About to arrive at the village
He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything
ABC News Team Ventures out with CHAT’s Camel Mobile Clinic:
Hello to all of our donors,
First off, a bucket full of thank yous for the contributions made to CHAT to date. It is because of your generosity and care that the camels will be packed up again, heading up north on the 1st of March for a month long trip. From the figures below, you can see just how many individuals will benefit from your giving. Thank you. Thank you….
And that is not all. We have some more exciting news to share: CHAT will be a part of ABC News “Be the Chance to Save A Life” series, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation! In December, ABC reporters joined our camel mobile clinic for A portion of the trek in the Samburu and Laikipia regions of northern Kenya. Normally, the clinic team consists of 6-8 camels, three camel handlers, one nurse, and two community-based health counselors (CBHC), trained in Family Planning mobilisation & HIV/AIDS testing/ counseling. And this time, for a week, there were lots of cameras, lights, and microphones.
But our clinic set-up was still very simple, just as we like it. Sticking to the basics is something we are always mindful of because it enables FLEXIBILITY. This important aspect allows us to deliver door-to-door integrated health services to the so called un-reachable and often culturally, very traditional communities, living in regions where environment can be unpredictable. Below are the figures from this past December’s camel mobile intervention:
- 3500 condoms distributed
- 19 women received a 3 month Depovera injection
- 231 women received long-term (5 year) contraceptive implant - Jardel.
Basic Curatives: (TB, STI, Malaria, Pneumonia, Gastroenteritis, Conjunctivitis, etc)
HIV/AIDS counseling and testing:
- 1,779 participants
- 528 individuals tested
The figures are really quite remarkable. The only challenge we face with our camel mobile clinic, as opposed to our other clinics, is our inability to refrigerate immunizations. Because the team is out for a month at a time, cool storage is needed to keep and easily transport the inoculations. One such invention we are experimenting with is a solar powered refrigerator-in-a-box. Presently, there are still a few kinks that need to be worked out, but it is many steps in the right direction!
Be sure to check back to see when the ABC segment will be airing- you will get a glimpse of our trusty caravan of camels at work, and a closer look at the innovative solar refrigerator. You may even have some suggestions…..
Endless thank yous to all of our donors for helping us deliver this important basic need of health services to these many otherwise forgotten communities.
Check back next soon for another mobile report.
Click on the attached link to get a sneak peek at the ABC segment.