Mulungwishi Maternity and Health Center
Mulungwishi is a mission station in Katanga Province that is accessible by road. Most patients arrive at the health center by food, bicycle or motor bike
The maternity and health center serves a population of 8,490 in the surrounding communities. This is an extremely impoverished area. Subsistence farming and small commercial trade and subsistence farming are the primary sources of income for most villagers. The closest reference hospital is 20 miles away at Likasi and serves a population of 800,000 as it is near a railroad and the mines.
One doctor and a staff of 16, including nurses, technicians and administrative support, manage Mulungwishi Maternity Health Center. The primary health departments include general internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology.
The most common illnesses treated at the hospital include malaria; malnutrition; acute and chronic respiratory diseases, including tuberculosis; anemia, hypertension and HIV/AIDS.
Ten volunteer community health workers reach out to communities throughout the area. Clinics held at the hospital and in local communities teach about and treat chronic and preventable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and malnutrition.
Needs at Mulungwishi
The work at Mulungwishi continues in spite of pressing needs for medication, equipment and repairs to the facility. The staff and volunteers stay focused on the need to provide health care for people who would otherwise go without.
How You Can Help
In such a challenging environment, the need for increased assistance is urgent. If you are interested in meeting specific needs at Mulungwishi Maternity Health Center, contact UMCOR Health.