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Hamoon Clinic, Farah Province

hamoonProgress Report, 2015

Project Title: Hamoon Health Centre
Project Location: Farah
Donor: Planet Wheeler, CISDA Italy and SAWA-Australia (SA)
Beneficiaries: women and children
Funds received:
    US$49,950 from Planet Wheeler for the operating budget

Total expenses in six months: US$37,500
Allocation Period: June 2015 to June 2016
Reporting Period: June 2015 to December 2015
Date of writing the report: December 2015


Background

Hamoon Clinic or Health Center is a small health center with two main doctors: one nurse gynecologist and one medical and child specialist who together treat around 120 patients per day. All treatments are free including medicine and doctor consultation fee. The number of patients visiting the clinic is high but only a limited number of patients is registered for consultations per day.

OPAWC continued to find a skilled gynecologist for the clinic as it was needed the most but was again unsuccessful. As reported already in 2014, Farah is a remote province with little attention paid to education, health, economy etc. which makes it difficult to find a gynecologist in the province, and getting a qualified person from HErat or Kabul is beyond OPAWC's financial means. At the moment we solve the problem of very needy women by sending them to other cities such as Kabul or Heart.

OPAWC's plan for the Health Center is the etsblishment of a laboratory for blood testing, a physiotherapy room and an X-ray facility. We were able to establish one room as a laboratory but could not do for physiotherapy and X-ray due to lack of funds. We hope that in future we may be able to do so with the support of our kind and human loving donors and supporters.

Hamoon's laboratory became very important in the city within a short time. Before its estebalishment people used to go to Herat and Kandahar or even Kabul for a simple blood test, often borrowing money to cover the travel expenses to save their lives, but now they are happy to get their result in their own home town for free.

Opening of a blood laboratory and an ultrasound room in Hamoon and the operation of a well equipped ambulance brought a revolution for the poor people of Farah province, where a quarter of the population, particularly women, are addicted to drugs.

Recently Hamoon received a well equipped Ultrasound machine from its supporters in Australia, and this is another step to challenge ISIS and other fundamentalist parties that do not like to see progress for Afghanistan's women and a big step forward to serve the people of the province day by day. OPAWC has hired a qualified person who has started the operation of the machine and more and more patients ar coming to this section now. OPAWC and staff in Hamoon and its patients express their love and thanks to all loving supporters.

Activities during 2015

This year Hamoon had to renew its registration with the Ministry of Public Health. The registration was renewed, and the Directory of Public Health in Farah is very happy with the operation of Hamoon and appreciates its reliable operation in this needy province. The Evaluation team of the Public Health in Farah visits Hamoon every 15 days and advises the personnel how to work in according to the policies of the Ministry of Health. Sometime Hamoon receive some types of medicines like those whose date of expiry is near such as Multivitamins ect and Hamoon distribute to needed patients.

Hamoon's administrator Abdul Jalil participated in a workshop on HIV arranged by the Directory of Public Health in Farah province. After successful participation in the workshop he held a workshop in Hamoon for patients and staff.

The worsening security situation in Farah menat that OPAWC's monitoring team could not go to Farah for evaluation during 2015. But OPAWC's main office organised phone calls and a Skype meeting with its personnel, who were afraid of ISIS more than the Taliban. The staff were happy with the laboratory, ultrasound, solar electricity system and ambulance and asked OPAWC to try the physiotherapy and X-ray section as well. The would like to receive more medicine and increase the number of daily registrations. They also asked for an increase in their salaries, but our team told them that OPAWC will try its best but cannot promise anything for time being.