Sanitary conditions are presented as one of the major problems we find in Newlands. In a radius of 20 kilometers there is no health center to which the inhabitants of the town can go to receive a diagnosis. Apart from the remoteness and expense of transportation that this implies, in the nearest hospitals a consultation has a cost similar to a month’s salary. On the other hand the hygiene conditions in which they live, the lack of access to potable water, as well as the absence of medicines propitiate the propagation of infectious and gastrointestinal diseases among others. Born to Learn seeks to broaden the scope of action, not limited to the students of the school, but to provide health coverage to the entire community. That is why the project for the construction of the dispensary is born.
The main objective is to improve the health conditions of Newlands residents by facilitating rapid and quality health care, increased access to and control of medicines, and follow-up of a medical history to expedite medical practice. Other objectives include the most specific attention to children and women of reproductive age, the monitoring and control of pregnancy or the reduction of the incidence of infectious diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, malaria, malnutrition, etc. We also aim to get the community to acquire hygienic measures and healthy habits as habits integrated into their lifestyle, acquiring a culture of prevention and health care.
In order to give continuity to the different projects, the clinic would consist of various spaces for primary, dental, ophthalmological, gynecological and neonatal care, as well as areas for the analysis of clinical trials, storage of medicines and medical material, waiting rooms and toilets.