Newborn Follow-up Saves Lives
In Kisesini village, as in much of Africa, the risks of an infant dying in the first year of life are extreme. The greatest danger is in the first week of life. With this in mind, GHP has trained Community Health Workers (CHWs) to recognize danger signs for infants. They visit the new mother and child in their home on the first, third, and seventh days of life. Home visitation catches problems early and allows time to get the infant to the clinic for treatment. It also allows the CHW to assess feeding and other potential problems.
You can support a Community Health Worker to make life-saving home visits on a newborn for only $10. Please help GHP extend this program.
How to reach a malnourished child:
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again
When young Nicholas Ngumbua was first identified as malnourished his mother was given a food supplement and instructed on its use. Unfortunately, the child became ill from an unrelated infection, and Mom feared the illness was due to the supplement and discontinued it. This family has no transportation and lives so far from the clinic they can not return. Thanks to our Community Health Workers (CHWs) the child was seen again at an outreach clinic. Nicholas’s supplemental feeding program was started again. A complete recovery from malnourishment is expected.
Please remember this beautiful child on Giving Tuesday, December 1. It costs just $1.50 per day to keep this child and his entire family alive and healthy.
In Kenya we support primary health care and prevenion of llness for approximately 35,000 very poor people with an emphasis on improving the health and survival of young children.
We support a life-saving ambulance that is critical to the transportation of surgial, medical, and obstetrical emergencies. Without this ambulance, emergency services would simply be out of reach for the 35,000 people we serve.
We support full time obstetrical services, delivered by three wonderful Kenya nurses. These services will soon be delivered in our new maternity center.
Needs In Kenya
Funds to cover the costs of medicine, supplies, and emergency transportation. Furnishings, including beds and medical equipment, for the new maternity center. Funds to continue educational programs for the Community Health Workers who extend our medical mission to the very isolated. Donate now.
Global Health Partnerships Has Dramatically Improved Maternal and Infant Survival
When GHP first began working in Kisesini, Kenya in 2006, very few children were born with professional medical assistance. Infant and maternal deaths were common. Mothers were often assisted at home by a Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) who has no medical training.
In 2010 GHP initiated a program asking TBAs to bring their patients to the Kisesini Clinic for professional medical assistance in childbirth. The TBAs are given $2.50 to cover their expenses bringing a pregnant mother to the clinic. Since then the percentage of births receiving medical assistance has skyrocketed. Lives, of mothers and infants, have been saved. In 2014 the Maternity Center in Kisesini was completed, providing a private, comfortable, safe place for deliveries.
This hard working TBA has accompanied many pregnant women to the Kisesini Clinic for childbirth.
GHP’s TBA assistance program has been so successful the Kenyan Ministry of Health has requested we spread this idea to adjacent medical facilities. We can triple the number of mothers and infants who can deliver their babies in a safer medical environment.
Please help GHP save more lives of mothers and infants. For only $25 you can support 10 TBAs in bringing their pregnant mothers to medical assistance during childbirth. 100% of your donation will go toward direct medical care for the poor.
Menstrual Hygiene Means Healthier Mothers and Children
Access to education is important, not only for the well being of adolescents, but for the future economic activity of women. Maternal and child health are strongly associated with mothers’ educational levels. The farther a woman can go in school, the more of her children will survive and the healthier they will be.
One recognized barrier to school attendance for girls is the onset of menstruation and the difficulties that girls have with a lack of available and affordable sanitary hygiene products. Menstrual cramps can also interfere with school attendance and performance.
GHP has launched a project to provide sanitary products (washable, reusable sanitary pads) and medication to treat menstrual symptoms to girls in 15 schools surrounding the Kisesini Clinic. Puberty education is a keystone to this project.
The impact of this project will be evaluated in a study conducted by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Grades and attendance will be used to evaluate school performance. The study will be completed in December, 2015. At that point we hope to have enough sanitary hygiene products and medication to include even more girls in more primary schools.
Global Health Partnerships (GHP) is a non-profit organization of medical professionals and other volunteers who work in Kenya as partners with local community organizations and health care providers to improve the health and well being of the poor and marginalized.
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