Amount of grant approved (£) : 4,180
Year of grant : 2015
TDT has helped bring healthcare to this area by funding solar power for the dispensary and the doctor’s house. As a result, the local authority confirmed they will post a doctor to the house to serve the community.
The addition of solar power means that emergencies can be dealt with after dark, and the fridge containing medicines can be powered. The dispensary serves a population of 2,596 in a remote area, and the new doctor will bring much needed medical expertise and treatment.
In November 2014 TDT Project Officer Kevin Curley visited the Lubalisi village clinic. It was a hard 8 hours’ round trip through the mountains by motorbike from Nkonkwa.
Kevin met the village EO, the chair of the health clinic committee (Shabani Idi) and some local people. The clinic was completed and the doctor’s house nearby was nearing completion. The DMO confirmed that the house will be completed and a doctor posted to the village if solar power was installed.
The house was close enough to the clinic to be supplied with solar power as well. Electricity also means that emergencies can be dealt with after dark and the fridge containing medicines can be powered. The clinic serves a population of 2,596 in a remote area.
In April 2015 Asheri Stephen, the Director of NGO Inua Jamii (‘The Uplifting of the Community’), with three of his members, made the arduous journey by boat and motor bike from Kigoma, carrying the solar panels, batteries and other equipment through the mountains to Lubalisi. The solar power system is now installed in the village clinic and the doctor’s house next door. The promised arrival of a doctor is awaited.