Completion of Bocacosta Health Center

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From the 2012 Annual Report, which can be accessed here.

In 2011, Wuqu’ Kawoq purchased land and constructed a clinic building to serve our rapidly growing Bocacosta community health projects. The clinic has two large patient examination rooms as well as space for medication and a small diagnostic laboratory. This construction was made possible through the generosity of individual private donors.

In 2012, through the support of the Community Initiatives Program (Alberta, Canada), Rotary International District 5360, and the Rotary Club of Sylvan Lake, we are happy to announce that we have completed the second phase of our planned construction for this project. This second phase is an additional building which is freestanding from the clinic building. We wanted to construct this additional space in order to have a designated area for health classes and other community education projects that would not interfere with our clinical programs. In addition, we have made the space available to other organizations within our partner communities, who can now use it as a comfortable location for their own meetings and activities, at no cost.

In September 2012, the beneficiary communities organized an inaugural celebration for both the clinic and community building. This event united the entire community to mark the conclusion of the construction project. Officials from local government and public schools as well as hundreds of community members attended. There were speeches, traditional dances, food, and much good conversation.

Since conclusion of the celebration, both the clinic building as well as the community center have seen sustained use. Maintenance and oversight of both buildings is provided by the local women’s action committee, which collaborates closely with us in the development and evaluation of all of our clinical programs and outreach activities in the region. We are looking forward to plans this year to implement new programs based out of this facility, especially in the area of improved women’s health care through access to family planning services, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections and screening for cervical cancer.