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 distribute long acting reversible contraceptives (LARC). The program was carried out by the Kenyan Ministry of Health (MOH) and Kenyatta University as an implementing agency.
One more staff member underwent training on integrated management of childhood illnesses (IMCI). Additionally, in July 2016, another staff member was trained on TB treatment and care with support from the Kenyan Ministry of Health (MOH).
From July 16, 2016 to July 22, 2016, some of our team members were involved in mass treatment of populations during this year’s STORM. Enough drugs were purchased from a Nairobi pharmaceutical company (MEDS) to cover general health problems, including eye conditions, throughout the 2016 STORM period.
We provide medicines which lowers mortality rates through free and regular treatment of diseases like malaria, respiratory diseases, diarrheal diseases, skin conditions, and eye conditions. In this quarter, the project has treated a total of 16,305 cases.
2,516 laboratory tests were performed in Lodwar Clinic, improving the quality of services offered to patients.
317 patients were offered HIV testing and counseling- 39 patients tested HIV-positive. They were referred to Lodwar County & Referral Hospital for HAART.
Children under five and pregnant mothers can now access vaccination services in the remote villages of Turkana, therefore acquiring herd immunity against prevalent diseases.
407 children were immunized during this reporting period.
Along with a nationwide intervention by the Kenyan Ministry of Health, 12,784 targeted beneficiaries were immunized for rubella and measles. Our target had been 2,000 children.
713 children were dewormed during this period.
Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs) disseminated key messages concerning disease prevention through public health education sessions, enlightening and empowering the community to take initiative to improve their health and prevent disease.
Approximately 187,500 villagers live in remote, inaccessible areas of Turkana county and have no access to medical care. Due to the nomadic nature of the Turkana tribe, people of these villages migrate about every 4 months while a new group of villagers arrives about every 4 months; therefore, we are providing services to more than the estimated population of persons living in each village at one time. Most of this rural population depends on herbs and witch doctors for medical services.
The project has protected these community members from herbal poisoning and the dubious, expensive medical attention of witch doctors.
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.
A total of 11,728 patients were treated.
5,133 male patients and 6,595 female patients.
The total cases treated for the quarter were 16,305.