Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership

by Brighter Communities Worldwide
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Stronger health through Irish & Kenyan partnership
Talks on breast feeding at Momoniat dispensary
Talks on breast feeding at Momoniat dispensary

‘The COVID-19 pandemic and geopolitical conflicts have widened and deepened inequalities tipping more people into food insecurity’.  This was a key message marking World Breast Feeding Week in Kenya August 1st to 7th.

Breast feeding has been adversely impacted by the pandemic because over stretched health systems have led to a deterioration in breast feeding support from health workers, misinformation discouraged breast feeding when COVID-19 was suspected and physical distancing and lock downs meant parents did not have a source of support and information from family contacts or community peer support groups. In many cases, targeted advertising scared parents into formula feeding instead of breast feeding.

Parental support for breast feeding is vital as breast milk provides food security to infants from the very beginning of life contributing to food security for the whole family.  All the more important right now as drought and rising prices threatens food supplies for families across Kenya.

Last week, the staff team in Kenya provided health talks on breast feeding to address these issues. During the talks, they encouraged mothers to breast feed their babies exclusively for six months to give their babies the best nutritional start in life. They shared information with mothers on how to hold the baby when breastfeeding and what constitutes a good diet for the mother. The talked about how mothers who are in employment and are not with their babies for the whole day can express their milk and taught them the process and how to store the milk.

Breast Feeding week is an annual event but this year in response to the impact of COVID-19, Brighter Communities Worldwide in partnership with the Ministry of Health delivered the health talks in parts of the county that are hard to reach and do not have permanent health facilities. The mothers were happy to have such knowledge since most mothers from remote areas introduce babies to other foods early and so it was of great help to them to learn the real benefits of six months of breast milk only.

The event was open to both mothers and fathers because the father can support the mother emotionally and can also feed the expressed milk to the baby in the absence of the mother. Most men do not attend such talks because of the cultural belief that this is ‘women’s business’ but weeks like this help generate discussion and raise awareness across the community.

Your support makes all the difference in supporting events like this as part of our maternal and new-born health programme. Thank you! Please feel welcome to share this report with your circle of friends and family - every single donation makes a difference.

Ante-natal care for new borns
Ante-natal care for new borns
Breast feeding instruction at Momoniat dispensary
Breast feeding instruction at Momoniat dispensary
World Breast Feeding week August 1st to 7th
World Breast Feeding week August 1st to 7th
Health talks about breast feeding
Health talks about breast feeding
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Vaccination Centre at Londiani Sub-County Hospital
Vaccination Centre at Londiani Sub-County Hospital

Thank you so much for your support of this project strengthening health through Irish and Kenyan partnership.

The health of the communities we are working with continues to be impacted by COVID-19, while many parts of the world are putting the pandemic behind them, it is far from over in Kenya.  Our emergency response continues and we are supporting the community with soap, water, information on preventing transmission and on the vaccination rollout. Right now 27.9% of adults in Kericho County are fully vaccinated and we are supporting the logistics involved e.g. supplying fridges, vaccine cooler boxes, PPE, transport, in getting the vaccine to the people.  Everyday health facilities are looking for more supplies of masks, gloves, gowns, hand-sanitiser to enable them to stay open and safely deliver health services to the community.   

In December Brighter Communities Worldwide built a vaccine centre in Londiani Sub-County Hospital to administer the COVID-19 vaccine, and has supported up to 35 outreach clinics a month to bring the vaccine to remote communities.  Vaccine supplies can be stored at the vaccine centre and cooler boxes are provided for health care workers to transport the vaccines to the outreach clinics.

Earlier this year, Community Health Volunteers undertook training in looking after the households they are assigned to.  Part of their training includes Remote Emergency Care (REC) course which focuses on immediate and urgent care in remote settings. The Community Health Volunteers learn first response skills as well as stabilisation and transfer of patients to a health facility. Specific focus is included on how to safely carry and transport a pregnant woman especially if she is already in labour. Kericho county is a largely rural area with many parts inaccessible by road and if a mum is in difficulty then she has to be carried to a road where a vehicle can transport her to hospital. During this year, the target is to train 160 volunteers in Remote Emergency Care.

Your support makes all the difference in safeguarding the lives of the health workers and community we work with.  Thank you! Please feel welcome to share this report with your circle of friends and family - every single donation makes a difference.

PPE supply for health care workers
PPE supply for health care workers
Remote Emergency Care training
Remote Emergency Care training
Remote Emergency Care scenarios
Remote Emergency Care scenarios
Specialised cooler box for vaccine transport
Specialised cooler box for vaccine transport
COVID-19 vaccine administered at Vaccine Centre
COVID-19 vaccine administered at Vaccine Centre
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Maria Kidney
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