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Jan 22, 2019

Universal Health Coverage through CHWs

CHWs being trained on how to collect Data
CHWs being trained on how to collect Data

Community Health Works (CHWs) is an important network of individuals who spearhead Universal Health Care Coverage through dissemination health education and awareness to families who may not otherwise have access to health services/information due to social or economic reasons like cultural beliefs, poor infrastructure, illiteracy, disability and lack of initiative.

In 2018, HopeCore recruited 97 Community Health Workers who underwent 6 days training with a focus on the following areas:

 Day 1: Introduction, Roles and responsibilities of CHWs, qualities 

            of a community leader, communication skills, counselling skills.

Day 2: First Aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Day 3: Preconception care, focused antenatal care, individual birth plans, breastfeeding, family     

            Planning.

Day 3: Nutrition, malnutrition, growth monitoring, deworming, and Vitamin A

Day 4: Introduction to sexual and reproductive health, STIs, HIV/AIDS & PMTCT, tuberculosis,

            youth counselling and referrals, value clarification, data collection.

Day 5: Malaria, diarrhoea, oral rehydration therapy, coughs and colds, skin and eye infections

Day 6: Water, hygiene, and sanitation, data application training (Comcare).

 

We conduct a pre-test and post-test for the CHWs to determine their knowledge before and after the training. The trained CHWs are equipped with Android phones which has installed Commcare application, they are then trained on how to use the application in conducting household visits, health education and how to input data.

 Additionally, we hold monthly refresher training for the CHWs to ensure they are constantly engaged in continuous learning processes hence increasing their knowledge. 

In 2018, the CHWs managed to conduct 4,991 home visits with 2,819 children under 5 years they have offered health education to over 14,500 community members. The CHWs supplemented 2,499 children with vitamin A. The CHWs also identify cases of malnourished children and the children who have not to go immunization.

The Community Health Workers have also been able to help reduce cases of social isolation among patients eg stigma cases among HIV positive patients, provide grassroots health education in their villages, monitor pregnant women all through the pregnancy cycle more so by ensuring that they attend at least 4 antenatal clinics. The CHWs have made a huge impact in implementing universal health coverage.

Our target for 2019 is to expand the coverage of our services by increasing the number of Community Health Workers to 200. If funds are available, we shall equip all the 200 Community Health Workers with blood pressure measuring machines. These would enable the CHWs to monitor the ever-rising cases of blood pressure in their villages and make referrals to our facility. 

Dec 21, 2018

A summary of 2018

2018 has been a successful year at Village HopeCore where we have witnessed remarkable success through our health program in Maara Sub County. When managed to conduct 425 mobile clinics in schools and 465 Maternal and Child Health Clinics. Our main targets were children under 5 years, we conducted over 16,586 growth monitoring and supplemented 4,536 children on Vitamin A. In 2018.

Early 2018, we recruited 48 Neighbourhood Community Health Volunteers who have greatly supported in disseminating health education in the villages. The NCHVs have managed to conduct 4,686 home visits and offered health education to over 14,000 community members. The NCHVs also conduct follow up on immunization, pregnancies and children neglect or abuse cases. 

Village HopeCore also focused on ensuring that parents have manageable families which were implemented through family planning education and services. We managed to offer family planning services to 3,094 clients and we distributed 42,117 condoms.  

In April, we conducted teachers training with an aim of making the teachers champion health services in their respective schools. Our Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) program delivered 4,512 bottles of water treating reagent and 6,580 litres of soap to our partner school. We also conducted water testing using some test kits that helped identify if the drinking water in school tanks are treated or not.

 Here are some additional 2017 highlights.

  • We trained 228 teachers as health champions for their respective school.
  • We increased health clubs in partner schools from 40 to 88 with a membership of 19,547 students.
  • Our WASH programme delivered 6,580 litres of soap.
  • We distributed 2,760 treated mosquito nets to at school entry level.

2019 resolutions and objectives include:

  • Recruit and train 112 Neighbourhood Community Health Volunteers.
  • Set up a laboratory.
  • Create a deworming plan for all students every three months.
  • Reach out to 85% of children in the sub-county with free health services.
  • Distribute 5,500 treated mosquito nets to children at school entry level.
  • Offer Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) to 7,000 youths.
  • Reduce the number of girls missing classes due to lack of sanitary towels by 90% through the distribution of sanitary pads.
  • Increase the number of health clubs in schools from 88 to 150.

We are looking forward to a very successful 2019

Best captions of 2018 are attached below.

Our malaria prevention program
Our malaria prevention program
We helped Stacy get a wheelchair
We helped Stacy get a wheelchair
Nov 5, 2018

Community Health Worker Sponsorship

 

Hello friends, 

Our MedTreks team is excited to return to Kenya this January to provide education and training to the HopeCore public health team.

 

This season MedTreks has been focusing on assisting Village HopeCore's Community Health Worker campaign to support and sponsor community health workers in Kenya. 

 

We are specifically raising funds to purchase supplies and training materials for the community health workers in Kenya, these include blood pressure cuffs, pulse oximeters, first aid books, stethoscopes, and various other medical resources. We are hoping to equip our entire team of community health workers this January when we return to Kenya! 

 

Any additional funds will be directed towards the training and sponsorship of a community health worker in Kenya! 

 

Thank you again for your support and we will post pictures when we return from our trip in January! 

 

Asante Sana, 

The MedTreks team

 
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