Project Location: Mbinga, Tanzania
Project Type: Health
Project Code: TMM1218


Background:
The Vincentian Congregation was started in Mbinga in 1960 by German missionaries.

Chalice community projects - maternity hospital, Mbinga, TanzaniaToday Mbinga has 250 local Tanzanian sisters serving the poor and vulnerable in the village dispensaries, schools, orphanages, etc. St. Vincent's Dispensary is owned by the Congregation of Vincentian Sisters of Mercy of St. Vincent de Paul. It was a small dispensary which served the people of Mbinga for many years. In 2015 it was renovated to add more facilities, allowing them to improve services to the community. This led to a huge increase in the number of patients (100-150 per day) at the dispensary seeking treatment for ailments such as malaria, diarrhea, urinary tract infection (UTI), skin infection, pneumonia, etc.

In 2017 the government classified St. Vincent's Dispensary as a health center permitting the sisters to increase and improve their services like admitting pregnant mothers for delivery. Unfortunately their current building doesn't have the room to house a proper maternity ward with an operation theater so they began fundraising to build a separate maternity ward. They have already started the foundation work of the new building and built up the walls. Without the assistance of Chalice, the sisters will not be able to complete the building.

Chalice community project - Mbinga, Tanzania, maternity hospitalLocated in a remote area, the health center provides services to over 200,000 residents. The area currently has no maternity hospital to serve the poor; this new facility will allow the sisters to provide prenatal care, safe delivery and postnatal care to reduce the number of preventable deaths for infants and mothers.

Project Objective: The main goal of this project is to provide professional, safe and effective maternity services and strengthen maternal, newborn and child health for communities living in areas around Mbinga, Tanzania. The funds provided will be used to finish the construction of the clinic and purchase the equipment and furniture required to run the clinic.

The hospital will also proivde a room and resources to train expecting parents in maternal health, baby care and nutrition during and after pregnancy. This program will ensure new mothers are knowledgeable about infant and child nutrition, as well as maternal nutrition to ensure good prenatal development.

Impact:
  • Reduced infections and deaths among women during delivery
  • Reduced newborn deaths
  • Reduced mortality rates among children under the age of 5
  • Healthy mothers and healthy babies and children.
Budget in Canadian Funds: $219,304.00

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Please note that any donations that exceed the request will be used to fund other Community Projects and Programs that may arise.
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