Global Health Partnerships Inc

Global Health Partnerships (GHP) is an organization of medical professionals and other volunteers who work as partners with local organizations, Ministries of Health, and local health care providers to improve the health and well-being of the poor. GHP provides humanitarian aid, medication and supplies, and medical services and training of local health workers .
Jun 12, 2013

Local health workers are key to success

Mothers with children attending outreach clinic
Mothers with children attending outreach clinic

The poorest children at highest risk for hunger and malnutrition often live in isolated villages far from a clinic or hospital. Finding those who are most in need of treatment can be challenging. Once the malnourished children are found, their growth and response to treatment can be difficult to monitor. The Global Health Partnerships (GHP) project relies on volunteer community health workers (CHWs) trained by GHP to accomplish these tasks. The CHWs live in the villages and know the families well. They coordinate outreach clinics on weekends where the children are weighed and measured to assess their nutritional status, and immunizations are also given. Those meeting the criteria for severe or moderately severe malnutrition are enrolled in the GHP therapeutic feeding program. Severe malnutrition is treated with Plumpy’nut®, a fortified peanut-based paste. Children with less severe malnutrition receive Unimix, a fortified soy-corn flour blend that is made into a porridge. The CHWs help monitor the growth of the children and provide the mothers with a supply of Plumpy’nut® and Unimix every 2 weeks. The high success rate of this therapeutic feeding program can be largely attributed to these dedicated CHWs.

A CHW monitoring a child
A CHW monitoring a child's growth
A CHW weighing a child with a hanging Salter scale
A CHW weighing a child with a hanging Salter scale
Mar 28, 2013

Report from the field: maternity center planning

Mother & newborn after delivery in clinic
Mother & newborn after delivery in clinic

In my role as the project leader, I have been working at the site in Kisesini village and reviewing the construction plans. A meeting was conducted with the Kenya Ministry of Health district directors and Ministry of Public Works director to present the architectural drawings and obtain the required governmental approval. The plans were approved, and now a contractor is being selected through a bidding process. However, funds are still needed from generous donors if the project is to proceed as planned.

During my visit several women arrived in labor and delivered at the clinic. They returned home, sometimes walking a long distance, after only a few hours of observation. Hopefully, in the near future a maternity center will be available so that the mothers and their newborn infants can rest and receive appropriate care and observation for a longer period of time in a safe and comfortable setting.   



Mar 14, 2013

Project leader'ss report from the field

Nurse Theresia caring for Mirriam
Nurse Theresia caring for Mirriam


For the past month I have been working at the project site, living in the village of
Kisesini with the Kenyan nurses. Today I was asked by the nurses to see Mirriam
(shown in photo), a 22 month old girl whose mother carried her to the clinic
because of a fever and diarrhea. Miriam was suffering from severe malnutrition,
with a weight of only 6.1 kg (13 lb 6 oz). She was dehydrated as well as
malnourished, so fluids were given (intravenous at first, then oral rehydration
solution). Antibiotics were also administered, since they have been shown in
studies to improve the survival of children with acute malnutrition. When she
able to eat the Plumpy’nut food supplements, she was sent home with a supply of
the packets, with close follow-up planned.

During the 3 months since the last project report, the therapeutic feeding program for children
with malnutrition has treated seven children with severe malnutrition, and 18
children with moderately severe malnutrition. Thanks to your generosity, all of
these children are being monitored with frequent check-ups to ensure full
recovery, as they receive their nutritious food supplements of Plumpy’nut and
Unimix. We are also continuing the feeding of the other 17 extremely poor families with monthly food rations.

 
   

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