COVID-19  Kenya Project #52335

Support Covid-19 vaccine programme in rural Kenya

by Brighter Communities Worldwide
Support Covid-19 vaccine programme in rural Kenya
Support Covid-19 vaccine programme in rural Kenya
Support Covid-19 vaccine programme in rural Kenya
Support Covid-19 vaccine programme in rural Kenya
Support Covid-19 vaccine programme in rural Kenya
Support Covid-19 vaccine programme in rural Kenya
Support Covid-19 vaccine programme in rural Kenya
Support Covid-19 vaccine programme in rural Kenya
Support Covid-19 vaccine programme in rural Kenya
Support Covid-19 vaccine programme in rural Kenya
Support Covid-19 vaccine programme in rural Kenya
Support Covid-19 vaccine programme in rural Kenya
Support Covid-19 vaccine programme in rural Kenya
Support Covid-19 vaccine programme in rural Kenya
Support Covid-19 vaccine programme in rural Kenya
Support Covid-19 vaccine programme in rural Kenya
Support Covid-19 vaccine programme in rural Kenya
Support Covid-19 vaccine programme in rural Kenya
Support Covid-19 vaccine programme in rural Kenya
Support Covid-19 vaccine programme in rural Kenya
Support Covid-19 vaccine programme in rural Kenya
Support Covid-19 vaccine programme in rural Kenya
Delivery to Londiani Sub County Hospital February
Delivery to Londiani Sub County Hospital February

Thank you so much for supporting our programme to help with the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine programme in Kericho county where we work. Thanks to your donations, this programme is providing vital support.

The latest update is that the number of fully vaccinated adults in Kericho county is at 28.2% (target population over 18 years of age is 508,980).   Progress continues to be hampered by logistics and distribution challenges.

Every day we are getting requests for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).  Photographs here show a distribution to the Londiani Sub-County Hospital in February.  The hospital was in crisis as their supplies were finished and no further supplies were available which put services provided by the hospital at risk.  This hospital provides outpatient and inpatient care, medical and surgical emergency response, maternal and child health clinics, HIV/AIDS care centre, paediatrics and obstetrics/gynaecology.  Without these services lives are at risk – the next closest hospital is 50km distance which without access to transport may as well be 500km.  Unfortunately, this situation is not an isolated case.

Training for 36 health care workers in Infection Prevention and Control across health facilities took place since our last update.   This training includes identifying, isolating and caring for patients, contract tracing, home based care and administration of the COVID-19 vaccination. These health care workers continue to bring the vaccine to the furthest parts of the county through outreach clinics and your donations support all of this work. 

We have supported 26 Outreach clinics exclusively for COVID-19 vaccinations since November and at those clinics 511 people have received 1st dose; 529 2nd dose and 13 people received booster shots. 

Since the opening of the Vaccine centre at Londiani Sub-County Hospital in December, the hospital staff have given out 23,710 vaccinations in total.

The government has lifted the mandatory wearing of masks which has led to assumptions in the community that ‘COVID-19 is no longer with us’.  We continue to raise awareness of the virus and the vaccination at all our programme events using posters and banners to ensure that even the most remote communities know the vaccine is available to them and the threat to their health is not gone away.

Please share this report among your circles – COVID-19 is far from over in Kenya and with high transmission rates, the threat of a new and more dangerous variant remains real.

Checking off PPE delivery
Checking off PPE delivery
Hospital staff relieved to see PPE delivery
Hospital staff relieved to see PPE delivery
Unloading PPE delivery
Unloading PPE delivery
Health Care Workers Training group March 2022
Health Care Workers Training group March 2022
Health Care Workers Training group March 2022
Health Care Workers Training group March 2022
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Opening of new vaccination centre in Londiani
Opening of new vaccination centre in Londiani

Thank you so much for supporting the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine in Kericho county, Kenya with your donation.   Here is the latest update for you on what's been happening.

December 10th was a day for celebrations as the vaccine centre at Londiani Sub-County Hospital was opened and the first COVID-19 vaccines were administered from there.  This was great news!  The centre is constructed on a newly built, permanent foundation with a temporary tent structure and inside the area is sectioned off into individual booths for dispensing the vaccines.  

Kericho county has a population of almost one million people with 56% over 15 years of age.  4% of the adults here are fully vaccinated.  There is a long way to go to make sure that no one is left behind.

