Kachumbala Health Centre 3 Maternity Unit now complete.
Official opening on Thursday 2nd November 2017.

Engineers for Overseas Development Ltd., a Cardiff based charity, working in partnership with HKS Architects and Cyfle Building Skills,
have just completed the construction of a £ 110,000 Maternity Unit for the Kachumbala Health Centre 3, in Uganda
following a challenge to the First Minister for Wales during his January 2014 visit to the Kachumbala area.

The scheme involved the design and construction of two labour suites, an eight bed ward and offices and stores
in an extension to a seven room Health Unit built in 1950, and now serving 55,000 people



The new Unit was designed by HKS Architects,
under their Citizen HKS scheme, and engineers from EFOD in Cardiff,
assisted by the maternity staff from Hywel Dda Health Authority.

The Unit was built by local workers supervised by apprentices
from the Cyfle Shared Apprenticeship scheme in South West Wales.

22 engineers and construction worker volunteers
made 32 trips in pairs, each lasting two weeks,
to work alongside local workers and pass on the skills
they have learned on their apprenticeship courses.

Construction of this new facility started in January 2015,
and when opened will provide a significant improvement
in maternity care for the women of Kachumbala, Bukedea, Uganda.

There are currently between three and five births a day
in just two rooms in a Health Centre built 65 years ago.
Mothers are advised to stay in the centre for at least 24 hours
after giving birth, but with only three recovery beds, some are sent home
when more than three babies arrive in any given day.



Existing delivery room.

New ward with beds awaiting assembly.


Built to Ugandan and Western standards, using passive ventilation,
solar powered lighting, rainwater harvesting,
and interlocking soil stabilised blocks
- reducing timber needed to fire clay bricks -
the new Maternity Unit will provide first class accommodation for mothers
and the four midwives and support staff who provide cover
in the Unit for 24 hours a day.

Midwife training has been provided by NHS Wales volunteer midwives
on short term trips to Uganda.

Ugandan Minister of Health Dr. Jane Aceng will open the new Unit on Thursday 2nd November
in the presence of 500 invitees including staff from EFOD, HKS, Cyfle and TAD Builders.

The scheme has been funded by grants from Wales Government, Citizen HKS,
and Welsh companies Cyfle Building Skills, EFOD, BPEC, CCTAL, TAD Builders, TRJ Ltd., Dawnus, CITB Wales and SFS.

Link to some of the 'History' of the Kachumbala venture.
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