Our first satellite clinic in Tibouk has a new addition, a brand new wing that will house maternity and pediatrics services, in-patients rooms as well as space for a pharmacy and lab. We are in the process of collecting lab equipment, patients’ beds, and supplies.
Setting up and running Tibouk clinic:
About an hour’s drive from the main health center in the town of Borgne, HOPE operates the Tibouk clinic, which is physically located in the heart of the commune and significantly easier for the population to access. The review team witnessed first-hand how difficult it is to access Tibouk from the town of Borgne. In order to reach Tibouk from Borgne, the review team drove across a river that was not passable on the first day of the field visit due to the rise in water level because of heavy rains the night before. The second day, a truck had broken down making the road unpassable and the review team four wheel drive car was forced to go off the road to reach the river to drive through it. The review team was therefore able to reach the Tibouk clinic on the second day of the visit after driving over two low level rivers and rough terrain.
While the clinic building existed prior to ARC funding, it was in bad shape and was completely not operational. ARC funding contribute to building repairs, personnel and medications. The fact that the Tibouk clinic currently provides continuous services was frequently mentioned by staff as a key contribution of ARC funding. HOPE staff also credit the clinic with serving as the heart of the success of controlling the cholera outbreak in 2010/2011.
The clinic provides basic outpatient care, HIV/AIDs and STI testing, and perhaps most importantly pre-natal, delivery and post-natal care. This means that women are able to deliver in a medical facility without making the difficult trip to the main health center in Borgne. The clinic is staffed by both a medical doctor and nurse who rotate from the main health center to Tibouk on a weekly basis. In the last quarter (January-March 2014), the clinic provided services to 2,079 patients according to HOPE’s latest report.