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Oct 24, 2019

MedTreks Kenya Teams Return in January!

Dear friends, 

Our MedTreks teams are excited to return to Chogoria this January to work with Village HopeCore International. Every time our team returns, we have a focus for our time in the village. This year's focus, we will be involved in the first 5-day certification training for HopeCore's Community Health Volunteers. We will be helping to set up skills stations, teaching on various topics from CPR, first aid, splinting, and basic public health interventions. 

We are also hoping to provide every CHV their own first aid kit. If you would like to sponsor a community health volunteer with a first aid kit, you can donate $50 to purchase a basic first aid kit. You can also sponsor an entire training for a CHW which is $300 which includes transportation, meals, education materials, uniform, certificate, smartphone, and first aid kit.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support in helping to improve the health of others!

 

Sincerely,

Ari and the MedTreks team  

Sep 9, 2019

Quality Healthcare for UHC.

Patients outside  HopeCore's Office clinic
Patients outside HopeCore's Office clinic

With Kenya gearing up to achieve Universal Health Coverage by 2022, stakeholders are steadily building on the milestones achieved so far while seeking to address the gaps that have been pointed out as a potential hindrance to achieving this master plan. All these efforts are premised on the provision of Quality Health services as a basic right to all Kenyans as enshrined in the Kenyan constitution. This commitment resonates strongly with the global community aspirations as outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In July 2019, Village HopeCore participated in an inaugural Quality Healthcare Awards sponsored by Africa Health Business in partnership with Amref-Kenya.

Our CEO, Dr Kajira Mugambi, was nominated under the Healthcare Leadership category where he emerged second nationwide in this category. This is a clear indication that our health program has made a significate impact on the lives of many Kenyans to the scope that the impact is felt and recognized nationwide.

We have conducted 118 mobile maternal child health clinics where 2,716 Mothers were educated on family planning, nutrition, breastfeeding, malaria and diabetes. In the MCH clinics, we did growth monitoring to 2,222 children and 1,937 children accessed free treatment services.

Our office-based full-time clinic has greatly expanded, we have integrated Antenatal profiling for expectant mothers where we have witnessed the number of women who visit our clinic increase weekly. The women prefer to visit our clinic because of the quality service that we offered by our clinical team. Our clinic offers free service to children under 5 year and expectant mothers, the other clients do pay a subsidized price to cover the medication. With our three months reporting period, 1541clients have been a treat at the facility. We have also family planning services to 43 women, this includes implant insertion and removal among other services. We are in the process of setting up a laboratory at the facility where women and children can assess quality laboratory service. The laboratory shall be operational as from Mid-September

In August, we hosted 9 MedTreks members, this is a group of nurses from different states in the USA who visit Village HopeCore. https://www.medtreks.org/get-involved. During their one week stay, they trained our clinical team on IUD insertion and removal, postpartum depression & psychosis. The community health workers were trained on helping a baby breath and CPR. They MedTreks team also joined our community health staff in mobile maternal child health clinics. HopeCore’s key strength is continuous capacity building for the community health team to enable them to offer quality services the children & the women in our community, it’s the best strategy for developing staff skills while working for the organization.

Additionally, have partnered with 5 local health facilities where our Community Health Volunteers refer the clients. Our main focus is to ensure the community has access to health services from the nearest health facility. Additionally, have partnered with the County Department of Health Services and Sanitation where we conduct 12 joint outreaches in most remote areas using the County’s Beyond Zero truck. Through these outreach events, we have been able to provide immunization services, laboratory tests and Ante-Natal Clinic profile and physical examination for expectant mothers.

We are glad to report that we currently have a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Village HopeCore International and the Tharaka Nithi County Department of Health Services and Sanitation. This is a milestone in strengthening our partnership with the County Government with a common goal of enhancing Universal Health Coverage in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya.

Village HopeCore could not have attained all this if it were not for your generous contribution/donation, thank you for the continued support.

 

A father bringing his child to our mobile  MCH cli
A father bringing his child to our mobile MCH cli
MedTreks nurse training Community Health Workers
MedTreks nurse training Community Health Workers
Quality Healthcare Leadership Award
Quality Healthcare Leadership Award
Jul 29, 2019

Celebrating the African Mother and Child

Hello friends!

We are excited to share that another MedTreks team will be returning next week to Kenya to work with Village HopeCore! If you would like to follow our teams while we are over there, follow us on Instagram @medtreks_international

The theme for this trip is "Celebrating the African Mother and Child". We will be working to provide training in various maternal child health topics. We will also be helping out at the community pop-up clinics throughout the week. 

As many of you know, part of our goal for the MedTreks program is not just to provide ongoing medical and clinical education, but it is also to help provide much needed medical supplies to the public health program in Kenya. Since our teams travel over twice a year now, we are able to bring most of the donated items in our bags, which helps HopeCore out tremendously.

Below you will find a list of clinic items that are needed in Kenya. If you would like to make a specific donation just add the donation item in the description when you submit your payment. 

Thank you for your continued support of our program!

Asante Sana! 

~Ari & the MedTreks Team

 

LIST OF ITEMS NEEDED IN OUR CLINIC

Otoscope speculum

Hand sanitizers

Gauzes and bandages

Gloves

Nebulization drugs e.g. salbutamol

Pocket manuals

Drug index

Surgical blade

Fetal Doppler

Pill counters 

IUD Insertion pack

Cervical cancer screening kit

Baby friendly wall stickers

BMI charts

Statue meter

ANC wheel

Height measuring mart

Nebulization mask

Wound care ointment

 

 
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