2,610 health encounters delivered at Wasparani Community Health Center in 2012
The Wasparani Community Health Center was inaugerated in June 2011. Since that Celebration Day, the facility has served a growing region with increasingly diverse services. Recently, Director for Community Health with PREDISAN Frank Lopez commented on the impact of this facility.
This new facility has been a critical addition to this rural isolated zone and was licensed by the ministry of health for the first time since primary care health services were initiated in a wooden hut 10 years ago. Without this new facility, the zone would not have been able to obtain this license and receive the benefits rewarded to centers meeting government regulations for health care service delivery.
Not only are more encounters provided by medical staff, but new patients coming from these remote areas have increased by over 20% to include 93% of the total population receiving basic and essential health services. The new center has established more reliability, credibility, and is an attraction to the families that dot the mountainsides with their homesteads.
With a focus on early childhood development (children under 5 years old), the center sets a goal to see every child during the year to administer public health monitoring, immunization, and consultation. Children under five years of age represent 17% of the population of this entire zone, a rapidly growing population in the sector of Wasparani. 205 children were programmed to receive these services in 2012, yet 251 children were seen by PREDISAN staff. This reflects the extensive area migrating towards this community health center from remote jungle regions seeking primary health care services including undocumented families uncounted in the government population census.
Partnership between Third Lens and PREDISAN to share the love of Christ is only beginning to impact a new generation. We celebrate the grains of sand contributed and the opportunity to join the work God is carrying out to advance the kingdom.