In this community getting to a health facility to access services means travelling for more than 10 Km and at times you will not get the medication required. Training the community health workers provide the first line of skilled health workers who will provide services at no cost to the community at their household especially for the killer condition of pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria. So far KeNAAM has worked with this community since 2012 resulting in decrease of malaria by over 10%.
Currently KeNAAM is working with 150 Community Health Volunteer's who support most of the communities who live away from formal health facilities. The CHV's have been trained on disease prevention & referrals. This has resulted in long queues for people seeking services and increase workload for simple ailments. If the CHV's are trained on integrated community case management, these ailment will be treated in their household saving time & resources.
The highest disease burden for the Kuria community in the childhood illnesses of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea. Whereas the formal health workers are overworked, the CHV's assists in providing services that are basic and critical. The trained CHV will assist the community by visiting the households where they test, treat and track for simple ailments and refer where the cases are critical thus reducing the workload of health worker.
The project will provide additional skills to 150 CHV's to manage conditions at community level thereby improving the health outcomes of over 15,000 children. This will ensure that simple ailments are managed at household while critical cases are refered for specialized treatment. Therefore there will be time saved for other cores while the children attends schools. The project will work with over 100,000 community members in supporting the trained CHV's to offer required services.