The erection of a new clinic building
Onangolo village is located 33km South-East of Eenhana, close to the Angolan border. The village was reachable only by 4×4 vehicle on a very sandy road. It is located within a densely forested part of Ohangwena region next to an Oshana. The inhabitants live in small farming compounds between the trees and around the Oshana. An existing clinic building, still in reasonably neat condition consisted of only three rooms. No staff housing was provided and pit-latrines in a bad state of disrepair constituted the only toilet facilities. The clinic could not adequately provide in the needs of the community and the lack of staff housing limited potential for staffing the facility. A complete new clinic was programmed with staff housing for three nurses.
The climate of Onangolo is hot to very hot (average 34-36 Deg Celsius in summer) with mild winters (min 8-10 Deg Celsius). The area is very humid in summer, with the highest rainfall rates in Namibia for the summer period. The site is located in the Cuvelai drainage area and each summer the “Oshanas” flood with water from Angola that ultimately drain into the Etosha pan. The flooding of the Oshanas had in the past caused difficulty with access to the clinic. The construction of a new 7km long gravel access road as part of the contract eliminated this problem. The site has many large indigenous trees that were retained. An additional 40 trees were planted to supplement the existing stock and provide shaded outside social areas for the staff and the public parking.