Project #2284

Mobilizing Grassroots Health Workers

by Riders for Health
Jun 4, 2010

May 2010 update

Simiyu’s legs were painfully swollen
Simiyu’s legs were painfully swollen

Dear friends,

Thank you for all your support towards Riders for Health and our work in Kenya. Riders are thrilled by the way the GlobalGiving donors continue to support our work in Kenya which is making such a difference to communities living in some of the poorest and most remote regions of the Western Province.

At Riders we know that mobilising health workers has a huge impact on their productivity and on the well-being of the communities they are responsible for. Riders is working in Kenya to mobilise carers from grass-roots organisations by training them in safe motorcycle riding and basic preventive maintenance to ensure that the vehicle never breaks down, leaving a health worker stranded and a community unreached. Bungoma Home Based Care and Supprt is one the the grass-roots organisations that Riders have been partnering with.

Bungoma Home Based Care and Support Bungoma Home Based Care and Support (Bungoma) offer home-based care to people living with HIV/AIDS and support and education to orphans and vulnerable children. Before the donation of six Riders motorcycles, Bungoma were covering three districts in the Western Province of Kenya. Now, they are covering all seven districts of the Province.

One of the key areas that reliable transport has allowed Bungoma to develop is the tracing and counselling of men and women who default on their antiretroviral treatment (ARVs). This kind of counselling is very important as once off ARVs, a person living with HIV/AIDS’s health can deteriorate very rapidly, leaving them susceptible to a range of infections and opportunitstic diseases.

The story of Simiyu Simiyu had been on a course of ARVs for a year but ignored the doctor’s ordered and stopped taking them once he started to feel well again. When Dorothy Wafula, a carer from Bungoma, found Simiyu he was hungry, bed-ridden and unable to walk due to his painfully swollen legs and feet. He had given up all hope of recovery.

“I had decided to come and be buried home so that the community may know that HIV/AIDS is bad” said Simiyu.

Dorothy immediately referred Simiyu to hospital where he was treated for a range of conditions including diarrhoea and a severe cough.

Thanks to her motorcycle, Dorothy was able to visit Simiyu three times a week after he was released from hospital to ensure that he continued to recover and that he was thoroughly counselled in the importance of adherence to ARVs. She provided him with immune-system boosters and ensured he was getting the right level of nutrition. Dorothy also delivered the ARVs to Simiyu’s home as he could not walk to hospital to collect them himself. Simiyu has now vowed never to miss a single pill again.

“Were it not for a community health worker who was on a routine visit in the village using their bike, Simiyu would have been dead. He’s now back in the community and on his feet again, taking ARVs,” reported Martin Lukhale, Director of Bungoma.

I hope that you have found this report of interest and feel the impact that your support is having. For more information on Riders and our work, please don’t hesitate to visit or contact me at

With thanks and best wishes,

Astrid Astrid Jenkinson Fundraising Officer Riders for Health

A health worker on the road
A health worker on the road

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Riders for Health

Location: Chicago, IL - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Riders for Health
Project Leader:
Jake Fuchs
Chicago, IL United States

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