From October 7 till October 14, 2009, together with two donors who wish to remain anonymous, Jacqueline and Hanne visited the Matata Hospital in Oyugis in Kenya.
After a long and fatiguing trip, especially for the not so very young donors, we were greeted very cordially by Dr John Malago at the airport of Kisumu and brought by car to Oyugis.
The Matata Foundation supports Matata Hospital financially and delivers products in kind, as in the August 2009 shipment of Lucron Bioproducts. Surgeon Dr Malago has created Matata Hospital.
The exploitation of this hospital is largely dependent on private donations as from the Netherlands. The treatment of mothers and children is only partially reimbursed by health insurance. Half of the patients is due to the high poverty unable to pay the premium and is not insured.
Since the Matata Hospital is a private hospital, Dr Malago receives no budget from the government on staff costs. The Kenyan Government provides: AIDS drugs for adults, anti-malaria pills, vaccinations, birth control pills and condoms.
Dr Malago is working from 7:00 to 23:00 hours in the hospital and is also concerned with the education and training of volunteers (Community Health Workers) for the basic healthcare and HIV / AIDS prevention. During our visit, 17 successful CHW trainees received diplomas, uniforms, badges, plastic bags and boxes with basic medicines and disinfectant. The training of the CHW’s is funded by Wereld Nood Hulp (World Emergency Aid), see Project Education and training for the volunteers.
Dr Malago and his staff deliver medical care in the rural communities where never a doctor appeared. His ambition is to establish small clinics to provide medical care.
You might feel the joy of the people when a couple of month ago the donors declared to take account of the construction and furnishing of the Kimonge Dispensary. There was gratitude and joy at the solemn opening of the clinic on October 12, 2009.
Official opening of Kimonge Dispensary
Beds in the clinic
By the establishment of this clinic, the basic health care is guaranteed for 24 hours a day guaranteed. The clinic has three nurses, two are paid by the Kenyan government; a fourth nurse is paid by the community.
The donors, Hanne and Jacqueline also visited Angino, far inland, where, one day per month, three nurses from the Matata Hospital give medical assistance in a region of 200,000 people. The great poverty and the conditions under which these people live are beyond description. Converted to Dutch standards, 100 GPs should be available. Here, there is not even one.
The old Tala Dispensary in Angino
Basic health care in open air
2004, the construction of the Tala Dispensary started; there’s no money for completion.
This lack of medical care made the travelling donors decide to finance the completion and furnishing of the Tala Dispensary. Great was the joy and delight of the residents when the donors announced this commitment on the spot. A gratifying consequence is that by these private initiatives the Kenyan government is encouraged to contribute to improve the infrastructure in the district and the living conditions of the people.
At the opening of the Kimonge Clinic, the Kenyan MP Mr Joseph Oyugi Magwanga was present. In his speech he promised that by the end of 2009 the Kimonge clinic will be connected to the electricity net. Mr Joseph Oyugi’s main portfolio is concerned with health care, infrastructure improvement and secondary education.
Mr Oyugi was so kind to offer the donors a night over in his apartment in the government building, so they did not have to spend a night at the airport in Nairobi. Jacqueline and Hanne have spent the night in the VIP lounge of the Kenyan government; they were introduced to the Prime Minister Mr Musalia Mudavadi. So, they were offered a great opportunity to promote the objectives of the Matata Foundation.
Being volunteers, the Foundation board would very much like to stress that Jacqueline and Hanne paid the travel costs and expenses themselves. The donors also paid their own travel and accommodation. Funds donated to the Matata Foundation are entirely allocated to the Matata Hospital.
This report is written by the accompanying donor.