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CFW franchisee profile: Pharis Mureithi Ngaruri (includes GPS coordinates!)

CFW patient buying mosquito net
CFW patient buying mosquito net

In this project report we present a profile of CFW franchisee Pharis Mureithi Ngaruri, as compiled by Caroline Nganga, a journalist who worked with CFW in 2010.

We've uploaded a photo of Pharis selling a long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito net to a CFW patient.  In 2010, the CFW network in Kenya distributed over 11,000 mosquito nets.  Long-lasting insecticide-treated nets can effectively prevent malaria for several years without being retreated with insecticide.

Pharis has been a CFW franchisee for 10 years!  We are proud of his efforts to prevent disease and have uploaded the GPS coordinates of his CFW outlet (-00.42158, 037.25883) in case you are interested in using Google Maps to see where he is operating.

Pharis keeps his CFW outlet open 7 days per week, from 9 am to 6 pm.  He also holds monthly outreach programs where he gives health talks on sanitation, malaria, water treatment and other common diseases in the area. When we asked about the impact of the outreach, Pharis said, “Information is vital and people know that and they really appreciate it. I go everywhere, like schools, welfare groups and even door to door because there could be a patient who doesn’t want to go for the outreach so I go to them. And most people will buy the products that I am selling, like mosquito nets or water guard or PUR. So it is helping because diseases like malaria and worm infections have really reduced.”

Pharis is a well known personality in the village of Kwaeliud in Kirinyaga district for two main reasons: his evangelism ministry and his work as an active community health worker in Kwaeliud where he is a CFW franchisee.  Pharis told us how he got started in healthcare:

“I used to be a casual laborer before I started evangelism which I have been doing for over 30 years. I came to be a community health worker after attending various trainings with the Christian Community Services while still in church Ministry. I then took up healthcare as a career,” he said.

At 70 years of age, Pharis has had 10 children and several grandchildren. With 20 years offering healthcare services, and 10 with CFW, Pharis shifted from evangelism to health because, “In my evangelism, I was very involved with people who had many health problems so when Christian Community Services was giving trainings, I always attended. I then worked with government as a community health worker. A few years later, I attended a number of CFW trainings and then in 2001 I decided to open a CFW outlet that so I can be closer to people in my own community.”

Many thanks to Pharis for his continuing outstanding work on behalf of CFW!

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Greg Starbird Starbird

Vice President, The HealthStore Foundation®
Nairobi, Kenya

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