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Dec 7, 2010

Testimony from a CFW patient about malaria treatment

Sarah Njeri (left), w/ CFW community health worker
Sarah Njeri (left), w/ CFW community health worker

Here is a report compiled by our new communications intern in Kenya:

"Sarah Njeri Mburu has been a regular client of Mithini CFW shop in Makuyu, Muranga South District of Kenya for a few years now. Recently, her last born daughter of 12 months was diagnosed with the malaria but is at the moment recovering at home. During an interview conducted on 7th October, 2010, with the 38 year old mother of three, Sarah says, “I came today to finish payment of my daughter’s treatment that was issued two days ago.”

When asked about her daughter’s recovery, Sarah says “She is doing much better, I am glad for the drugs that I bought here because they are very good. I have never been disappointed with them.” “I also like the services because they are good and affordable.  I took the medication on credit and because of my good relationship with the community health worker in the shop; I am able to pay when I have the money.”

Sarah says that this is the first time that anyone in her family has been diagnosed with malaria because she always ensures that everyone in the house sleeps under a treated net .She is therefore not sure how her daughter caught the disease.

However, Sarah adds , “ I am very grateful to Mithini CFW shop because it is very accessible to me since I live 20 meters away.  I also appreciate the outreach programs because they are very educative, through which I have learnt about clearing bushes and draining stagnant water which are some of the  other ways of attracting mosquitoes. I have also learnt about treating water with PUR, which I buy at the shop.”

Sarah, who has in the past brought her children to Mithini CFW shop for other ailments  like amoeba and respiratory tract infections, says that it has been a while since anyone in her family has been sick. This she attributes to applying the knowledge she acquires in the outreach programs held fortnightly in the women group meetings in her local church."

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Greg Starbird Starbird

Vice President, The HealthStore Foundation®
Nairobi, Kenya

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