For more than 40 years, the Bushulo Health Center has served the southern Ethiopian provincial capital of Hawassa and the surrounding rural areas as an important primary Health Care Centre. Its excellent reputation and, in particular, the Safe Motherhood Programme, which has been improving maternal and child health as an outreach programme for 15 years, led to the decision to expand the health centre into the first Mother-Child Specialty Clinic for Southern Ethiopia after a comprehensive evaluation. A milestone that could be realised thanks to funding from the Ursula Zindel-Hilti Foundation.
In a first step, a high-quality, 4,000 square metre new building with four operating theatres, a maternity ward, neonatology and departments for gynaecology and paediatrics with a total of 69 beds was built from 2017-2021. The modern building, based on the highest quality, was successfully implemented despite the political tensions and unrest and also in the difficult Corona year of 2020, and will be completed by the end of 2021. The Bushulo Hospital, built and established through the commitment of the FMM Sisters and the Diocese of Hawassa, will become a footprint project for medical care and improvement of living conditions for disadvantaged families.
In future, high-quality basic health services for girls, women and children will be offered here. In addition, the centre will be a "centre of excellence" for education and training. This includes medical training, seminars and courses as well as internships in various technical fields (building services, gardening, kitchen, cleaning, etc.).
The promotion of girls and women in the surrounding communities through support programmes is also to be strengthened in cooperation with other organisations, also funded by the UZHF. With the establishment of a Community Centre and programmes to empower needy families, girls and women in the surrounding communities, Bushulo will also consolidate its importance as an important part of the community structure.
Learn more about the Mother & Child Speciality Center.