One of the objectives in the logical framework of EMINI is to expand and rehabilitate the existing Assistant Medical Officer School (AMO School), so that health care workers for the selected EMINI communities can be trained there and if proven successful this system could be expanded to the whole region. In Mbeya the AMO School is in a much defined space on the grounds of the Mbeya Referral Hospital. To turn the AMO School into a functional and practical training centre it was decided to add three additional classrooms to the compound including some office space for the school. The Principal of the AMO School who was very much involved in the decision making, obtained approval from the MoH to go ahead with the planned construction and the Tanzanian Building Agency (TBA) worked on the design and bill of quantities.
At the same time Mbeya was upgraded to a Zonal Training Centre (ZTC) and the Principal of the AMO School is the new Principal of the ZTC. Thus, the extension was very much welcome and classrooms can also be used for zonal purposes.
On the 10th March 2006 the building was completed and the inauguration of the building took place on the 23rd March 2006. A donation/handover was signed by the Principal of the AMO School and the Project manager of EMINI. Since the inauguration of the building it has been used on a regular basis for the AMO School as well as for the ZTC; several EMINI training/refresher courses have been held there up to date.
The aim is to establish a network of community sites with rehabilitated health care facilities. During the site selection process one of the selection criteria was the presence of a Government health facility in the ward.
unities and any necessary local support was assured. Every dispensary was visited by an EMINI staff team and building structure and necessary rehabilitation was assessed by a qualified building engineer. The rehabilitation of the health facilities should roughly take place at the same time as the first population survey. As we started the survey at Igurusi site, the first rehabilitations were in Mbarali dispensary with only minor renovations (basically repainting of the health facility) and Uhambule dispensary where the rehabilitation included the demolishing and rebuilding of the dispensary and the staff house. Two improved ventilated pit latrines were constructed at the same time.
Local contributions are no pre-condition for the rehabilitation of the dispensaries.
However they are encouraged and very welcome. The money saved through contributions of the beneficiaries (eg through bricks or water) will be deducted from the contractors bill and will be used to further upgrade the facility.At the end of year one, Mbarali dispensary was painted and Uhambule dispensary 90% completed. Presently preparations for the rehabilitation of Isangati dispensary are under way. After that, EMINI is planning to start rehabilitation in Mlowo dispensary.Uhambule Dispensary being rehabilitated