HealthRight International

HealthRight International is a global health and human rights organization working to build lasting access to health for excluded communities. We work closely with communities and establish local partnerships to deliver health services. At the same time, we provide training and equipment and improve systems to enable our partners to deliver services on their own. Our goal is to build lasting access to health, helping to protect and fulfill the rights of excluded communities.
Oct 4, 2013

Progress Toward Safer Deliveries

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Progress Toward Safer Deliveries!

Report for September 2013

Overview:

Women in Pokot County in Kenya face enormous challenges during pregnancy and delivery.  Great distances between health facilities, high costs and poor quality of care contribute to far too many deaths for women and their newborns. HealthRight is working to improve these statistics and to keep mothers and babies alive. Since 2010, HealthRight has been supporting three maternity waiting homes (MWH) which eliminate the need to walk an average of three hours during labor. The homes lead to closer monitoring of labor by trained health staff and better quality of care during delivery.  Babies whose mothers stay in a MWH are healthier at birth than those whose mothers do not use the home. 

Progress:

This project paid for maintenance and upkeep of the 3 maternity waiting homes and promotional events in the communities. GlobalGiving donations also provided stipends to community health workers to provide women in the homes with information about how to keep themselves and their babies safe during and after delivery. Because of this support, the maternity waiting homes are serving more women than ever before. In August, the newest MWH constructed in Kapenguria District Hospital was at 130% occupancy – up nearly 200% in one month. This was due to the ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the benefits of the home. In addition, in the past quarter, hundreds of women have received health education during their stay. Because of this, 100% of the women using the homes report that they would recommend them to a friend. This high user satisfaction will further endorse the use of homes and encourage more women to choose to deliver safely in a health facility.

For more details about our progress, check out the attached table with useful project data.

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Feb 11, 2013

HealthRight Reduces Malaria in Kenyan Children

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Global Giving Campaign Reduces Impact of Malaria on Children in Rural Kenya

Final Report

February 2013

 

Background

Malaria is the number one cause of illness in children in Kenya.  Most districts in the North Rift Valley Province lie in areas of seasonal or epidemic-prone transmission zones of malaria.  In these areas, malaria accounts for 29% of all outpatient visits, 52% of hospital admissions and nearly 19% of all deaths annually.  According to health facility data, 40% of all children tested for malaria in the HealthRight project areas received a positive result.

And yet, malaria is a fully preventable and treatable disease if basic interventions are implemented.  In the fight against malaria in rural Kenya, the needs are great but the solutions are simple. With inexpensive resources such as test kits, microscopes, and mosquito nets, HealthRight’s project saves hundreds of children’s lives every year.

HealthRight’s malaria program was officially handed over to local Ministry of Health officials before the end of December 2012. The 3-year program had successfully supported communities and facilities in 6 districts in the North Rift Valley of Kenya to reduce the impact of malaria on children under five years of age and pregnant women, who are the most at risk for death due to malaria.

 

Achievements

Over the course of three years, the HealthRight program achieved several very positive outcomes that together ultimately can reduce morbidity and mortality from malaria in these districts. 

  • Increased Rates of Timely Treatment for Children

Three years ago, only 30% of children under five with malaria were able to receive treatment in the first day, which is crucial for avoiding serious illness and death. At the end of 2012, that rate had increased to 89% due to the efforts of HealthRight. This is a substantial and important increase for saving children’s lives.

 

  • Greater use of mosquito nets among children

One of the only proven methods for preventing malaria in children is the routine use of mosquito nets at night. HealthRight and the project partners worked to raise awareness among families in these six districts about the importance of placing young children under mosquito nets to sleep each night. At the same time, the project provided nets to the health facilities where they would be disbursed for free to young children during their visits.

 

  • Greater knowledge about malaria in the communities

 With our project partners, including ten community-based organizations and over 1,000 Community Health Workers, the HealthRight project has been working over the past three years to raise awareness among families in these rural communities about the dangers of malaria. The project was dedicated to giving mothers better information about malaria and its risks for their children so that they seek treatment at a health facility quickly. According to a survey conducted in November 2012, the percentage of mothers that could recognize the symptoms of malaria increased by nearly 20% in three years.  

 
  • Malaria rates drop by 49% in 3 years

In the six rural districts, HealthRight has been tracking the rates of confirmed malaria cases in all of the health facilities since the beginning of the project. These data show that malaria rates have been cut in half in the past three years.  This means that each month, several thousand children are saved from getting malaria and needing treatment.  HealthRight’s efforts to raise awareness among mothers, improve treatment in the facilities and increase the use of mosquito nets in the communities can all contribute to these reductions.

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Nov 16, 2012

Global Giving Improves Diagnosis of Malaria

Global Giving Campaign Improves Diagnosis of Malaria in Rural Kenya

Report for November 2012

Malaria is the number one cause of illness in children in Kenya. In the fight against malaria in rural Kenya, the needs are great, but the solutions are simple. With inexpensive resources such as test kits, microscopes, and mosquito nets, HealthRight’s project saves hundreds of children’s lives every year.

In July 2012, with generous support from Global Giving donors, HealthRight provided over 5,000 Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kits for malaria to five rural health facilities in the North Rift Valley. RDTs are a simpler and faster way of testing for malaria, requiring only 20 minutes for a final result.  Therefore, when RDTs are available, nurses and clinical officers can test and confirm malaria cases faster, leading to faster treatment for sick patients.  And this saves lives.

HealthRight delivered the test kits during the peak malaria season (May – August), when the risk of death due to malaria is the highest for pregnant women and young children.  In July alone, over 8,400 malaria tests were performed in the five districts where HealthRight works with over 2,500 positive cases.  Forty percent of these sick patients were children under five years of age, all of whom received life saving medications.  

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