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Dec 4, 2019

Summary of 2019

2019 MCH REPORT INTRODUCTION

This report highlights the achievements of Village HopeCore’s MCH project for the period between January 1st 2019 and November 31st 2019. The MCH project’s main target is children under five years and their mothers. Services offered to under five children are nutritional assessments through monitoring of parameters such as weight for age, height for age, weight for height, head circumference and mid upper arm circumference (MUAC). Any deviation from normal receive the appropriate action including nutritional counselling, nutritional supplements and referral & follow-ups for severely malnourished. The children also receive free treatment services, supplementation with vitamin A and dewormers. Our services to the mothers include free health messages, free screening of non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes mellitus. Expectant mothers receive free antenatal, postnatal and treatment services. In addition, we offer free Family planning services The clients are reached through our mobile MCH clinics in schools, churches and other public spaces such as chief’s camps. We also run our community clinic situated at our Chogoria offices. Our team of 206 community health volunteers do household visits to reach the mothers and children with appropriate tier 1 primary health care services

THE COMMUNITY CLINIC

We are glad to report that we have started to run a community laboratory linked to the clinic. The laboratory has been duly registered and licensed to operate. The laboratory is offering free services to pregnant mothers including free antenatal profiles and other diagnostic services. Children under five years also receive free laboratory tests. We have also contracted the services of a medical doctor who sees patients both in the clinic and in the field 6 days every month Since January, 1201 children have been treated in the clinic with the laboratory doing 47 ANC profiles and doing different tests to 86 children under five years. The clinic has also treated 5559 adult patients. MOBILE CLINICS We have conducted a total of 439 mobile MCH clinic reaching 12862 children under five and 4693 mothers and fathers with treatment services. During these clinics, we reached 7755 children with growth monitoring services with 36 of them being referred to a dietician due to severe malnutrition We also collaborated with the county government in using the beyond zero track, an initiative by Kenya’s first lady aimed at reaching pregnant mothers and children in hard to reach areas with health services with the main goal of zero maternal, infant and child deaths. We conducted 12 beyond zero clinics, serving 48 pregnant mothers and doing 33 ANC profiles

COMMUNITY HEALTH VOLUNTEERS

This year, our 206 CHVs made a total of 40365 home visits. During these visits, they did growth monitoring to 8613 children with 201 of them having MUAC red requiring referral, nutritional counselling and follow up. The CHVs also visited pregnant mothers 1785 times, counselling them on importance of 4 ANC visits, skilled delivery and helping the mothers form individualized birth plans. Newborn children are also visited by CHVs 24 hours, on day 3 and day 7 after delivery to identify any danger signs in the newborns, problems with breastfeeding and bonding. Since January, our CHVs have visited newborns 1217 times, educating mothers on exclusive breastfeeding, child spacing and importance of adhering to immunization schedule.

CHALLENGES

Our laboratory took a long time before being inspected, registered and licensed by Kenya Medical Laboratories Technicians and Technologists Board (KMLTTB) hence losing valuable time and opportunity We are still not able to offer all the major laboratory services to the community due to the lack of various automated machines e.g. BIO chemistry analyzer, Immunoassay analyzer, and hormones analyzer, etc. Change in regulation. A law has been passed requiring only laboratory personnel to do HIV testing and blood sugar tests. This has reduced the number being screened for diabetes and HIV since we only have one laboratory technician

WAY FORWARD

We are charging a subsidized cost to other adult clients for both clinical and lab services with the income being ploughed back into the operations of the two. This is aimed at ensuring sustainability of the project We aim to increase our fundraising efforts to be able to purchase other diagnostic machines such as Biochemistry analyzer to increase the range of tests being done and upgrade the lab from the current class. Increasing our range of services will enable us to be accredited by the national health insurer hence bigger client base and sustainability

CONCLUSION

We would like to appreciate the global giving platform for the chance to capacity build in the area of fundraising and the funds raised this far. The visibility offered by the platform has also gone a long way in marketing our project

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
 
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