The Cries of a Child opened Cornerstone Clinic in June 2016. The clinic provides primary care, emergency services, laboratory testing, pre/post natal, family planning and maternity services, vaccinations, community health education through medical outreaches and has an 18 bed hospitalization ward with an ambulance service in case of transfers. Our main focus is on maternal care and child survival and the clinic functions 24/7 with 2 doctors, 11 nurses and 10 support staff.
We believe by having a well-run, well-staffed, and well-stocked medical clinic in Bukeye we hope to do our best to strengthen the local health system by providing excellent services focused on primary care, child survival, and maternity care as the building blocks of improving the healthcare of the community, which will fill in some of the gaps that currently exist in the local health system. We believe that these practice areas are core to elevating the health of the population and to strengthening the foundations of the health system in Bukeye as a whole. We will seek the opportunity to work in partnership with the other nearby health centers and to establish ourselves as a center of training, innovation, and information sharing; so as to raise the level of care offered across the commune as a whole.
In June 2018, we opened a new program called Amagara Meza that offers free care for children under the age of 5 and pregnant mothers to give birth, on the surrounding two mountains with the vision to expand our reach in the near future. The mountains of Gahaga and Gaharo have a population of over 11,000 people, and is a region that is very poverty stricken. In the first 3 months, we treated 1,426 children under 5 in for free, and registered 172 pregnant mothers in the Amagara Meza program.
At Cornerstone Clinic, we believe in holistic care and pray with our patients, share the gospel and create an atmosphere of peace, healing and hope. We believe our actions of providing compassionate and excellent care expresses the love that God has for them. What an amazing opportunity to be able to encourage and treat people within the community who are sick, weary and in need of healing.
In the near future, we are building a Women’s Maternity wing which will dramatically increase our ability to open up to the broader community for maternal care. We will be able to provide comprehensive pre and post natal care, natural births as well as Cesarean sections for complications and neonatal services for premature babies. Simultaneously, we hope to continue developing our community health worker program to allow the clinic to reach further into the community.
Since 2016, we have partnered with LifeNet International for ongoing training, support and evaluation for our clinic and have also received tremendous support from World Medical Mission (Samaritan’s Purse) through the donation of two shipping containers full of medical equipment and supplies!