Clinics are at the heart of KHCI’s mission because they are at the center of every community, providing primary access for emergency, preventative, and maternal and new born care. They also act as centers for health education and referral. The clinic are staffed by nurses who are largely responsible for the health of the communities that they serve.
KHCI provides clinic support in the communities of Chumvi, Lokusero and Ntalabany targeting projects and equipment for which there is currently no government funding. Chumvi and Lokusero nurses see over 10,000 patients and deliver over 100 babies per year. Deliveries occur in the Manyatta home setting or in the clinic. The government is actively encouraging women to deliver in the clinic to reduce neonatal and maternal mortality. With your help KHCI can continue to build, stock and develop clinics as centers for primary care and education.
Days for Girls
Keeping girls in school, delaying early pregnancy and marriage has been identified by the Group Ranch as an important need. KHCI has partnered with Days for Girls International, an organization dedicated to improving women’s health, education and productivity to bring DFG programing to the Group Ranch. With great success, KHCI has distributed reusable feminine hygiene kits and sponsored educational workshops for men, women, boys and girls.With the support of KHCI, Chumvi Village women founded the Chumvi Days for Girls Enterprise, a micro business dedicated to the manufacture of DFG reusable feminine hygiene kits and health education programing. The enterprise was established in response to the need to help girls stay in school, to provide economic opportunities for women, and to work toward gender equality. KHCI is the Connecticut Chapter of Days for Girls in the United States and has sent more than 2,500 reusable feminine hygiene kits to Kenya. It has also sent materials and tools for the local fabrication of many more kits in the support of the Chumvi Days for Girls Enterprise.KHCI has coordinated sending women from the Chumvi Sewing center to the “Uganda DFG University” to be trained in sewing, soap making, business planning, marketing, and supply chain and distribution networking. These skills will help keep the enterprise on firm economic footing. KHCI has made the commitment to support the Chumvi Sewing Center with financial help and additional supplies including feminine hygiene kits as the women develop their skills and generate business.KHCI has constructed a new sewing center building and women-friendly latrine. These facilities will provide a well-lit, safe, secure space for women to work and thrive.
Sub-Saharan Africa has pronounced wet and dry seasons making access to water challenging. Issues include availability, accessibility and potability. Water access is a critical issue. Women frequently walk for hours to retrieve water needed to sustain their families. Water scarcity not only influences herding, agriculture and family life but also influences public health in simple yet profound ways. For example, Nurse Martha recognizes that illnesses, especially enteric diseases, parasites and diarrhea increase toward the end of the dry season. This results because water needed for handwashing is absent. Illnesses effect school attendances and child mortality rates. These effects ripple through whole communities and highlight the difficulties in accessing health care. It is a significant challenge to health care providers. KHCI is working to improve water infrastructure programs to help combat water scarcity and water borne illnesses.