Kenya Community Health Care Volunteer Work
KENYA COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE
The Health care project is very fundamental volunteer work considering our village based programs and outreaches. Out of the world health reports, 24.1% of the cases are registered in Africa with access to very few health workers. Most communities in Africa still depend on either witch doctors or traditional herbalists, who are not trained and don’t provide reliable prescriptions when dispensing remedies.
Qualified doctors are very scarce and people most especially in the rural areas dont get access to them. The average availability of the qualified doctors stands at 2 doctors for 10,000 people. This means that the poor and the rural with poor infrastructure, lack of water, electricity, proper waste disposal facilities and other social amenities like clinics or health centers are so much vulnerable.
AREA OF FOCUS: BONDO DISTRICT
We major in Bondo district of Nyanza province (Western Kenya), with an area of 1,972 square kilometres, inhabited by a total population of over 248,000. The district boarders the lake and therefore has several beaches and islands where people have converged from different communities for commercial activities. This has increased high rate of disease spread due to congestion and commercial sex activities on the islands and beaches especially the HIV/AIDS and other opportunistic diseases. The HIV/AIDS prevalence rate is 29.4% as reported by NASCOP a few years ago.
Apart from the deadly Hiv and Aids, the most prevalent diseases within the district are malaria, diarrhea and respiratory diseases. Sometimes many people die due to inaccessibility to proper medication or non at all as the ratio of the doctors to patients is 1:120,000.
Our survey absolutely confirms that many people just survive by the will of angel of destiny who gives life to mortal human beings and not by any fact that medication programs outreach the rural communities.
Proper government health facility where you may or may not find a doctor is several kilometers away from so many people in need and poor communication network (infrastructure) makes accessibility impossible. These health facilities are mostly at the district headquarters where most small towns are developing.
Need for Community Health Care
We lead a stead fast role to investigate and re-establish proper conditions that guarantee a standard community health.
Home Based Care:
This program is meant to provide an opportunity for those who are sick at home to feel social existence around them as they receive hospitality, medical attention and appreciation. The vulnerable, especially the old, get a chance to air their views and feel important in participating to develop the community. Medical camp and E.N.T : host voluntary medical camp periodically. To treat illnesses related to ENT i.e. ear, nose and throat and eye.
Early childhood vaccination program (ECVP) :
Take statistics and data on births (live and dead births) to follow the correct medical attention in a child’s life. Many mothers deliver at home which encourage transmission of HIV virus from mother to child, hence HIV/AIDS, alongside increase in infant mortality rate. We provide information and any necessary medical attention.
Pre-natal and post-natal care initiatives :
Where expectant and breast-feeding mothers find medical attention and solution to personal capacity building. We aim at setting up clinic and healthcare programs to outreach the rural people in their village homes.
Prevention from mother to child transmission PMTCT :
Give information to expecting mothers just before delivery through support centre on measures to take when a child is soon coming (ready for delivery)
OUR GOALS ON HEALTH
-To provide a first-hand medication intervention for the people in the rural Kenya and establish community based health facilities within the villages as we outreach other people through mobile clinic systems.
-To improve the sustainability of the community’s health capacity by mobilizing health workers, nurses, doctors and interns – home and abroad to create partnership under voluntary/charity programs to provide health care for the villages where we will train community health workers health care issues as well.
-To curb infant mortality rate by discouraging home delivery under the untrained midwives, but provide hospital delivery medical services that promotes the Prevention from Mother to Child transmissions (PMTCT) program to discourage the spread of HIV/AIDS from mothers o children.
The needs to help achieve these goals:
1. Donation of drugs and or financial resources to buy them plus other treatment related equipment / aids (first aid kits, clinic facilities etc).
2. Mobile systems for movement like bicycles for the community health workers (CHW), motorbikes for the field work officers and a community ambulance for the patients that would need referrals.
3. Funds for building more health facilities e.g wards, sickbays
Our Humble Appeal
We invite the various civil society organizations (CSOs), charity organization (for doctors, nurses, interns, institutions, government etc), church missions (faith based organizations) FBOs, NGOs, individual or organizations and donors to join us, pull together and help us achieve these goals.