Update: The Wilderness Gate & FARM STEW Mobile Pontoon Clinic Project

Apr 26, 2024 | Project Update

Government Approvals and Inspection

The Wilderness Gate and Farm Stew mobile pontoon clinic project is making steady progress with the necessary government approvals. The Ministry of Transport and Logistics, along with the Department of Maritime Affairs, has responded to our inquiry, providing detailed criteria for the approval process. This will include two crucial inspections of the watercraft. The first inspection is scheduled to occur during the manufacturing stage to ensure all specifications meet the regulatory standards. A final inspection will take place before the clinic is delivered, guaranteeing the highest safety and operational standards.

Delivery and Assembly

Upon completion and approval, the pontoon will be transported in a knock-down kit to Samfya port, Lake Bangweulu. Here, it will be fully assembled and prepared for the final inspection. This process ensures that the clinic is built to the highest standards of quality and safety.

Final Inspection and Testing

Once assembled, a final on-water inspection and testing will be conducted to ensure the clinic is fully functional and ready for deployment. This step is crucial to address any potential issues and confirm the pontoon clinic’s readiness to provide medical services.

Operational Plans and Facilities

The operational framework for the mobile clinic is set to include five maintenance stations strategically located at major islands. These stations will be equipped to handle waste disposal, provide freshwater, and supply provisions, ensuring the clinic operates efficiently and sustainably. The clinic will serve the remote communities five days a week, with special arrangements for docking and sanitation over the weekends to maintain hygiene and service readiness.

Ongoing Contributions and Support

We continue to invite contributions to cover not only the construction and delivery but also the necessary fixtures and medical equipment needed for the clinic to operate effectively in the waters of Lunga district. This support is vital for bringing essential healthcare services to underserved communities and significantly impacts their well-being and quality of life. Consider making a contribution here: https://wildernessgate.org/contribute/

For your records and ours, please email a copy of your payment slip to contact@wildernessgate.org. We will send you a receipt for your contribution.

We are committed to transparency and will continue to provide updates as the project progresses towards its goal of improving healthcare access in remote areas. Thank you for your continued support and belief in this transformative project.


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