CBR and Kamanga Health Centre update

Neema continues to ride her motorbike into the remotest parts of the Nyamatongo ward. The number of people with disabilities (PWDs) that she and her Community Based Rehabilitation colleague have attended to last month has been 182. They have observed the following types of disabilities in the Nyamatongo ward:

  • Autism
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Dwarfism
  • Epilepsy, 
  • Hearing impairments
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intellectual Impairments
  • Mental illness
  • Physical impairments
  • Visual impairments

The most common ailments which Neema and her colleague found within many PWD were:

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Malnutrition (especially in children)
  • Pain (due to physical impairments)
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia)
  • Tinea Capitis (ring worms of the scalp)
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Vaginal candidiasis
  • Worm infestation

The variety of treatments that Neema, our  Clinical Officer, gave included prescribing medication, dressing wounds, giving out nutritional advice, and following up people who are recommended a new nutritional regime, including the regular  measurements of their body weight. Her colleague Hemed, as Occupational Therapist, has found that parents of children with disabilities have been so happy to receive advice about how best to exercise their children’s limbs. He has found that all parents have followed the exact physical therapies that he has directed and that the children have shown some improvements in their mobility.

The CBR program has also been able to fund the making of assistive devices for physical therapies, which Hemed has been able to give to parents to use for the support of children with severe physical impairments. 

Donate now and help us continue to offer care to people with disabilities in the Nyamatongo ward.

The Health Centre has also seen an amazing first quarter.

During the period of January 2018 to March 2018  Kamanga Health Centre received  2032 patients,  867 of which have been children under the age of five years old.

Also during this period, 41 antenatal attendees were seen and 31 safe deliveries were conducted in the centre’s delivery rooms.

The number one most tested for ailment was malaria with 588 patients and the second most tested for ailment was  leutocyte esterase, an indicator that the patient has a Urinary Tract Infection.

Kamanga Health Centre and the CBR program are two of Cedar Tanzania’s most successful projects. Although we run the health centre in partnership with the government who contribute towards it, the centre still relies on external funding and is in need of continuous financial support.  Donate now.