Turkana Central sub-county has the highest burden of HIV, with a prevalence of about 6.7%. The most affected areas are around the lake region, Lodwar town, and settlements along the highway. Malnutrition cases are also on the rise, with a recent survey showing that slightly more than 30% of the children are malnourished.
Turkana Central sub-county has 43 functional health facilities, with a distance of about 25–30 km between them, making accessibility for essential services a nightmare for the majority of our residents. To reach all the population, integrated outreaches play a key role in improving...
The primary beneficiaries of RMF-supported Lwala Community Alliance are children, women, HIV-infected persons, and the elderly. Prior to the establishment of Lwala Community Hospital, there was no immediate access to primary health care or HIV/AIDS testing and care in the area. For this reason, Lwala’s health intervention has focused on primary care for children, access to medicines (particularly vaccines and antimalarials), HIV testing and care, public health outreach, and safe maternity.
During this quarter RMF funded maternal and child health costs including:
While working at Lodwar District Hospital (renamed Lodwar County & Referral Hospital), RMF Project Coordinator Emma Fredah Kiriungi observed the effects of food insecurity and undernourishment on HIV-positive individuals, especially mothers and their children. Inadequate nutrition has been identified as the main health concern for people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Kenya, as it compromises the efficacy of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and further weakens the immune system. The problem is significant in Turkana, where 80% of households remain food insecure. According to the 2014 Kenya HIV county profile, the national average for HIV prevalence is...
During the months of August, September, and October 2016, the health program successfully conducted a total of 9 mobile outreaches in the remote villages of Turkana. Activities in the Lodwar Clinic have continued successfully with additional medicines supplied by the county government and Lodwar County & Referral Hospital. Activities performed during the mobile outreaches include:
Continuing its emphasis on pediatric support, RMF purchased comprehensive medical supplies for the Pediatric ward. Emergency drugs that are never supplied by KEMSA have continued to be supplied by RMF/MMI for the pediatric patients. Drugs including Floxapen, Zinnat, phenobarbital, fluconazole, Darrow’s solution, adrenaline, flucloxacillin, phenytoin, mannitol, Fortum, and Ventolin respirator solution were purchased. Before these drugs were provided by RMF/MMI, patients were asked to purchase them from local clinics, and many patients could not afford to do so. The constant supply of these essential drugs and many others have gone a long way in...
Lwala Community Alliance (LCA) is a community-led, nonprofit health and development innovator working in Migori County in rural western Kenya. Through Lwala Community Hospital, the organization provides 30,000 to 40,000 patient visits each year. The mission of the organization is to build the capacity of the people of North Kamagambo, including its neediest residents, to advance their own comprehensive well-being. The hospital is part of a larger effort to achieve holistic development in Lwala and the surrounding community, including educational and economic development.
During this quarter, RMF funded maternal and child health costs including:
The primary beneficiaries of RMF-supported Lwala Community Alliance are children, women, HIV-infected persons, and the elderly. Prior to the establishment of Lwala Community Hospital, there was no immediate access to primary health care or HIV/AIDS testing and care in the area. For this reason, Lwala’s health intervention has focused on primary care for children, access to medicines (particularly vaccines and anti-malarials), HIV testing and care, public health outreach, and safe maternity. The impact has been substantial since opening, though more work is to be done, and systems of measurement need to be strengthened.
During the months of April, May, June, and July 2016, the health program successfully conducted 30 mobile outreaches in the remote villages of Turkana, including 2016 STORM medical outreaches.
Drugs were purchased from a Nairobi pharmaceutical company (MEDS) in the months of April and May, and a large order was filled in June to supply the 2016 STORM operation. These drugs were used during mobile outreaches and STORM outreaches. The clinic staff continues to maintain thorough medicine inventory records.
In May 2016, two of our staff members participated in a program to...
During this quarter, RMF continued its strong support of Lodwar County & Referral Hospital (LCRH) by supplying the hospital’s departments with needed medical equipment.
The departments that received new equipment include:
The Maternity ward received:
The other departments had received forehead thermometers in the previous quarter. The head of the Maternity ward was very excited to receive this equipment, as it was...
During the first quarter of 2016, 6 medical outreaches were conducted. The activities successfully treated 3,324 patients. Having adequate medical personnel and medicine stores has enabled us to treat more patients and combat a wider range of diseases on a regular basis, especially in the remote villages of Turkana. The project’s target population is estimated at 250,000 and rising. The improved quality and regularity of medication purchase from MEDS in Nairobi through RMF/MMI funding has allowed the clinics to be conducted and improved the quality of the service. Previous to RMF/MMI involvement, medication was scarce and...