Global Health Partnerships Inc

Global Health Partnerships (GHP) is an organization of medical professionals and other volunteers who work as partners with local organizations, Ministries of Health, and local health care providers to improve the health and well-being of the poor. GHP provides humanitarian aid, medication and supplies, and medical services and training of local health workers .
Jan 8, 2011

Update on childhood malnutrition

A child near Kisesini recovering from malnutrition
A child near Kisesini recovering from malnutrition

In Kenya about 1 in 10 children die before reaching 5 years of age, and more than half of those childhood deaths are from starvation. Recent studies have shown that a community-based therapeutic feeding program, like the one established by GHP in Kenya, can provide very effective treatment. Most children will improve and recover from malnutrition after just 2 months of therapeutic feeding.

Global Health Partnerships (GHP), in cooperation with the Kenyan Ministry of Health, continues to distribute PlumpyNut and Unimix, high-calorie food supplements, to malnourished children in the Yata health district. A large portion of the funds for these supplements comes from the monies given through Global Giving. Furthermore, the work Global Giving has funded in the Yata health district has blossomed into a larger project to examine how different types of food supplementation affect childhood malnutrition. In this way, GHP hopes to find sustainable ways to address the chronic needs of the children with whom we work.

Nicholas Ndonye, the nurse at the Kisesini dispensary in Yata district, continues to run the program, including distributing aid and following the weights and progress of the children receiving the food supplements.

The residents of Kisesini, Kenya and Global Health Partnerships are grateful for the generous support individuals like you have provided to improve the lives of these children. While these donations are a tremendous help, still more is needed. A contribution would be a great help as we at Global Health Partnerships continue to make headway toward reversing malnutrition. Finally, please let us know how we may better present our story so that we can increase our base of support and better meet the needs of the children of Kisesini.

Oct 4, 2010

LifeStitches Fall 2010 Update

     Thanks to your donations the LifeStitches sewing workshop is nearing completion. Storage cabinets, cutting tables, ironing stands and new pedal sewing machines have been ordered.  Move in is anticipated in late November. Global Health Partnership (GHP) President, and the GHP LifeStitches Project Coordinator will travel to Uganda in February 2011 for the building dedication.  As always, GHP members volunteer their time and pay out of pocket for their own travel expenses to the project.

     GHP Life Stitches project director visited the project site in Uganda this September 2010. The workshop members expressed a big thank you to all the Global Giving donors who have helped make their workshop and the new building space a reality. During this visit, meetings were held with the Aura Regional Hospital administrators to discuss increased partnership of LifeStitches  with the Ministry of Health HIV/AIDS Maternal and Child health program to reach more pregnant HIV/AIDS mothers who could benefit from workshop training and economic empowerment opportunities.

     Now that we have adequate workshop space, 2011 will be focused on development and capacity building of the workshop and increase membership beyond our current 40 active members. We plan to implement: (1) a sewing skills training course for new members using our senior members as the teacher/trainers; (2) an entrepreneur program to help senior members save and start up their own sewing businesses independent of the workshop; (3) leadership training for senior members in teaching and administration (4) basic literacy classes for unschooled members (5) increased peer support group HIV/AIDS outreach and education in the community.

     Product  development and production will be at the forefront of our efforts in 2011. We will be looking to increase training and income generating opportunities for as many new HIV/AIDS pregnant women and mothers who wish to join the workshop.  Two examples of product expansion include two new pilot projects already underway - one is making quilt blankets, the other is weaving  rag rugs. Both models are intended to recycle the end cut fabric from the napkins.

     Here in the US, preparation for the fall 2010 private home napkin sales parties is underway. Thanks to our wonderful volunteer party hostesses sales will be held in five states this fall:  Arizona, Colorado, Maryland , Montana and New Mexico.  We anticipate selling out of these wonderful napkin products and some new clothing items added to the product line by the close of the 2010 holiday season.

     Where does the money from the product sales go?   15% goes to our marketing costs here in the US; 22%  goes directly to the mothers for their salary, fabric costs and maintenance of their workshop building;  the remainder goes back into the project for workshop development and capacity building, members collective savings goals , and HIV/AIDS outreach education programs sponsored by the LifeStitches workshop members.

     Please join us in this vital development and capacity building phase with your Global Giving donations to LifeStitches .

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Sep 7, 2010

Successful recovery from starvation: An update

Rosina and her father
Rosina and her father

Rosina, shown in the photo, was one of the many young children who was found to be suffering from starvation from lack of food. Global Health Partnerships (GHP) has been providing nutritious fortified therapeutic food with very good results. Rosina is now a much healthier girl whose growth is improving thanks to your generous donations. In Kenya about 1 in 10 children die before reaching 5 years of age, and more than half of those childhood deaths are from starvation (malnutrition). Recent studies have shown that a community-based therapeutic feeding program, like the one established by GHP in Kenya, can provide very effective treatment. Most children will improve and recover from malnutrition after 2 months of therapeutic feeding. At a cost of only $45 a month, a $90 donation can provide the full treatment for a child like Rosina, with the potential to save a child from death caused by starvation and infection. The GHP Kenya project is based in the village of Kisesini in eastern Kenya. A group of volunteer community health workers in the surrounding isolated villages helps GHP find the poorest families with the most severely affected children, and ensure that they receive treatment and follow-up (growth monitoring). Thus far GHP has treated 160 children like Rosina, who suffer not only from hunger, but actual starvation (acute malnutrition). We can only continue this successful program with the generous support of our donors. Over 95% of the donations that we receive go directly into program services!

Mother and twins being treated for malnutrition
Mother and twins being treated for malnutrition
Volunteers weighing a child in the field
Volunteers weighing a child in the field

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