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
Jul 20, 2015

A Busy Day

Ceaseless passion
Ceaseless passion

It was a busy time for the mobile clinic. The yellow clinic land rover made its way through winding, snake like roads, plumes of dust rose from behind the car as they dipped and swerved, making their way through unkind terrain. This trip was especially planned, the clinic was heading to Kirimon, Samburu east and Sirata, Samburu central. They were on their way to follow up on removal of implants. CHAT’s nurse, Pauline, had records from 2010 that were due their removals.

Once the team arrived, they hurriedly set up the tables and tents and laid out their gear and got to work, CHAT’s FPCORP’s, Rose and Susan, had already spent a few days in these communities mobilizing the women for insertions and removals, also speaking to the men and children to let them all know that there will be services for the day. They managed to gather quite a number of women who needed removals and re-insertions. Pauline began immediately, removals are a tedious task but none the less Pauline battled through passionately with a smile on her face the whole way through. There was one Lady called Jane who had had a fight with her husband, he had grabbed her arm and broken the implant, it took some time but Pauline managed to get every piece out.

Darkness came and Pauline was still battling away, eventually her endless energy came to a sticky end, arms weak, hungry and tired they asked those who weren’t attended to, to please come back in the morning.

There was a line of ladies waiting for their turn before the birds began to chirp the next day. Pauline smiled with a large cup of sweet tea and said “Well what are we waiting for”

Jul 8, 2015

One Step At A Time

No one likes needles!
No one likes needles!

It was a pleasantly sunny afternoon for the motor mobile clinic when it arrived in Kirimon. Kirimon is a small community in Laikipia north. CHAT’s nurse, Pauline, was working away under a tree, waving down everybody she saw as she waited for Susan, a community own resource persons (CORP) who does family planning/ecological awareness mobilization with CHAT. Susan came back much sooner than usual from doing her door to door family planning & TB mobilization. She was being ‘hauled’ back to the clinic by a very enthusiastic client - a lady named Naishoree.

Naishoree sat beside Nurse Pauline looking very comfortable; it seemed like she had already made a decision with the information she had soaked in from Susan on their way to the clinic under the tree. She explained that she is a mother to 10 children, for a 32 year old woman this does seem like quite a burden, for any woman really!  Susan said that she had met Naishoree in the village, she was going to World Vision (an NGO) to request for some goods. She simply cannot afford to purchase enough food for all her children nor does she have the strength, land let alone time to plant a substantial garden. Naishoree took Susan’s arm almost immediately the moment Susan mentioned family planning and dragged to Nurse Pauline.

She quietly listened as Nurse Pauline explained the various methods of contraception at length, Naishoree seemed to dismiss the shorter term methods without much thought. Eventually she said to Pauline that she doesn’t want any more children and she would like something that will stop her from ever having another child again. Tubal ligation was mentioned and that seemed to spark an interest in Naishoree’s eye but once she had understood what the procedure entails she said that she’d rather go for the 5 year contraception protection method.

During the five minute insertion procedure Naishoree told Pauline that if she knew about family planning before she would have only had five children, she would have done a lot of things differently and maybe her life would have been different. Once she was all plastered up she got up and admired her arm and she said that she will tell everyone about the importance of family planning. She took Pauline by the hand and shook her hand so vigorously that her pen fell out her front pocket.

Naishoree is so very grateful for the services CHAT provides. “…these services wouldn’t be possible without your help, thank you.”

 

** NB names have been changed to protect individuals, all stories have been approed by each individual before posting.

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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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