Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The Joshua Health Clinic

The construction of the Joshua clinic began in 2008. With local people working side by side with volunteers from the UK. The fantastic bunch of people involved included 45 Royal Bank of Scotland employees who not worked hard to complete the project from foundations to roof, but also helped raise over £60,000 to do so.

Their work was then supported by a number of smaller groups of Quest and Inspire volunteers who helped with the rendering, plastering, painting, and construction of the auxiliary buildings such as doctors housing.

In 2010 Joshua Orphan and Community Care opened its new maternity, HIV and health centre in Pensulo, serving a wide area and a population of over 40,000. The clinic provides expectant mothers with maternity services as well as treating common diseases such as malaria, pneumonia and HIV/AIDS. Previously the closest clinic had been 8 miles away in Blantyre – too far for people to
get to easily.

It also promotes family planning and acts as an education centre. In 2012 electricity reached the clinic after years of hard work and women no longer have to give birth by candlelight.

Over the years the clinic has proved to be a valuable lifeline to people living in this impoverished rural area.