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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

 

Jun 10, 2019

Implementing a comprehensive MCH Project

Growth Monitoring
Growth Monitoring

Our maternal child health project has continuously impacted the lives of thousands of children and mothers in Mwimbi and Muthambi Sub-counties, Tharaka Nithi County in Eastern Kenya. Our comprehensive healthcare approach is based on three key pillars: education, prevention, and curative health services.

We have continued strengthening our MCH project by putting much emphasis on the 14 child health survival technologies: Consuming only clean drinking water, regular hand washing, staying up-to-date with basic immunizations, basic antibiotics access, oral rehydration therapy to recoup nutrients lost during bouts of diarrhoea, Vitamin A supplementation, roundworm deworming, growth chart monitoring, prolonged breastfeeding, using proper child spacing techniques, all members of the household sleeping under malaria-preventing bed nets, HIV testing and counselling, basic prenatal care and follow-up, and finally family planning education and access.

We have been able to conduct 119 maternal child health clinics across Mwimbi and Muthambi Sub-counties where 2,725 mothers were educated on various health topics of their interest. During the mobile clinics, growth monitoring was conducted to 2,170 children under 5 years.

Our fulltime office clinic has continued registering an increase in number clients seeking out our service, we managed to offer free treatment to 389 children under 5 years, we did free HIV counselling and testing to 286 mothers who visited our clinic. For clients who turned out to be positive, we referred them to a nearby facility that provides comprehensive healthcare services for HIV positive clients.

We have continued strengthening our approach to community health by offering continuous capacity building to our community health volunteers. The Community Health Volunteers spearhead the preventive aspect of our maternal child health project by disseminating correct health messages to mothers in their respective community Units.

The CHVs were able to conduct 14,463 home visits where they educated mothers on Cholera, breastfeeding, nutrition, vitamins, deworming, hypertension, handwashing, water purification, malaria prevention, the importance of having latrines and family planning.

Additionally, the CHVs conducted growth monitoring to 1851 children using the Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) tape, they referred 204 pregnant women for ANC visits as a strategy of ensuring all expectant mothers attend at least 4 ANC clinics, the CHVs counsel 315 hypertension clients and refer 76 children who had defaulted immunization were referred to nearby health facilities in order to receive the services.

The CHVs also identified one child who had tuberculosis and the parents had neglected him, through this intervention, the child is currently under tuberculosis medication and his health is improving, the mother was also tested for TB where she was found to be TB positive and she is currently under medication too.

Of the 14,463 homes visited by CHVs, 494 homes did not have functional toilets, the CHVs made follow-ups to ensure that the homes have functioning latrines to prevent open defecation. Most of the homes visited by CHVs have installed a handwashing station, this has been a direct effort of the CHVs in campaigning for better hygiene and sanitation in their respective village.

Our maternal child health project has achieved all these because of the comprehensive approach we give towards attaining universal healthcare where the community is fully involved through community health volunteers. 

May 2, 2019

MedTreks on Malaria

Today is World Malaria Day and MedTreks is proud to announce a new project called "Kids Helping Kids" that focuses on Malaria Prevention and Eradication. 

The project aims to purchase 5,000 new long-lasting insecticide treated bednets for Village HopeCore by August 2019. The idea of the project was created by one of the MedTreks Faculty, Jenny Denger and her two sons Crixus (6) and Tayden (8), who will be traveling to Kenya with Jenny and her husband as part of the MedTreks team this August. 

 

The boys are working to raise the funds and also helping to spread information about malaria that kills a child every 2 minutes, yet it is a preventable illness with low-cost interventions such as bednets. 

 

To help sponsor a net you can check out our new project: Kids Helping Kids 

 

Thank you again for your continued support, helping us empower health workers and communities in Kenya! 

 

Asante Sana, 

The MedTreks Team. 

 
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