The Nata Clinic is responsible for health care delivery to the 6,000 residents of Nata and the surrounding villages. More than 12,000 people rely on the services of the clinic. The clinic also oversees the three remote health outposts of Maposa, Manxotai, and Sepako. The outposts are reached by dirt/sand track and the farthest is 36 miles away. The clinic is so busy that it is often referred to as a hospital. The closest general hospital is 60 miles away and the closest surgical hospital is 120 miles away. The clinic consists of two main buildings. The 1st building has two consultation rooms, one room for wound dressing changes, pharmacy, and an office. The 2nd building consists of a 3 bed ward, 2 bed delivery room and a 4 bed post delivery/recovery room. There is also a trailer where the PMTCT (Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission) Lay Counselor performs pre and post test counseling for HIV/AIDS and the nurses collect blood for the CD4 (T-Cell) count of HIV infected patients. The compound also has four houses where some of the nurses live.
Despite all the challenges,
the staff of the Nata Clinic continues to do the best they can with
a difficult situation. Nearly all of the pregnant women are being
tested for HIV and if they are positive are participating in the PMTCT
program. Mothers that are enrolled in the program are reducing
the rate of transmission from mother to child to only 5-7%. This
is a huge success as without treatment the rate would be nearly 45%.
Nata Clinic has access to the rapid HIV/AIDS test and a person can learn
their status in 15 minutes. Due to a great deal of education,
the stigma of HIV/AIDS is decreasing. Some patients are living
openly with the disease and acting as peer counselors to convince others
The Nata village videoblog, Episode 2: Mabogo!
MABOGO! Mabogo Arts and Culture Productions is an out of school and out of work youth group that concentrates on HIV/AIDS Education. The youth perform songs, dances and dramas that tell a story about HIV/AIDS, STD’s (Sexually Transmitted Diseases), and ARV’s (Anti-Retroviral Medications). The group is funded by the Masthelo Community Development Association which is an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization). The group has a coordinator that is responsible for training and supervising the members. The youth each receive 260 Pula ($55) per month for educating the community in Nata. The members take their educational performances straight into the heart of the community. They perform in churches, private homes, shabeens (local drinking establishments) and bars. Mabogo Members are extremely talented and have received recognition at local and regional competitions. Because most of the villagers in Nata do not have TV’s, radios and many are illiterate, the education that Mabogo provides is often the only education that villagers receive about HIV/AIDS. Mabogo is one of the most effective educational tools in the fight of HIV/AIDS in Nata.
Because the members are paid
only $55 per month, many will move on to other employment when it becomes
available. The work that Mabogo does is critical in educating
Nata Villagers about HIV/AIDS. Mabogo is currently trying to get
registered as a Community Based Organization so that they can apply
for grants from the many funding sources in Gabarone (the capitol).
Their constitution has been submitted to the Registrar of Societies
in Gabarone. We are currently awaiting a response. Let it
be noted that registration can take more than a year as the constitutions
are frequently returned for minor errors. The work that these
young people are doing is worth a decent salary and until they are paid
a fair wage, the members will continue to come and go.
Members of Mabogo Arts and
Culture Production are providing a vital service to the people of Nata.
They are educating people in the local languages and in culturally sensitive
ways. Using interactive dramas and audience participation is extremely
beneficial. The Mabogo group along with the People Living with
AIDS support group, are the two most important educational groups in
Nata. They deserve our support.
The Nata village videoblog, Episode 1
Everyday Nata clinic opens with singing. Mma Dieketso leads the patients in song. More about Nata clinic.