Beginning in 2006, we worked closely with villages and small communities in remote areas of East Africa to establish health facilities. Our goal was to bring health care to the people needing it the most: people living so far from existing health clinics and hospitals that it often took them days to access care. Until 2011, this was Humanity for Children’s primary focus. Although we’ve broadened our mission to include many other factors that significantly affect individual, family and village health, our commitment to providing equality and accessible health care continues.
Built in partnership with the Kibungo Anglican Diocese, the Children’s and Womens' Polyclinic currently being constructed in Karama, Rwanda, will serve approximately 60,000 people of Karama in the Kazo and Gashanda Sectors.
This will be the first and only polyclinic in this region and will save the population 2-12 hours walk to the district hospital in Kibungo. This clinic will initially provide outpatient clinical services including preventative medicine, acute care, HIV treatment and counseling, mental health counseling, and health/wellness teaching in the community. Over time and with additional
funding, we hope to expand the services of the center to include inpatient pediatrics, maternal health including deliveries, and caesarian sections.
Although the clinic services will primarily focus on child and maternal health, the clinic will serve all people regardless of the ability to pay, religious affiliations, or gender. It will also be aligned with the Rwandan Ministry of Health plans for the area, the District Government, and the national health insurance plan, Mutuelle.
Staffing for the clinic will consist primarily of Rwandan national nurses and support staff. These will be supplemented by international doctors, nurses, social workers, etc. including pediatricians, family physicians, OB/GYN, and pediatric subspecialties. In June 2009, a groundbreaking ceremony occurred which drew over 1,600 people from the surrounding area, district and national governments, and local churches.
As of the July 2012, the primary building has been completed. We are currently actively rasing teh remaining 32,000 USD needed to complete the project and hope to have it completed by the spring of 2013. This construction of this site is being sponsored though the generosity of the Rwanda Community Partnership and the citizens of Callaway County Missouri.
Built in partnership with the Kibungo Anglican Diocese, the Gashanda Health Post is located in a renovated district office building in Gashanda, Rwanda, which was generously donated by the District Government in Kibungo. This post is serving 12,000 people of the Gashanda Sector along with a significant population of the neighboring sectors. This is the only medical service in this
region and will save the population a 4-16 hour walk to the district hospital in Kibungo. This clinic provides outpatient clinical services including preventative medicine, acute care, and health/wellness teaching in the community. The clinic serves all people regardless of their ability to pay, religious affiliations, or gender. It is aligned with the Rwandan Ministry of Health plan 2020 for the area, the District Government, and the national health insurance plan (Mutuelle).Staffing for the clinic consists of Rwandan national A1 and A3 nurses and support staff. These have been be supplemented by international doctors and nurses.
Renovation on the existing structure was completed in March of 2010 and the clinic opened in February 2011. This clinic is now serving approximately 500 patients each week. Support for this project has been supplied by a matching grant from Rotary International in partnership with Rotary International Clubs in Kigali, Rwanda, and Mount Vernon, WA.
Humanity for Children’s first clinic in Dunga, Kenya, was moved in 2010 for both political and access reasons to the village of Rota just on the other side of the major city of Kisumu. The Rota Dispensary/Clinic serves an area of 50,000 inhabitants in the western Kisumu area and serves as the flagship dispensary for the Kisumu Ministry of Health. The current site is operated by the Rota Village, the Ministry of Health, and Humanity for Children. It is housed in two buildings and serves over 75 people daily from the community.
It is considered a “model dispensary/clinic” due to its collaborative strategy, services rendered, and health needs met.
In 2007, HFC assisted one of Uganda’s best known pediatricians, Dr. James Tumwine, with establishing a health center in the western town of Kabale. HFC helped fund and restore two residences that would become the Kabale International Medical Centre. In 2008, HFC transitioned the clinic to Dr. Tumwine and his staff.