'Upendo Unaojali' (Tender Love) - broadening of the modern pre- and post-natal mother and child healthcare with the expansion of the hospitalization base in health center in Kiabakari.
The project was implemented by the Kiabakari Foundation in cooperation with the Catholic parish Kiabakari. Since 2007 the parish has been runing the Health Center created with the use of subsidies from the Polish development assistance programme. In the framework of the project implemented by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Nairobi in 2012, a professional delivery room with necessary equipment was opened. Unfortunately, due to women’s malnutrition and general poor health as well as lack of appropriate care during pregnancy, many newborns require additional treatment. Therefore, it became necessary to open an intensive care unit for newborns and to take care of mothers-to-be through opening a gynecologist’s office and a room for mothers after labour. Due to the growing number of inhabitants of Kukirango commune and patients seeking medical aid in the center, it became necessary to increase the number of medical specializations in order to provide comprehensive care in line with contemporary standards.
In the framework of the project, the existing rooms were adapted for the needs of intensive care unit for babies and mothers after labour, and a gynecologist’s office. A new building was built, in which hospitalization wards for children and adults, and antituberculotic office were opened. All units were equipped with nurse stations, toilets and necessary equipment (for instance, cardiotocograph, gynecological chair, oxygen monitor, infusion pump, cardiac monitor) and furniture (beds, mattresses, cabinets). An automated external defibrillator, which will be used to save patients in a case of cardiac arrest. All workers of the center (12 people) were trained in obstetric-neonatological care and care for hospitalized patients as well as in operating purchased equipment.
The project also included a global education component, in the frame of which a photo exhibition showing living conditions, which Tanzanian parents have to deal with, and a work of local medical staff was presented. Workshops for children and their parents were also held. The project was implemented since 1 March 2013 till the end of December 2013.