The health of the children in this region is threatened in many ways—by parasites, malaria, impetigo, vitamin deficiency and poor nutrition. The ARC clinic staffed by a healthcare team from our partner, SAME, ensures good health for the children.
Developing the clinic was a collaborative effort with partners throughout the community. We painted one of the old classrooms and added a desk, a supply cabinet and some chairs. A local business donated new blinds for the windows. And when the medical team and volunteers arrived from South African Medical Expeditions (SAME), Nhlengelo Primary School had a new clinic ready to provide healthcare services.
The on-site clinic at the Nhlengelo provides weekly healthcare services for the students. Each child is given an assessment, daily vitamin regimen, anti-parasite medication and treatment for any routine or minor medical issues. The SAME staff refers the little patients with more serious problems to area physicians or social service agencies that offer the treatment or therapy required. The team also meets with caregivers to discuss the health issues involving the children in their care.
Already the clinic has a few success stories. One five-year-old with developmental delays, which impaired his mobility and prevented him from learning to speak, has been referred for a full assessment and physical therapy treatment that he had never received before. The granny of a small child whose chronic case of impetigo was treated at the clinic showed up to tell the nurse that the sores had never stayed away for so long.