How Health Cabins work
The government builds the cabins and asks the population to collect 171,000 CFA (250 euros) to purchase medicines. When that amount is available the cabin is staffed by the government.. A management committee is set up to gather the consultation fees, which will be used to purchase medicines. Several problems can occur such as the lack of medicine which prevents the medical services, epidemics (paludism) which deplete the stock of medicines or inefficient management committees.
The involvement of Tarbiyya Tatali
Based on these observations the Tarbiyya Tatali association made the decision to set up a plan to reinforce and perpetuate the health cabins of the Dogondoutchi department
The first actions took place in five villages:Lougou, Bagaji, Angoual Saoulo, Kalgo, Koukabokoye. Four of them had a health cabin and Tarbiyya Tatali built one in Angoual Saoulo and supplied medicines in the five villages.
In 2006, Tarbiyya Tatali conducted a survey in all the 67 health cabins of the department of Dogondoutchi which represents 400,000 inhabitants.
The results of the survey
A health cabin covers from 2 to 32 villages and from 900 to 11000 inhabitants. The maximum distance to the health cabin varies from 2 to 25 kms.
Financial resources also vary a lot with a minimum of 16000 and a maximum of 12,250,000 CFA and 232,000 CFA on average.
- 30 % have more than 200,000 CFA
- 32 % have more than 100,000 CFA
- 38 % have less than 100,000 CFA
Following the survey, a program for Health Cabins is being implemented over several years in the departement of Dogon Doutchi : creating management committees, providing medicine, training health agents and matrons .