Clinic. Sudatel Corp. provided the first $20,000 seed money. The construction of the clinic, installation of a dedicated pump and water tower, the purchase of a generator and an ambulance, and the acquisition of medical equipment and supplies were supervised by members of the Khartoum Rotary Club.
The Austin Rotary Club, Westlake Rotary Club, many clubs in Rotary District 5870, and many generous individuals donated over $100,000 to pay for the equipment and supplies to operate the clinic. The Rotary Club of Paphos Aphrodite in Cyprus donated an electrocardiogram machine.
The Northern Province Ministry of Health will pay the base salary for clinic staff and will furnish medications to be sold at subsidized prices. Clinic staff will include a resident doctor, a nurse, a midwife, an ambulance driver, a lab technician, a lab assistant, a pharmacy assistant, a clerk, a cleaner, and a security guard. Dr. Mohammed Osman, who practices medicine in Dongola, will visit weekly to oversee operations.
The clinic's current needs
Mother Maryam Foundation and some of its friends are continuing to raise funds to support the operating costs of the clinic. Monthly operating costs will exceed income, since the goal of the clinic is to provide a high standard of care for minimal fees affordable to the villagers (and free for the poor).
The village health needs and how the clinic will address them
Az-Zawrat and its surrounding villages experience health care problems prevalent in the region. Malaria is endemic; it impairs the learning ability of youth and the productive capacity of adults, as well as creating much misery and leading to early deaths. Most people do not understand the transmission cycle of the disease nor the proper method of using anti-malarial medicines, which are not easily acquired. Diseases which can be prevented by vaccination - such as tetanus, typhoid, polio, measles, and diphtheria - occur periodically. Most people do not understand the transmission of disease by microbes or viruses, nor how to take steps to prevent such transmission. The new clinic will provide treatment for diseases, education in disease prevention, and immunizations.
Previously, Az-Zawrat and the surrounding area have not had preventive and primary health care available locally for expectant mothers, new mothers, nor infants. Young mothers, infants, and young children benefit greatly from monitoring and preventive care. Mothers also benefit from health education: how to maintain a healthy pregnancy, how to breastfeed, how to wean, how to nourish young ones, and how to teach them hygiene. The new clinic will monitor young families, vaccinate and treat them, and help parents achieve their desire for a healthy family.
Many people suffer from arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, eye diseases, and dental problems. Occasionally accidents or health emergencies occur, and access to treatment in those cases has been virtually non-existent. Previously, the nearest adequate health care facility was in Dongola, the provincial capital, 25 km away and reached only by limited and difficult transportation options. Thus, access to health care has been the most difficult for the populations most needing it - pregnant women, young mothers, children, the elderly, the infirm, the disabled, the poor, and those in need of urgent care. The new clinic will make health care accessible for those who need it most.
The people of this area have long needed a local source of primary and preventive health care and health education. The new Kolomiseed Health Clinic will be able to offer primary and preventive health care and health education to more than 17,000 area residents.
Benefits of the clinic
Vaccines which are properly stored, handled, and administered; continuing campaigns for the immunization of all area children.
Availability of common and necessary medications at government-subsidized prices - free to the poor - and education by staff in the proper use of medications.
The availability of malaria medication, treatment, and patient education in malaria treatment and prevention.
The availability of maternity, postpartum, and well-baby monitoring and care; the availability of care for families with young children.
Testing for, monitoring, and treatment of chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, etc.
The availability of urgent care and emergency medical transport.
A location for governmental and international health campaigns and visiting specialists.
The availability of health education and wellness education for all ages.
Affordable health care for all: services are free to the poor and for those who can afford to pay, fees are minimal. Services are provided to patients regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, age, or gender.