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Honor Your Father on His Day

Under the sponsorship of Global Health Partnerships, every other weekend the medical staff of the Kisesini Clinic travel to very remote areas in rural Kenya to give medical services to nearly 100 patients. These people would have no access to medical care without this service. The men, women and children receive immunizations, family planning, treatment for pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria. Prenatal and postnatal services are provided. Occasionally a birth is attended during the clinics. Children are evaluated for malnutrition and treatment is begun.

These clinics serve nearly 100 people who would otherwise not have access to medical care. The cost of an outreach clinic is under $100.

Instead of a tie, or socks, or a shirt, honor your Dad with a meaningful gift and give a donation to Global Health Partnerships.

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Honor your Mother on this Mothers’ Day

Juliana Mutuku was walking 2 hours to the Kisesini Health Center, in active labor the entire time, when she had to stop and give birth to her baby on the road along the way. Thankfully there was a Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) accompanying her who was able to assist in the delivery of her baby boy. Juliana, her newborn, and her TBA then continued their walk to the Kisesini Health Center for expert postpartum care.

You can help mothers like Juliana. Global Health Partnerships is devoted to improving the health of mothers and children, from the antenatal period throughout the child’s lifetime.

Consider a tax deductible donation to GHP to ensure every mother has access to a medically assisted delivery. One hundred percent of your donation goes directly toward health care services for the very needy.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.DSC_2788

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The 5th annual Safari Run and Race with Kenyans for Global Health will be on Sunday, May 18th, 2014.DSCN1537

This year’s race will begin at the Midtown Sports and Wellness Center, located at 4100 Prospect Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110.

We have a wonderful collaboration with local elite Kenyan runners who run this 8 K race. There will also be a 5 K fun run/walk and 1K kids run.

The Safari Run started with about 80 participants and now has grown to over 300 runners and walkers. Last year each participant received a hand carved giraffe from Kenya. We also had an opening invocation from a local singer Cathy McGill.

This is a unique event with famous runners, Kenyan food, and now hand carved safari animals.  Other crafts are also available at the event.

We have had sponsorship from Heart and Sole Shoe Store, Podiatry Associates, Midtown Sports and Wellness, Hello Deli, Monte Carlo Restaurant, Dr. Tim Hansen, Dr. Larry Marrich D.C., and Maria Cassimus CPA.

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