PROVIDING HEALTHCARE TO CHILDREN IN RURAL KENYA

by Kianda Foundation Educational Trust
PROVIDING HEALTHCARE TO CHILDREN IN RURAL KENYA
PROVIDING HEALTHCARE TO CHILDREN IN RURAL KENYA
PROVIDING HEALTHCARE TO CHILDREN IN RURAL KENYA
PROVIDING HEALTHCARE TO CHILDREN IN RURAL KENYA
PROVIDING HEALTHCARE TO CHILDREN IN RURAL KENYA
PROVIDING HEALTHCARE TO CHILDREN IN RURAL KENYA
PROVIDING HEALTHCARE TO CHILDREN IN RURAL KENYA
PROVIDING HEALTHCARE TO CHILDREN IN RURAL KENYA
John with one of our nurses
John with one of our nurses

John is an 8-year-old student at Limuru Mission School in Kiambu County. He is the 4th child in a family of 7 children, one girl and 6 boys. John’s mother is a house wife and his father is a casual worker who works away from their home town in the city.

During a recent checkup at his school, John was diagnosed with scabies. The medical practitioner who tended to him prescribed a salve which he will apply on his skin to cure the disease. Because of the nature of the disease, which is highly contagious and because John lives in close quarters with a number of siblings, she also made a point to follow up with John’s mum to ensure that none of his siblings also have scabies as well as discuss with her how to care for him.

John's had with the scabies
John's had with the scabies
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Hannah before
Hannah before

When we first met Hannah, she was sad and had lost hope in life. This is because her mother would mistreat her forcing Hannah to spend most nights in school to avoid her mother. To sustain herself, she would go around collecting discarded bananas at the market in Limuru. When we found out about Hannah during one of the regularly scheduled health check-ups at her school, we reported the case to her head teacher who then forwarded our concerns to the area chief. The chief took action and immediately arrested her mother. Hannah and her younger sister were temporarily housed at a nearby children’s home. During her time in prison, Hannah’s mum got a chance to go through counseling sessions. Her Mother was released from the prison and Hannah and her sister were safely taken back home.

We followed up with Hannah and her sister and their countenance was greatly improved. Hannah is very lively and happy. During her interview, she told us that her mother now treats her well and that she is well fed every day.

Hannah now
Hannah now
Hannah can now afford a wide smile
Hannah can now afford a wide smile
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Joy of a gift
Joy of a gift

Thanks to ‘Cooperación Iternacional’ and their program ‘A Smile for Christmas’ we distributed Christmas gifts to 525 children from King’othua Primary School in Limuru Kenya. King’othua Primary School is one of the beneficiaries CHEP and when Cooperación Iternacional approached us about participating in this powerful gesture, we were certain about where we wanted to gifts to go. 

 

For many of these children, this is the first time they are receiving any kind of gift for Christmas. Their faces say it all.

 

“What they received’ said the Head teacher, Mr. Stephen Omondi, ‘made all the difference for them during Christmas. The pupils look so smart with the new school bags and they feel loved and always eager to come to school’. This is the feedback on the experience early this year.

The Girls
The Girls
All out joy!
All out joy!
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Njoro warm and cozy in his beanie
Njoro warm and cozy in his beanie

During the July to September period, our focus was on the preventative health care of the CHEP children. We based this on the cases we came across. Several children complained of Amoebiasis and intestinal worms. Many had ring worms and fungal infections. We examined a few with food poisoning and diarrhea. Several boys from different schools had scabies. One particular case is that of a 12-year-old boy who looked very sickly and complained of epigastric pains. We were able to do a H. Pylori test and it was positive. We treated him using a Helicobacter kit and he is now well. To counteract these ailments, we found it helpful to give sessions to children on food and personal hygiene including how to wash properly and apply Calamine lotion in the case of scabies.

Limuru in Kiambu County is generally cold because it is located in the Kenya Highlands. The months of July, August and September are especially cold. Because of this, we see an increase in upper respiratory tract infections; including tonsillitis and rhinitis. Students from Kianda School’s Knitting Club came up with the idea of making woolen garments to keep the CHEP children warm. They made sweaters, scarves and beanie hats for them. They also prepared a sumptuous meal of fries and sausages that the children love!

Kim happily smiling
Kim happily smiling
The look says it all
The look says it all

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Njeri from CHEP
Njeri from CHEP

Njeri is a 14-year-old girl who comes from a single parent family of 6 children. Her father abandoned the family earlier on leaving Njeri and her siblings to rely wholly on their mother who is a casual worker. Njeri’s mum works on whatever jobs she can get. With the little cash she’s paid from the jobs she tries to make sure that her family’s basic needs are covered, although the financial situation is tight.

When one of our medical officers met Njeri, she complained of chest pains and acidity. She was then tested for H. Pylori, and the results came out positive for the bacteria. It was also found that Njeri had in addition, an upper respiratory infection. Through Kimlea Clinic, Njeri was able to receive the necessary treatment for both ailments and was also dewormed.  On receiving the treatment she very much needed, Njeri is feeling much better now and even has a happier demeanor.

Currently, Njeri has started counseling sessions at Kimlea Clinic as she is going through quite a bit of stress brought about by her situation at home and her education prospects for the future.

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