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
Apr 27, 2015

Helping One Person At A Time

Jane receiving her 5 year implant
Jane receiving her 5 year implant

Jane – an alias of Laisamis, Northern Kenya.

Jane is a 32 year old widow with four children.  Jane lives in Anderi, which is found in Laisamis right the top of Kenya in the North. Jane works for as a house hold help for a school teacher in the nearby area. She earns a meagre KES 3,000/- ($35) a month.

CHAT’s nurse, Pauline, was cooling down under a tree whilst chatting away to some young men about condoms. When they saw Jane walking towards Pauline, the young men started shrieking and giggling “here she comes!” Pauline asked them what they meant by that but they did not tell her. Pauline shooed off the boys and called Jane over for a chat. Jane explained that people talk about her a lot because she is a widow but she is in a relationship with a married man. She asked Pauline to check her thoroughly. She was given a pregnancy test which came out negative, this made her decide to get a 5 year implant. Jane also wanted to know her HIV status, Pauline checked and confirmed the tests were negative.

After asking lots of questions and listening to what Pauline had to say, she then asked for four boxes of condoms! This all coming from a lady who had just been introduced to family planning and HIV tests made the CHAT team very happy.

As she walked away there were some women sitting beneath a tree pointing and laughing at her, she stopped and turned towards them, holding up her boxes of condoms for all the world to see and hear she shouted “I will not have sex without a condom again, if I had the option I would have the operation (BTL), you all sit there behaving like a snake not knowing your status and hiding behind all sorts of rubbish!” and with that she turned on her heel and set off into the distance with a spring to her step.

Thank you so much for all you kind donations. Each and every donation helps us reach these desperate communities with the services they so very badly need.

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Apr 17, 2015

A Day In The Life Of CHAT's Motor Mobile Nurse

Pauline Treating A Patient
Pauline Treating A Patient

The day starts before the birds do, there is still mist outside, the grass is cold and wet with dew, it’s time to start packing and set off for the next community. All that is heard is the zipping up of tents and bags. A metal pot is nestled on a small gas stove, a hot cup of sweet tea is all that is needed to keep the “wolves away” in the early morning. Once finished, Nurse Pauline with Peter, CHAT’s driver, pile into the yellow land rover and make their way to their next community, this could be as close as 50km or as far as 150 km or more usually following off road tracks and trails.

It’s a long drive, the team is always relieved to arrive at the next community. The fun doesn’t stop yet! First in order is to find a good place to set up the simple clinic for the day. This can be from setting up the treatment tables under a big shady tree (shade-less depending on the weather) to finding empty classrooms or kiosks big enough to fit in everything including Pauline herself and a patient. They begin unpacking the medicine and set up the two rickety metal tables, Peter sets up the tent nearby for private services.

Not only is Peter CHAT’s driver, he is an excellent mobiliser. Pauline won’t be seeing him for a while, which is just fine as Susan, Community Own Resource Person (CORPs) had “backpacked” from her home community to mobilize here for a few days, she had come up with a number of people who needed our services; from family planning, HIV/AIDS counseling and testing (HCT), TB information to basic curatives. Susan works alongside CHAT with a performance based MOU after CHAT facilitated her training.

Evelyn came to Pauline with her 18 year old daughter, Mary. Mary got pregnant while she was in school. She has a child who is only three months old. Mary had an accident some time ago which has left her with a problem with her leg making it difficult  to do normal day to day tasks, her mother has to help her with her child and many other house hold duties daily.

Evelyn explained that she wants Mary to go back to school, the child will be cared for but they are both afraid Mary will not manage with another child on board. Nurse Pauline having listened, took the time to explain each FP method. After some time Mary decided that she wanted the 3 year implant; after receiving the implant she was excited about going back to school - she had a smile from ear to ear.

Evelyn asked Pauline for her mobile phone number so she could keep in touch with her, she hopes that Pauline will return to visit them. Mary was also given Susan’s, CHAT’s FPCORP’s number. Small displays of thanks and appreciation really make it worthwhile, even the day seems less hot! 

Tummies are rumbling, when is it lunch time? The team doesn’t stop for lunch, there are patients waiting to be treated. They will wait until the evening when they have time to prepare a meal.

Before night falls they set up camp for the night. Bags come out and the same zipping noise is heard. Peter shares with Pauline that they provided services to 78 impoverished people yesterday – 96% wanted family planning ecological awareness services – 55 chose the 3 year implant method of contraception method!

Another day well spent, thank you for all your kind donations that make these ventures possible!

Feb 4, 2015

Having The Choice

 

 

For public platforms use Lynne & Daniel (an Alias) of Likii Slums, Laikipia County

Anne, our back pack nurse met Lynne one afternoon in the Likii slums of Nanyuki town, Lynne is 26 years old who is married with 3 children to a man named Daniel. Her firstborn are twins, and her last born is a girl.

She has been using the 3 month injection method of contraception protection (Depo Provera) for 9 years.  She learnt about family planning from a doctor when she went for a clinic check-up for her firstborn children. She says her husband is aware and very supportive of family planning. She also says she always wanted to have 2 children but she has no regrets either way. She has now decided to get the 5 year contraception protection implant because she doesn’t want to have any more children.

She told us that choosing the 5 year implant contraception protection method will benefit her children and family because she can work efficiently and provide for them, and the children will get all the attention they need from her. She hopes her family continue being as happy as they are now, and she thinks having more children with their current financial status will ruin that dream. She also dreams that her children will grow to be successful after they finish their education.

She is very grateful to CHAT for the free implant family planning method she chose, and for CHAT's efforts to help the women in her community. She says most of them are aware of family planning but they don’t use it because it’s either expensive for them or they believe in the myths against family planning being talked about in the area

 

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! 

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