Usisya clinic

The clinic is 20km east of Urambo with the benefit of a tarmac road. It was built by the village residents with help from Urambo District Council. It opened in 1989 and now serves a local population of over 15,000 people.

As well as general outpatient services the clinic provides a good range of maternity services, also Immunisation and Child Health care. HIV programmes include Testing and Counselling and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission. It is planned that in the near future the clinic will be able to offer laboratory services.

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The official government staff roll for this clinic is 15 so the current two nurses and one attendant are kept very busy. They also receive support from a number of local volunteers for outreach work. There are some but insufficient bicycles for the outreach work. These are often stolen en route to communities so staff are saving for a motorbike.

Within the single building are rooms for consultations and treatment with smaller rooms for pharmacy, HIV counselling, vaccinations and maternal deliveries.

There is mains electricity though no solar backup. Water comes from a rainwater harvesting tank and an unreliable borehole supply whose salty water damages equipment.