HEALTH

The opening of the first maternity clinic in 2008 marked a significant step in improving the well-being of some of the communities' most vulnerable people. Similar to community projects supported by the Manda Wilderness Community Trust, the maternity clinic involved local villagers in first identifying and then fulfilling their most urgent needs.

Working closely with seven committees, the district health officer and the District Administrator, 16,000 bricks were made in collaboration with seven different villages. Approximately six tonnes of sand and a similar amount of stone were transported by the local church and women's groups while school children helped to carry the bricks to the building site. The US Embassy in Maputo paid for 100 bags of cement, roofing irons, door hinges, paint, nails and screws.

The Trust, with the help of private donations including funds raised in several churches in the UK, purchased and paid transportation for local building materials such as wood and was able to cover all the skilled labour costs.

Dr. Peg Cumberland, a British doctor who has lived and worked in Mozambique for over a decade, has supported and run an extensive community based health care system for many years in the Manda Wilderness region. Programs include extensive training for community health volunteers, basic health care, midwifery and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.