Solar Panels | Rumbek, South Sudan
The installation of a solar pumped water and power system at the Loreto Primary Health care centre in Rumbek has improved the hygiene and security of the clinic, allowing for internal water taps, flushing toilets and saving staff from fetching water from other locations. Refrigeration means cold storage vaccines are now housed in the clinic increasing immunisations in local children. Electrical diagnostic equipment can now be used, supporting increased accuracy and speed in diagnoses. “The installation of solar power has really made our work much easier in the clinic as nurses. Because of the presence of electricity as nurses, we can attend to emergencies in the evening hours or night which is a great advantage.” ~Nurse, Ms Gloria
Agri-Business | Ostico, Timor-Leste
Aiming to improve income opportunities and employment in Timore-Leste, the Agri-Business Project supported the purchase of farming equipment, including a tractor, for the villages of Ostico and Gari-Uai. The tractor arrived in Ostico in January and was blessed in a February celebration. According to our in-country partner, it has been booked by local farmers since then. Farmers are anticipating improved productivity thanks to the tractor increasing both the quality and quantity of the produce they grow, including corn, sweet potato and tomatoes. The local agricultural school has organised training for effective use of the tractor and the community have expressed gratitude and excitement for the opportunities the tractor will create.
Ultrasound Upgrade | Lukulu, Zambia
The new ultrasound machine in Lukulu, funded jointly by MWIA and Kindermissionwerk(Germany), continues to benefit the community with radiographers examining 20-25 patients daily. Accurate diagnoses have improved thanks to the new machine’s increased image resolution. The attachments on the new machine enable a greater range of investigation of issues such as thyroid problems or hernias which were not possible on the older machine. Happily, the maternity ward is also making good use of the ultrasound during prenatal care in the hope of improving baby and maternal mortality rates in the local region.
Feature Image: Hospital workers at the Loreto Primary Health care centre in Rumbek using the solar powered pump.