Update on Kachumbala Maternity Unit
Ugandan maternity ward built by CITB Cyfle Shared Apprentices Opens
A brand new African maternity Ward built by Cyfle Building Skills and CITB Welsh construction trainees will officially open to the community of Kachumbala, Uganda, on November 3 2017.
Since the project started in 2015, 25 CITB and Welsh Government-funded apprentices from Cyfle Building Skills have used their construction skills on the ward, a venture which will bring life-changing facilities to the local community.
Anthony Rees, Regional Manager at Cyfle Building Skills will officially hand over the maternity ward. He will be joined by to two midwives from Hywel Dda Health Board
Cyfle Apprentices have been working with Ugandan construction worker to build the ward and share ideas.
The £100k maternity ward project has been partly financed by fundraising in Wales and has seen CITB and Cyfle work in partnership with Engineers for Overseas Development (EFOD) South West Wales and HKS architects.
Mark Bodger Strategic Partnerships Director for CITB Wales, said: “The Cyfle team have worked hard to create a facility that will benefit the community in Uganda for many years to come. This project demonstrates how construction can make a huge difference to communities. It is also a life- changing project for the Cyfle apprentices who worked on the build – what a legacy to already have at the start of their construction career.”
Anthony Rees, Regional Manager at Cyfle Building Skills, said: “The maternity ward project has been a significant step in the development of Cyfle’s CITB Apprenticeship Programme. “The trips to Uganda have helped our apprentices’ learning, including decision making and transferring skills. The project will make a huge difference to the local community and I believe will leave a lasting impression on the team of apprentices.”