IntroductionThe catholic church of Rulenge-Ngara diocese has devoted its energy and resources to deliver health care services to the people of Rulenge-Ngara diocese for over 60 years now.
Health is part of God's plan, it is a part of evangelization and pastoral care, and it comes from what Jesus said and did himself to his contemporaries and commanded his disciples to do.
The catholic Diocese of Rulenge-Ngara owns and operates 6 health facilities distributed in three deaneries namely: Biharamulo, Chato and Ngara.. Among the twelve, 4 are Hospitals 1 health center 7 dispensaries.
The Rulenge-Ngara diocesan health program had a long-term plan of Five years starting from 2002 to 2006; it is now engaging in another 5years plan 2008-2012.
Past performanceThere are remarkable things that have been done in the ending period such as:
- Sustaining government collaboration in term of resource contribution
- Training of more than 86 staffs,
- Drug procurement and supply management
- Renovation and construction of new buildings in some facilities
- HIV/AIDS control initiatives
- Reproductive health
- Strengthening of Diocesan coordinating office as well as
Major challengesHowever, there are few challenges that we met in implementing the last five years plan. Among the challenges are:
- Inadequate and turnovers of the health personnel
- Inappropriate medical infrastructure and working facilities.
- Persistence of endemic diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS
- The Coordination office to depend on outside donors for more than 80% and the Health facilities for more than 60%;
The way forwardImplementations of this plan will facilitate achievement of the healing mission of Jesus Christ through:
- Improving infrastructure and construction of new structures
- Drugs and Hospital Equipments
- Improving prevention services
- Strengthening HIV/AIDS and Malaria control initiatives
- Strengthening government collaboration
- Enhancing human resource management and development
- Institutional capacity building and coordination
Responsable personsSister Mariana Clemence