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 depended on availability of specific donations each month.
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.
This quarter, a total of 3,975 patients were treated at our 6 mobile outreach clinics. The project has safeguarded these community members from herbal poisoning and the dubious, expensive medical attention of witch doctors.
Because of our presence, children under five and pregnant mothers can now access vaccination services in the remote villages of Turkana, hence acquiring herd immunity against prevalent diseases.
Through partnership with other health agencies, the project provided nutrition supplements to 275 beneficiaries, which were comprised of 172 children and 103 pregnant and lactating mothers, some with special needs.
Using the program’s ambulance, patients are given an exceptional opportunity to access advanced medical care such has HAART, TB, eye surgery, delivery, physiotherapy, and other laboratory services which cannot be easily offered.
After responding to a September 7th, 2009 NY Times article by Jeffrey Gettleman, which highlighted the life threatening impact of the drought in Northern Kenya, Real Medicine Foundation coordinated a supply chain for water and food aid, and medical support to the region. We were able to provide a 4-week supply of food and water to 4,500 persons in severely drought affected regions of Turkana, Kenya where it had not rained in 4 years.
In February 2016, a pupil in seventh grade who had not gone to school for 2 terms was brought to our clinic for surgical toilet. His wound had gone untreated for 6 months and was profusely oozing pus and producing a bad odor. The young man said he could not go to a health facility because of lack of funds, so he was treated at home with herbs for 6 months.
The wound was worsening to an extent that he could not walk, but had to crawl. This young man’s healing was also hindered by his community’s belief that because his uncle’s wives were pregnant, the young man could not heal until they give birth. After he was brought to the clinic by a friend who had been treated there, this young man was able to return to class after 5 days – completely healed.
Toward the end of December 2015 and the beginning of January 2016, Lodwar Clinic experienced a big change: the nurse manager went back to school and 2 staff members left the project on January 12, 2016.
Early this quarter, in January and February, the program faced a critical medication shortage. The government medications we ordered never arrived. The dilemma that followed was how to provide mobile outreach clinics without funds and staff.
Throughout this period, vocal community members in our target villages were requesting mobile outreach clinics. Thankfully, in the second week of March, 3 volunteers trained in community health service expressed interest in working for the project as volunteers, and they submitted applications to the new project coordinator.
With new RMF funding we immediately purchased some medicines. The arrival of the first shipment brought great joy, and we planned and started mobile clinics in March, that same month.