Child Survival and Development in Nairobi Slums Project was begun in March 2011 when we arrived in Nairobi to plan for a survey in the squatter slum community of Kanaani. Before arriving we modified the survey from that we had used in other slum communities. The purpose of the survey was to learn about the health and well being of the children under five years of age. We first visited the community to locate the elders and important leaders and gain permission to conduct the survey. They welcomed us and were willing to help. Our next step was to arrange for a group of our Community Health Workers (CHWs) from our OVC Project in Africa to walk the community and count and map the 145 houses.
Plans were made for training the CHWs from nearby slum communities to conduct the survey. Three resident of Kanaani were also included. Then we conducted a pilot survey to test the questionnaire. On April 2nd a group of 20 CHWs and three Kanaani residents formed ten teams and conducted interviews in households with children under five. A total of 80 children were identified and a questionnaire was completed through interviews of parents and other caregivers. The survey was successful and the Information Technology person is preparing to enter the data from the questionnaire into the computer for analysis.
The results of the survey will help us to plan interventions where needed to benefit the health and welfare of the children.
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