Nora Sturges Health Centre, Angola
The Nora Sturges Health Centre in Lobito, Angola was opened in August 2003 by Bishop Graham Dow in memory of his late mother-in-law who was a doctor. Lobito is a busy port on the Atlantic Coast, near Benguela and around 300km south of the capital Luanda.
The Centre is run by Revd Antonio Domingos who is also a provincial inspector for health. It has 6 other members of staff and offers health provision to many who live in the area of Esperanca in Lobito municipality. The centre is overseen by Mr Silva Jose from the Angolan Diocese Department for Community Development Projects. The healthcare system in Angola is struggling and the population faces huge health challenges of malaria, cholera, yellow fever, HIV and with chronic shortages of clinics, hospitals and trained staff. Despite its wealth Angola still has one of the highest infant mortality rates and one of the world’s lowest life expectancies.
Although the Health Centre receives no support from the Angolan government and its only income is gifts from the UK, it does all it can to make a difference in this area of Lobito. But if it is to be effective it needs a reliable income on a monthly basis to pay for staff wages, drugs, medical supplies. An independent review of the clinic in autumn 2016 showed that the clinic needed more support, training, resources and funding to better meet the needs of the local people. It has begun some refurbishment and it has bigger future plans but it is in desperate need of more funding to enable this to happen.
A recent trustee visit in July 2018 saw the beginnings of rehabilitation for the clinic and going forward MANNA will initiate fundraising for new medical equipment, furniture and medication costing in the region of US$14,000.
The Centre and its dedicated staff are desperately trying to make a difference in this very poor area of Lobito but they need help. MANNA is looking for partners to enable this work to thrive.