Health
 Kenya
Project #6281

Protect 1800 people on Kokwa Island from Malaria

by Network for Ecofarming in Africa

Kokwa community once again is disappointed as the county government did not keep promise as earlier promised.  They had hoped that the dispensary will be in operational as from October as the promise was but to their surprise less has been done towards finishing, stocking and staffing the dispensary to serve the need community in Kokwa Island.  The volunteer nurse is working hard to assist the community which involves her walking through the rocky terrain during the night to assist the mothers delivering babies in their huts.  This has been a challenge since the Island is very rocky, dark and risks attack by the snakes, crocodile’s hippopotamus among other wild animals in the Island.  Most of the families in the Island live in mud grass thatched huts which are very small and shared by all family members therefore not very hygiene for delivery but since the Island does not have an operational maternity at the moment, these mothers have no choice but to deliver in their small huts sometimes without assistant by the nurse or qualified person.  Since they don’t have reliable source of income, they cannot afford to go to Marigat General Hospital where they can get delivery services.  For these and many other health related issues, the community appeals to the County Government and well-wishers to consider finishing, stocking and staffing the dispensary so that they can benefit from the services as it is their right.  The area is very dry at the moment and since they received very little rainfall last year, makes the situation even worse.  It is our hope that the county government will put into consideration Kokwa Community towards health issues and improve the current status.  We thank all the well-wishers who have considered supporting the community and we look forward to more support in this New Year. 

The Baringo County Government is working hard to ensure that the new dispensary will be operating this October. They are currently doing the final touches and they have assured the community that they have already ordered for drugs and equipment required for it to start operating. The community is excited about this and they still hope that they will enjoy the facility which they have waited for so long. The community has a volunteer nurse who is currently working in the temporary dispensary and they are happy since she is assisting them on health issues and well-wishers in partnership with Network for Ecofarming in Africa (NECOFA) and the community are supporting her towards her monthly allowances since she is not payed by the County Government. The community hopes that the County Government will as well employ permanent nurse(s) once the dispensary is in operation. We hope that Baringo County Government will put into consideration Kokwa community health needs as they deserve to have them. We thank all our supporters for their kind contributions towards health issues of Kokwa community.

We are happy to report that soon Kokwa community will be having a new dispensary as the Baring County Government has really worked hard in construction of the new dispensary after the failed project by CDF.  The dispensary has already been roofed and they are now doing the finishing work they have promised that By September everything will be done including stocking the dispensary with the necessary drugs and equipment ready for use by the community by October 2016.  This is  really good for the community as they have been looking forward to this.  We thank the Baringo County Government for their quick actions and we are optimistic that they will keep the promise of the dispensary being operational by October 2016.  The area is still dry and hot and the community is hoping for the rains very soon. 

We have continued working closely with the community and especially on health issues where we have done some activities with them to improve their nutrition health.  We have supported a women group with a cow and 5 dairy goats to ensure that their families will have improved nutrition health and at the same time the group will generate income from sales of milk from the cow and dairy goats to the larger Kokwa community.  Although this is very little just like “a drop of water in the ocean,” we are piloting this project to monitor the impact that it will create.  If successful, we are ready to fundraise for many more such projects.  We welcome all our well-wishers to join us in making our dreams into reality.  We thank all those who have continued to support the Kokwa community and to encourage them continue supporting them. 

Kokwa dispensary construction has not been progressing on very well despite the slow pace as it has been.   There have been conflicts between County government and the office of the Constituency Development Funds (CDF).  Initially, Kokwa dispensary project was funded through Constituency Development Fund (CDF) but they did not fully implemente the project when the County Government came in and offered to construct a dispensary for the Kokwa community they did not want to continue with the already constructed part by the CDF and instead opted to start their own construction they started the foundation work and CDF gave up and stopped their construction.  At the moment there are 2 unfinished structures at Kokwa but the county government is still continuing with the project.    They held meeting with the community and promised that they will construct the dispensary to its completion.  The community is now optimistic after being in the darkness for a long time.  They hope that the county government will keep the words and speed up the process.  We have continued working with community and supporting families with very serious health problems mainly referred to other hospitals for further medication.  We hope for the best very soon as we realize that many people are really struggling and suffering from their unhealthy status which cannot be solved at the current temporary dispensary.  The area has been very dry and the community is struggling to provide food for their families we hope the situation will improve soon to the benefit of the community.  We thank all those who have contributed to the succes of this community this far.  We urge them to consider supporting the community even further for them to improve their living standards.

The progress in Kokwa is good with the community enjoying the previous support on dispensary furniture and other medical equipment. The dispensary is still under construction still at a slower pace but we hope that it will be completed soon. The government representative in the area had conducted a meeting with the community and promised them on improvement towards contribution. Although the community still has the temporary dispensary, they feel the need of having the main dispensary and its operations, since most of the cases have been referred to other hospitals apparently being very expensive and some of them not affording the high costs including transport costs and some end up suffering even more. We hope the situation improves and the community will continue benefiting from the facility. We continue supporting them in all ways possible and especially supplying drugs to them. We are still fundraising towards medical camp with hopes of conducting it in the course of this year. Join us in improving health life of Kokwa community. Thank you for your generosity.

 

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Network for Ecofarming in Africa

Location: MOLO, RIFT VALLEY - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​necofakenya@wordpress.com
Project Leader:
Samuel Muhunyu
Project Leader
Molo, Rift Valley Kenya

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