COMMUNITY HEALTH AFRICA TRUST

To mitigate suffering and poverty through integrated mobile health services providing education and provision of reproductive health, immunization, basic curative and education on the dangers of female genital mutilation
Oct 13, 2014

Business As Usual

Wheels that won
Wheels that won't quit.

Dear Donors,

Jambo from Nanyuki- the CHAT headquarters in Kenya. Life has been ticking along, and the wheels of the yellow mobile clinic continue to roll along the plains of Laikipia and Samburu, stopping to set up clinic under the shade of an acacia tree each day. Please see the attached chart, summarizing targets reached over the last three months, made possible by the support of Global Giving donors and other contributors.

Though funds have been steady enough to send out our 4X4 mobile clinic, our camel clinic has been unable to make its month long journey for the last 6 months. Costs associated with sending out the camels and crew are higher than those associated with the 4x4 vehicle. Because of this, we are endeavoring to offer more creative funding options. A company sponsorship is a wonderful and exciting opportunity to give back and involve your business and team in an exciting and unforgettable adventure, and maybe even send one or two representatives on an exciting trip of a lifetime, to document the journey.

We thank you for your continued support and will be in touch again in a few months time.

Asante Sana.

The team at CHAT.

 

 

 

 

 

Jul 9, 2014

Facing Reality Here in Kenya

Rita (an Alias) of Northern Kenya
Rita (an Alias) of Northern Kenya

"Access to family planning could reduce maternal deaths by 25 to 40 percent and child deaths by as much as 20 percent." World Bank, 2009

Rita (an Alias) of Nothern Kenya

For public platforms use Rita (an Alias) of Northern Kenya

Rita is only 14 years old. She came to our clinic late at night to get the 5-year contraception implant inserted into her arm. Not surprisingly, Rita's mother brought her to our clinic in secret.  Neither wanted Rita's father to know that she was getting birth control. While with us, Rita shared that she wanted the implant because in the last six months she has had two abortions. Both abortions were conducted in the bush, in secret, by an unlicensed/untrained community member. She did not want to talk about the process that she endured, only to say that it was "horrible" and that she didn’t want to do it again.  She viewed CHAT's mobile health clinic as her only hope to avoid another pregnancy.

By way of background, Rita is sexually active with one boyfriend. Unfortunatley, it is still part of the Samburu tradition that if a young warrior gives a girl red beads, he is considered her "boyfriend, and as such, entitled to engage in sexual relations with her whenever he pleases. This sexual activity is conducted with the parents’ consent. However, it is very common for the warriors to have more than one "girlfriend".  What is difficult for Rita is that in the Samburu culture, it is considered taboo for a warrior to marry his "girlfriend."  Tradition will only allow her warrior boyfriend to use her sexually until he is ready to marry.  Once ready, the warrior will then go in search for a woman suitable to be his wife.  

Needless to say, this cultural phenomenon poses a huge problem for young Samburu girls.  Through exposure to unsafe sex with men who have many sexual partners, girls like Rita are forced to put themselves at risk of contracting devastating sexually transmitted infections/diseases--up to and including HIV/AIDS.  But perhaps even more worryingly, if a girl in this tradition accidentally gets pregnant, and has a child out of wedlock, she will not be able to marry at all in her lifetime.  Sadly, this cultural reality results  in a very high rate of abortions in young Samburu girls--most of whom are carried out in secret and performed under brutal conditions by an unlicensed/untrained community member.

Your generous donation can help reduce these unwanted pregnancies by providing much needed Family Planning options to many more women in Kenya!  Please donate today to help these women make a better life for themselves! 

Mar 4, 2014

Partners in Health

Samburu Women and Children Ceremonial Dance
Samburu Women and Children Ceremonial Dance

Dear Donors,

We hope everyone’s 2014 is getting off to a healthy, and productive start. New years are often filled with a sense of possibility, as dreams or aspirations seem to take on a more tangible form.  Our aspirations of providing accessible and affordable care to the indigenous tribes of Kenya remain, continuing to grow with the demand each year. And in our pursuit, it is always important to be thankful and recognize our partners who help to keep us going.

At the end of January, Impatient Optimists, part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, posted an article on family planning and maternal health- how interconnected the two are and thus the importance of their integration.  Though the focus group of the article is perhaps not the typical CHAT audience, who are of a lower socio-economic status than those the article relates to, the lessons learned from in depth data analyses that were preformed, are similar lessons CHAT has learned along the way.

One ‘lesson’ that came to mind when writing this report, is the absolute importance of consistency in care delivery, availability, and affordability of contraceptives. What is the best to achieve these two necessities? As the article concludes, it is through private and public partnerships that the needs are most effectively met. 

For the past 10 years, CHAT and the Kenyan Ministry of Health have been partners in the goals of contraceptive availability, affordability and education. Together, we have been doing our best to ensure that the communities get what they need. But when the government falls short, and it certainly does at times, it is the private donors, such as you all who are reading this, who afford us the ability to keep our promise to these communities.

So, as we begin another year with you as one of our valued partners, we wanted to say a quick and simple, thank you. Your generosity helps to create a healthier world more than you may realize.  

Let’s make 2014 a good one…!

  

Asante Sana,

 

The Team at CHAT

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