HERSILL | NEWS | CSR | DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION | 15 JUNE 2023
The Recover Foundation, through the Hospitals for Africa programme, works towards a sustainable health model in sub-Saharan Africa and seeks to provide a dignified and quality service in this area, focusing on the population and patients based on two pillars: health centres that have a sustainable and scalable model of management and action and local professionals, enabled, trained and supported to lead the self-management of their centres.
The Catholique Mère Nazaria Health Centre in Cameroon did not have adequate laboratory equipment to perform extractions, bacteriological and parasitological (microscope) and biochemical analyses on all its patients.
In this sense, the Recover Foundation has launched a project to support the CSI Catholique Mère Nazaria centre with the purchase of equipment and essential materials for carrying out preventive, diagnostic and treatment-response analyses for patients treated at the centre.
This health center could not carry out diagnostic tests with appropriate consumables and equipment, an essential tool for providing quality health care to the population. This is compounded by the lack of training of laboratory staff who were not sufficiently skilled to perform their duties. Both aspects have a direct impact on the quality of the services offered by the centre.
Thanks to the collaboration of Hersill as a financier of the project, it enabled the purchase in Cameroon of a hematology apparatus, a 12-tube centrifuge and laboratory consumables and reagents, among other materials. The acquisition will involve a direct annual benefit for 1,894 people and an indirect benefit for 8,537 people.
In addition, this acquisition was complemented by the stay of a Recover Foundation volunteer, Kristina Babenhauserheide, who trained the laboratory service professionals at the centre. In this way, in addition to providing a better and more reliable laboratory service, it is expected that the skills of the centre’s staff will be improved. In the long term, an increase in the number of patients attending the hospital will be achieved.
We want to emphasize that such partnerships are necessary to achieve access to quality and future-proof health care for all people in Africa.