Nurse Clinic and Other KVNC-USA Projects
Education and self-sufficiency are the primary mission of KVNC-USA. However, we also try to meet other village needs. We began, with help from Bucks County Links and DOD shipping , by donating books, school supplies, school furniture and computers to Kuntu. In 2007 we responded to a shortage of safe drinking water. In 2008 we obtained surgery for a young boy with a serious cleft palate. In 2008 and 2009, the graduated scholars painted the Kuntu primary and nursery school buildings which had not been painted for 50 years. In 2014, a full-time live-in community nurse clinic was commissioned in Kuntu
Kuntu Community Nurse Clinic
Health care was a major problem in Kuntu. Malaria is very common and "taken for granted". Mothers need pre-natal, birthing and early childhood care. Minor injuries are commonly not treated. Villagers need education in family planning, contraception, safe sex, sanitation, nutrition and other health issues. Kuntu is over 2 miles from the main road and about 10 miles to the nearest hospital in Saltpond. Since no one in the village owns a car, in case of serious injury or illness, it is necessary to call for an ambulance or taxi from Saltpond. Kuntu village Nkosohen Committee-USA with Bucks County Chapter of Links, Inc. and advice from Dr. Versie Johnson-Mallard, a board certified Womens' Health Nurse Practitioner at the University of South Florida, planned a community nurse clinic to Kuntu.
African Footprints International, a Danish NGO, offered to build a mud-brick clinic building in 2011 but had financial and construction difficulties. Nana Amoesi, a retired Kuntu sub-chief with construction management experience, designed a clinic building with separate nurse living quarters. In August 2013, using communal labor and Kuntu craftsman, workers and management, we cleared land and poured the foundation for a cement block clinc. Bucks County Links pledged $15,000 to complete the building.
In February 2014, Mr. Hayfron, the Mfantseman district chief executive, said that they would construct a complete clinic with nurse quarters. The village will use the foundation that was begun in 2013 for another purpose.
On 6 December 2014, the Kuntu community nurse clinic was commissioned, 2 live-in community nurses were posted and although under equipped, the nurses moved-in and opened the clinic for business. Bucks County Links donated $3000 for basic clinic equipment and supplies. The clinic is managed by a 5-person Kuntu committee headed by Queen Mother, Nana Obo Montoa II. Villagers pay for services with their universal health insurance cards. Part of the income is returned to the community for necessary supplies and other expenses.