The challenges to the roll out continue - providing the basics like soap and PPE as well as the major logistical challenges of vaccine fridges, tents to set up temporary clinics, transport & training for Health Care workers, cooler boxes for vaccine transport, information on posters & banners to let the community know about the vaccine and outreach clinics bringing the vaccine to the people living in remote and hard to reach parts of the county.

So far we have supplied 13 Health Facilities with vaccine fridges, 16 outreach clinics have been supported, 148 Health Care workers have been trained and 107 Community Health Volunteers have trained on how to sensitise their communities about the vaccine reaching 12,840 people so far with information shared.   

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says 'If the vaccine isn't everywhere, this pandemic isn't going anywhere'.  This is borne out by the recent global surge in a new variant of the virus.  It is vital that everyone, everywhere has access and we are determined to do all that we can to make that happen.  Only then will the communities we work with be able to rebuild and recover from the devastation this pandemic is causing to health services, schools, business and community.

Your support makes all the difference in safeguarding the lives of the people 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.

Rejoicing at a delivery of vital PPE in Londiani
Rejoicing at a delivery of vital PPE in Londiani
Transport for Health Care worker with vaccines
Transport for Health Care worker with vaccines
Vaccination centre near completion
Vaccination centre near completion
Vaccination team arrive to set up outreach clinic
Vaccination team arrive to set up outreach clinic
Vaccinations underway at outreach clinic
Vaccinations underway at outreach clinic
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Preparing vaccination centre
Preparing vaccination centre

Thank you so much for donating to this project which is raising funds to support the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine in Kenya.   This is an update for you on what has been happening over the last number of months.

Kenya received their first vaccine delivery in March 2021 through the global vaccine sharing scheme - Covax.  In August further supplies arrived through Covax and also direct donations from the UK, the USA and other countries.   Right now, less than 3% of adults in Kenya are fully vaccinated - there is a long way to go before we can say that the communities we are working with will be safe from transmission of the virus.

Thanks to your support, our first trainng is happening this week for health care workers in preparation for the vaccine roll out.  We have provided trainings in infection, prevention and control and in sensitising the community about the vaccine in July.   A permanent foundation has been built in the grounds of Londiani sub-county hospital.  This will accommodate a temporary tent structure to serve as a vaccine centre at the hospital.  When that is no longer required, the foundations will be used to build a permanent structure to add to the services provided by the hospital.  We have designed information packs of posters and banners, we are purchasing materials needed such as PPE, cooler boxes for vaccine transport, tents, chairs and tables.  Outreach clinics will be critical to a successful rollout to ensure that everyone has access to the vaccines no matter where they are living.

Damaris Chepkemboi is the Programme and Administration manager with Brighter Communities Worldwide in Kenya.  She says the change the vaccine will bring to the community will be to reduce community transmission, reduce the strain on the health care system allowing time and resources to be available to look after all other illnesses, allow for time and money to be diverted to other health care projects as right now the focus remains on Covid-19 prevention and vaccine information.  Damaris says people are waiting to get back to earning a living as businesses are hugely impacted by restrictions to travel and nightly curfews.  They are looking forward to spending time with family and loved ones especially the elders and to the resumption of  social and workship gatherings.

The pandemic is far from over in Kenya and it won't be until more supplies of the vaccine are made available.  Only then will health and education services have a chance to recover and communities will have the chance to get back to normal and not live in fear of hunger, poverty and sickness as they have done since the pandemic began.

We must keep the pressure on and act now because no one is safe until everyone is safe. Your support makes all the difference and we are so grateful to you for your response.

Little acts of kindess make a big difference and from September 13th to 17th, when you give up to $50 (approx €42) to support this project, GlobalGiving will match your generosity with 50% match funding for the Little by Little campaign.  Please help us to spread the word and share this report with your family and friends - let them know that BIG change can come from little acts of Kindness! 

Foundations at Londiani Sub-County hospital
Foundations at Londiani Sub-County hospital
Temporary tent structure will be built on top
Temporary tent structure will be built on top
Thumbs up for the vaccine from health care staff
Thumbs up for the vaccine from health care staff
Training on Infection, Prevention & Control
Training on Infection, Prevention & Control
Getting to grips with using PPE
Getting to grips with using PPE
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