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
May 5, 2011

Spring Report

village visit
village visit

Hello to all of our donors-

We wanted to give you a quick update on news of the Kenyan government’s recent public commitment to family planning on account of the country’s unsustainable population growth. The below remarks come from a Kenyan publication called, The Standard Group:

Planning Minister Wycliffe Oparanya has promised to revive family planning programmes to counter the country’s high rate of population growth…..

If Kenya did not control its high rates of population growth, quality of education, health and housing would suffer while food security will decline.’

‘NCAPD statistics show that Kenya’s population increased by 12 million since 1999 to stand at 40 million today, a 35 per cent rise in only a decade.’

"The risks caused by overpopulation include lack of living space, shortage of jobs, sky-high housing prices, environmental deterioration and scarcity of energy and resources…."

 

The clinic has just returned from an eight-day monitoring and evaluation trek in northern Samburu. Camping alongside dried up riverbeds, and conversing with the local Samburu at the watering holes, we observed the impact and reality of over-population. This region has not seen rain in more than 8 months. Luckily various organizations such as USAID, have installed pumps, so there is clean water for the people and their livestock, but, as I am sure you know, the question remains- for how long?

One of our most dynamic family planning mobilizers named Susan Lenatari accompanied us on this trip and during the day she would walk through the various villages simply speaking to the local men and women about health services in the area, the availability and or knowledge of family planning and whether or not there was a demand for it. Often times we can find ourselves developing all sorts of complex charts and questionnaires in order to gather information, yet, what continuously proves to be most informative, is good old fashioned face to face casual conversation.

We are making another trip up to these areas at the beginning of June and will be anxious to inform you of the demand we were met with.

Thank you again for your continuous generosity. What you give, whatever amount, goes a long, long, way……

Below are the numbers reached over the past three months:

 

COMMUNITY HEALTH AFRICA TRUST

FAMILY PLANNING STATISTICS 1st QUARTER, JAN-MAR2011

 

Insertions / Implants ( 5 years): 1379

Depo – Injectibles ( 3 months):  768

Oral - Pills: 635

Tube Ligations (TLs): 21

Condoms: 16,000

No of people reached with reproductive health information: 6,159

*Stats include the static clinic ,motor and  camel mobiles 

 

 

 

Evaluation Meeting- Archer
Evaluation Meeting- Archer's Post
Day at the Clinic
Day at the Clinic
Apr 22, 2011

ABC News Team out with CHAT’s Camel Mobile Clinic

About to arrive at the village
About to arrive at the village

He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything

-Arabian Proverb

 

 

ABC News Team Ventures out with CHAT’s Camel Mobile Clinic:

Hello to all of our donors,

First off, a bucket full of thank yous for the contributions made to CHAT to date. It is because of your generosity and care that the camels will be packed up again, heading up north on the 1st of March for a month long trip. From the figures below, you can see just how many individuals will benefit from your giving. Thank you. Thank you….

And that is not all. We have some more exciting news to share: CHAT will be a part of ABC News “Be the Chance to Save A Life” series, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation! In December, ABC reporters joined our camel mobile clinic for A portion of the trek in the Samburu and Laikipia regions of northern Kenya. Normally, the clinic team consists of 6-8 camels, three camel handlers, one nurse, and two community-based health counselors (CBHC), trained in Family Planning mobilisation & HIV/AIDS testing/ counseling. And this time, for a week, there were lots of cameras, lights, and microphones.

But our clinic set-up was still very simple, just as we like it. Sticking to the basics is something we are always mindful of because it enables FLEXIBILITY. This important aspect allows us to deliver door-to-door integrated health services to the so called un-reachable and often culturally, very traditional communities, living in regions where environment can be unpredictable. Below are the figures from this past December’s camel mobile intervention:

Family Planning:

  • 3500 condoms distributed
  • 19 women received a 3 month Depovera injection
  • 231 women received long-term (5 year) contraceptive implant - Jardel.

Basic Curatives: (TB, STI, Malaria, Pneumonia, Gastroenteritis, Conjunctivitis, etc)

  • 913 cases treated

HIV/AIDS counseling and testing:

  • 1,779 participants
  • 528 individuals tested

 The figures are really quite remarkable. The only challenge we face with our camel mobile clinic, as opposed to our other clinics, is our inability to refrigerate immunizations. Because the team is out for a month at a time, cool storage is needed to keep and easily transport the inoculations. One such invention we are experimenting with is a solar powered refrigerator-in-a-box. Presently, there are still a few kinks that need to be worked out, but it is many steps in the right direction!

 Be sure to check back to see when the ABC segment will be airing- you will get a glimpse of our trusty caravan of camels at work, and a closer look at the innovative solar refrigerator. You may even have some suggestions…..

 Endless thank yous to all of our donors for helping us deliver this important basic need of health services to these many otherwise forgotten communities.

Check back next soon for another mobile report.

Click on the attached link to get a sneak peek at the ABC segment.

 

Asante Sana.

Samburu boys
Samburu boys

Links:

Apr 18, 2011

March Camel Clinic Round-UP

Trip Data
Trip Data

Hello again-

The camels, handlers, nurses, and mobilizers, have just returned from another month up north in Samburu. Though tribal war between the Samburu and Pokot is a looming threat these days, in this more westerly route, a safe passageway is most always cleared for the team and the trusty camels.

This trip was met with an almost overwhelming demand for family planning, thanks in part to the community mobilizers that your generosity helps to fund and also to our dedicated team members, whose commitment to education has begun to open up traditional eyes to the benefits of family planning.

CHAT hopes to be informing all of you soon of the mobile clinic’s appearance on ABC News “Be the Chance to Save A Life” series. Word has it that it should be airing sometime this summer….

Asante Sana,
~ The team at CHAT

Stats:

  • Family Planning: 454
  • 3-month Depovera: 112
  • 5-year Implant: 342

HIV/AIDS

  • Testing: 412
  • Education/Lecture: 2569
  • Condoms Distributed: 1829
  • Basic Curatives: 191
Un-loading the gear
Un-loading the gear
Camels Heading Out
Camels Heading Out
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