My major project at Malamulo hospital has been to create a usable space for impoverished youth in the my area. Our youth are at extremely high risk for contracting HIV due in part to the lack of HIV education, issues with female empowerment, and stigma behind receiving health care. The Malamulo Youth Friendly Services Center will offer a variety of medical and educational services to our youth. The center will provide education sessions, games, and other activities for young people to participate in so that they may become comfortable with the staff and environment. We will offer medical services such as family planning methods, counseling on safe sex practices, crisis and rape counseling, providing HIV testing and counseling, and prenatal care. There will also be a female empowerment curriculum offered to girls in the community.
Several Malamulo nurses have been trained in Youth Service delivery and are prepared to donate their time and knowledge to staff the center 24 hours a day. Their dedication to the project has truly been an inspiration to me.
So far we have identified three rooms to use; I am in the process of acquiring materials to renovate, furnish and stock these rooms
This is our beginning... still a long way to go!!
|Tearing everything out and will create a small lecture/activity hall|
|Wanted to make this into a bathroom, but, alas, no funds|
|This will be our two medical exam rooms|