Ganguel Maka Maternity Ward
Project Launch: 11/22/17
The Health Committee of Ganguel Maka aims to build a maternity ward at the local health post to better serve the maternal and child health of the local community. Currently, all maternal healthcare is handled in one health post building. The building has the floorplan of a house and is not optimized for medical care. The facilities are in poor condition and with the growing population boom, are insufficient for a health post that serves over 5500 people. In addition, with only consultation room, the ICP (Infirmiere Chef de Poste) must handle both regular patients and pregnant women coming for prenatal visits. With so many people coming in, waiting times regularly exceed one hour. This can deter women from conducting these crucial visits for both their own health and that of their child. This project seeks to improve maternal and child health outcomes by developing the necessary infrastructure to facilitate the well-being of birthing mothers and their newborns.
Project Update: 3/12/18
The maternity ward is coming along steadily. This past weekend, the masons began taking down the planks and supports that had been holding up the roof the last two weeks. All that remains is the interior walls for the bathroom, mortar covering, and installation of doors and windows.
“Progress is ongoing. The work has been slower than intended but we are nearing completion. It has been great to see the community come together.”
– Guillaume, Peace Corps Volunteer
“This project is good for Ganguel Maka and will help the village. The work is not easy.
Working with the community is not easy but their contribution has a lot of importance. Members of the community helped when we did the roof and foundation and without them, we could not have done the work.
The mason, Djiby, is a good person and has no problems. His work is good.”
– Harouna, Project Leader
“What you (Guillaume) and your organization (World Connect) are doing is good. The maternity ward will make our village a better place. It is a beautiful building.
Hamidy/Guillaume is a good person because he built this. Other villages that have volunteers don't get this. Everyone in the village is happy about this.”
– Aly, Project Participant
“What your doing is good. We did not have a good maternity before and now we will. And we also now have a sage femme.
We do not have the means here but you helped us beg for help from your country. They sent money and helped us.”
– Houleye, Project Participant
“Hamidy Aly/Guillaume is good. Peace Corps is good. The other organization (World Connect) is good. What your are doing is good. You came here, got to know our village and our problems and helped us. What you decided to do is not easy. It is complicated.
In a little bit of time, we will have a new pharmacy, salle de consultation and delivery rooms. We will have a sage femme and our health post will be a good post. ”
– Faty, Project Participant
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