Chogoria is a rural community with high rates of poverty and disease and limited access to health resources. Children are extremely vulnerable in this situation: 60% of children suffer from malaria, 75% are affected by intestinal worms, and respiratory infections and diarrhea are leading causes of death. Childhood is a critical time for physical, mental and emotional development and serious health problems during this time can adversely affect an individual for the rest of their life.
We operate a mobile clinic that provides free health services at school, allowing students to access testing and treatment without the barriers of transportation and clinic fees. We provide malaria treatment, typhoid treatment, intestinal worm treatment, and antibiotics to all children with symptoms of disease. For prevention we begin each mobile clinic with health education session for students and provide subsized mosquito nets and water treatment to parents.
This project will provide preventative and curative health services to over 12,000 children each year to reduce the high rates of disease and sickness among children in Kenya. Childhood diseases prevent children from gaining a productive and meaningful education, limiting their chances for a bright future. Improving the overall health and well-being of Kenyan school children is essential for the development of individuals, communities and the nation.