The Social Investment Fund has increasingly gained attention for its capacity to support poor communities, especially in the context of scaling up efforts to reduce poverty. In line with this support, the SIF has selected the Natinga community for the construction of a Rural Clinic with potable water under the IRDP.
Natinga is a farming community in the Nanumba South District. It is located across the River Oti in an area popularly known as ‘over seas’. The community has one primary school, one functioning borehole but no health facility. The nearest heath facility is located at Pudua which is about 30km away. The other health facility where people from Natinga access health care services is at Damanko in Nkwanta North District of the Volta Region and a distance of 25km. Apparently, access to quality health care in this community is a challenge.
On the other hand, the location of Natinga makes it more difficult to reach with our support. For example, to access Natinga from Wulensi, the District capital, one would have to go to Bimbilla, cross the Oti River at Asafoache, continue to Lahito, Chichagi, Pudua, Woribogu (Zabzugu District) and to Natinga, a distance of 80km. The other route is to go to Damanko, (Nkwanta North District) cross the Moala River, get to Egamboya, Kanjo Kura and finally arrive at Natinga, a distance of 60km on feeder roads. Again, if one wants to avoid crossing a river in order to get to Natinga, then one would have to travel from Wulensi to Yendi, Zabzugu, Woribogu and finally Natinga, a distance of about 320km.
Notwithstanding the above, the SIF in its effort to reduce poverty through the provision of resources to the poor communities on a demand-driven basis, targeted the community and it is about to construct a clinic with potable water for them.
The purpose of the project is to bring health delivery services to the door step of the community members.
The Project also seeks to achieve the following:
- Provide a safe environment for delivery of pregnant women.
- Reduce to barest minimum the distance, cost, and risk of transporting sick and pregnant to distant health facilities.
- Reduce from 8 to 0 fistula cases in the community that are due to protracted labour.
It is expected that these interventions would bring immense relief to the people of the community and thereby improve upon their quality of life.