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Jul 5, 2017

A visible impact in one girl's life

This is the story of Ednah. Ednah’s story is a sad one, and highlights the importance of HopeCore’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Program and the Maternal and Child Health Program, and the need for the youth in this region to be more aware of the consequences for having unprotected sex. Ednah is 16. Upon hearing of her pregnancy, the father of the child, and her mother, rejected her. Ednah found herself homeless and pregnant.

Ednah gave birth to a healthy, happy baby boy in July 2016 year in Nairobi. But during labor, she was injured. The perineal wall was torn, and she suffered from feces passing through on both sides of the wall. Not wanting to return to school where the other children would mock her, she chose to live in squatters’ quarters at a tea farm. Due to the extreme pain caused by this tear, Ednah reached out to the family of a HopeCore nurse, who brought her case to our attention. It was believed that Ednah was suffering from a fistula. HopeCore identified St. Mary’s Hospital in Nairobi as one that would offer fistula surgeries free of charge. Once Ednah was actually examined at St. Mary’s, it was discovered that it was a torn perineal wall instead of a Fistula. She was operated on and was back at home within the week.

It is stories like these that demonstrate the need for the maternal and child health workshops, because who is going to teach Ednah how to care for her child if her mother has abandoned her? Furthermore, it demonstrates the need for our health hotline. Some women and girls have no other resources and therefore, the health hotline becomes even more necessary. From this experience, we highlight the intersection between our sexual and reproductive health program, and our maternal and child health clinics.

Below are some other quotes from women who have participated in our clinics: 

"The lectures that you offer are of great benefit to us. The family planning services and treatment offered also saves us from travelling far to get them."

-Stella, Murunga Primary School

"I came so that I could learn about how my child is growing and have my child be treated by HopeCore's nurses. Today, I learned that it is important to take my child to the clinic regularly for growth monitoring and family planning. I am very very happy with the services you have offered. Please come again soon."

-Annrita, Kieni Primary

Apr 4, 2017

March: A month of special cases

Hello friends of HopeCore, 

While the basis of our programming is prevention and community health, every once in a while, we come across individual cases that we are compelled to act on. A few of these cases have been documented in the past through our website and blog

Each of these special cases is unique and comes with a new set of complications. In Kenya, the doctors were on strike for over 100 days in the first 3 months of this year. With doctors on strike, all public facilities were closed and community members had nowhere to turn. Now the doctors are back, but the nurses are still on strike in Tharaka Nithi County, where HopeCore operates. Therefore, the patients we have identified as needing specialized care need to travel further for treatment. 

At the same time, we also need to find out if our patients have national health insurance. If they are not registered, it takes up to 3 months before they can use their benefits. In addition to these two complications, patients seek many other barriers to quality care. 

In the month of March, through the assistance of a HopeCore friend and our mobile maternal and child health clinics, we identified two children with congenital cataracts, one child in need of surgery for an eye tumor, and another child with a massive tumor in the abdomen. Each of these patients will be transported to appropriate facilities to seek quality care in the month of April. 

We will keep everyone updated on their progress! 

Feb 27, 2017

Maternal and Child Health Clinics (25829)

Children at Maternal and Child Health Clinics
Children at Maternal and Child Health Clinics

HopeCore’s grassroots child and maternal health care delivery model is integrated, comprehensive and community-based.

We have demonstrated that we can sustain our program over 16 years, and have developed relationships and grown deep roots within our community. We have working partnerships with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, and over 200 schools.

We have placed 18,500 malaria prevention bed nets into our community.

We have distributed clean treated drinking water systems in 184 schools, reaching 45,000 students, which is a historic first in Kenya. We have also provided hand washing facilities with soap in each of these schools.

This program is extremely cost effective.

We provide clean drinking water for 25 cents per year, and handwashing soap at 30 cents per student, per year.

Over 12,000 women and children have been educated or treated through our child and maternal health clinics.

We are committed to leaving clinics and hospitals and taking health education, disease prevention, and curative services directly to our clients, in their schools, neighborhoods, marketplaces, and churches.

We have pioneered an age-appropriate health curriculum in all our 130 elementary and 25 secondary schools.

Our successful HIV prevention program is run by students, for students.

We operate a free health hotline for anyone in the community, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For 16 years, we have also operated a successful micro enterprise village bank, with a repayment rate consistently greater than 92%. This program allows families to afford better health care.

We have for you a complete 60-page referenced report that explains our child and maternal health program in detail.

What are our competitive advantages?

First, disease prevention is 100 times more cost effective than curative services.

Our mobile child and maternal health program operates out of 130 schools. We have no brick or mortar costs. We use the schools and community facilities to operate our programs.

For every dollar we receive, 99 cents are spent in Kenya.

By 2050, population predictions warn us that 45% of the world’s children will be on the African continent. The mothers and children we teach today will be the grandmothers and mothers of 2050.

The Ministry of Health has endorsed the expansion laid out in our 5-year strategic plan.

In the first two years, we plan to strengthen our present services to reach out to tens of thousands more women and children. 

In the following 3 years, we plan to grow our geographic coverage to reach 275,000 villagers by the year 2021.

To achieve our objectives, we are seeking donations from partners such as yourself.

I invite you to meet me, to visit our project site, and to join the network of partners and foundations which support us.

In some ways, I have been walking the path to this room for the last 50 years.

At times, it has been a difficult and lonely journey, but I no longer walk alone.

I am now accompanied by 50 empowered employees, a strong and committed US board, and the support of multiple foundations and individuals.

The health of African women and children depends on the decisions and choices you make today.

I urge you to join, and walk with us.

Thank you.

 

Nurses assisting Mothers with Children at MCH
Nurses assisting Mothers with Children at MCH
 
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