HealthRight Community Meeting in Kacheliba
With the initial funds raised by the project, HealthRight has initiated the Malaria Free Community project. The project will contribute to reducing malaria deaths in children in the Konyao community in the district of North Pokot Kenya. Funds from this Global Giving Campaign are being used for the purchase of rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) for malaria. These RDTs are a simple, effective way of testing children for malaria very quickly without the need for medical equipment, supplies or clinical staff.
HealthRight, in collaboration with staff from the Konyao Sub-District Hospital, will conduct an outreach clinic in a remote village of Konyao, where access to health services is very restricted. Konyao was chosen based on HealthRight project data which showed very high rates of malaria in this community last year. This village of 1,000 households (approximately 5,000 people) will be visited by the project team. Every child in the village that is suffering from fever, with is estimated at nearly 70% of all children in the past two weeks, will be tested for malaria. Those children that test positive for malaria will receive immediate treatment using the approved first line medications. Children that test negative will receive further examination from the health facility staff to try to determine the cause of fever.
During the outreach clinic, community health workers (CHWs) will be on hand to locate all cases of fever in the households. At the same time, these CHWs will provide families with education about malaria and the risks for children and pregnant women while also distributing mosquito nets to those families in need.
After two weeks, the Malaria Free Community project will revisit the Konyao community to offer another day of testing and treatment while following up with all children that tested positive previously. The CHWs will continue their educational campaigns and household visits.
To date, HealthRight and the local project partners have solicited support for the Malaria Free Community project with the health facility staff and Kenyan authorities. The community of Konyao was selected as the target site and the staff has attained estimates for the purchase of the RDTs.
In the next three months, HealthRight will have conducted the outreach clinics in Konyao. Additional funding will allow HealthRight to expand this project into other communities and families in need in North Pokot District.
Attached is a story of HealthRight’s other successful work in the past three months in North Pokot at the Kacheliba District Hospital, which serves families in Konyao.