Outreach for vital health services in rural Kenya

Dec 14, 2012

Merlin Kenya Update from the Field

Merlin's Kisii office

Merlin Kenya Updates

- 30 health facilities have been supplied with essential drugs & medical consumables mainly for emergency response and preparedness.

- 54,123 beneficiaries were treated for various illnesses in the project supported outreaches according to national guidelines.

- On-the-job training on rational use of drugs and for improving quality of health care is being provided to outreach teams.

- Additional outreach equipment has been procured to ensure quality services are provided. Among items procured and distributed to various outreach teams were: anthropometric tools (30 height boards and 30 weighing scales) for use by the outreach teams in screening and accurate referral of malnourished cases according to the IMAM guidelines, and foldable furniture (15 tables and 15 chairs) to facilitate the teams when providing services in the resource limited settings.

- 2 social mobilizers supported by 4 clinical officers and 4 nurses have been providing psychosocial support to caregivers of severely malnourished children admitted to stabilization centres (SCs).

 - All admissions to SCs, upon discharge are referred to the nearest outpatient sites in the county (OTP) site for continued care. Cases that require specialized care as a result of illnesses are referred to specialized clinics that will provide the necessary care needed. Examples of such clinics are comprehensive care clinics (CCCs) for HIV clients and TB clinics for TB clients.


Turkana Specific Activities

- Merlin facilitated the training of 35 DHMT members, 15 CHEWs and 100 CHWs from the 3 supported districts on community strategy. This led to establishment of 2 community units in Loima and Turkana South Districts. The trainings were conducted according to the MOH curriculum.

- Merlin participated in mass distribution of azithromycin, for prevention of trachoma, which is on the increase.


Kisii Specific Activities

- Contract signed with CARE/CDC for continuation of HIV/AIDS project through Sep 2013.

- During the past quarter, 10 new facilities initiated ART services in Kisii facilities, bringing decentralization to 44 of 49 Merlin-supported facilities.

- The HIV testing and counseling (HTC) project in Kisii changed its strategy from community outreach to workplaces, necessitated by need to reach tea factory workers: 637 workers at 4 factories were tested for HIV, with 11 testing positive (1.7%).

Stella Moraa Gwaro, Merlin community health worker
Stella Moraa Gwaro, Merlin community health worker
Mother & child, outreach distribution Sasak, Kenya
Mother & child, outreach distribution Sasak, Kenya

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