January & February 2020
Welcome to our Health and Business Success Stories Blog! Every week we will be sharing updates from our program, reporting new success stories from the field. Thank you again to our generous supporters for making our work possible!
Mosquito Net distribution
Since separating MCH from school mobile clinics, we planned to have our nets distribution on the week of exam where mothers to entry class pupils would come for health education on malaria prevention and net distribution. Each group schedules to do net distribution to 2 schools per day during this week. Last week, we distributed LLTNs to 246 entry-level pupils and educated a similar number of
mothers on malaria prevention
The teachers appreciated the step who had taken to separate MCH from School mobile clinics saying that it had earlier taxed on them to mobilize and host the parents
Improving Eye Health
On February 12th, we held our periodical eye clinic where the ophthalmologist and the optometrist saw 38 clients. Four of them were prescribed for eyeglasses. The ophthalmologist appreciated the progress we had made since the training of the clinical team. Our HopeCore clinical team now undergoes regular training on eye health and visual screening, thanks to our Ophthalmologist and our doctor, Dr. Esther.
14-Year-old Humphrey was last year severely infested with jiggers. They were both on is arms and legs which made it hard for him to walk properly. This situation led him to drop out of school for three months. When Annislacia Nkinga the area community health volunteer was making household visits she noticed the boy’s predicament. She educated the mother on proper hygiene practices in order to get rid of the jiggers. After some time she did the follow-up and noticed the situation was worse. Nkinga had to intervene so she first, with the help of her mother washed the boy, cut his fingernails and washed the house. Nkinga sourced for jiggers from Village HopeCore which helped to get rid of the jiggers. After a month the jiggers were no more and Murimi was able to go back to school. He is able even to wear shoes with no discomfort. The family also follow good hygiene practices.
Improving Health in Toddlers
Last year during a mobile Maternal and Child Health clinic held at Karimba in Mitheru, Shantelle, a 2-year old girl, was brought by her mother in a sick looking general condition with chief complaints of cough and inability to feed. Examination revealed white-colored deposits on the tongue and inner cheeks these had caused her not to feed as she felt pain on feeding. She was diagnosed with Oral thrush and given antifungal medication and the mother counseled on how to feed her without much discomfort. When we visited the area this year, she was well and very cheerful.
Community Health Volunteer assisting with Healthy Deliveries.
35-year-old Purity Muthoni delivered her baby in the bush all by herself. She had not attended any antenatal clinics throughout the pregnancy. She then carried the baby with the undelivered placenta back to her house. Her mother-in-law found them with the baby not covered within clothing. She had no prior knowledge of delivery. Sensing the urgency of the situation, the mother-in-law helped cut the umbilical cord and delivered the placenta.
Padolla Gakii who is the community health volunteer in charge of Ikumbo CU rushed to the household when she learned of the incident. With vast knowledge, she had acquired from the five-day CHV level 1 certification training conducted by HopeCore she first referred them to Mumbuni clinic where both mother and the baby were examined. The baby was weighing 2.4kg. The baby was then immunized with BCG and oral polio vaccines
Gakii then went ahead and sought guidance from a nurse from Ikumbo Health Centre on how the mother will do since she had never visited any clinic during her pregnancy period. The mother was allowed to take the baby to the health center for routine nutritional monitoring and immunizations which she did. Thanks to the good work by Gakii the baby is healthy and growing normally.
Women in Business ~ One Woman’s Success Story with her dairy cows
Doris Kawira Kithinji was funded with 60,000 Kenyan Shillings ($600 USD) in 2017 to buy the dairy cow. Currently mailing an average of 10 litres daily. Income is enough to support most of her family needs and repay her debts. She is very grateful for the HopeCore loan
Pain Management and Improving Quality of Life for Villagers in Kenya
55-year-old Alice Kainyu was advised to seek HopeCore services from her neighbor who had previously received treatment from an MCH clinic with similar problems. This was after she narrated to her neighbor how she had been suffering from back pain and painful legs. She was not able to walk properly or attend to her farm. Alice had been to various health centers seeking treatment for her ailing back. During one of the visits, she was forced to pay 15000 ($150 USD) to see an orthopedist. This caused great financial stress on her family. Last year when HopeCore staff conducted a Maternal and child health clinic in Ngeru market she was treated and given medication. We met her at Kiamaogo last week during an MCH where she had brought her grandson for growth monitoring. She is now able to walk well with no pain.
Immaculate’s Success Story
2 years and 7 months old Immaculate was suffering from ringworms, she had lost a significant part of hair on her head. The sores we all over her head making her uncomfortable and itchy. she would continually scratch her head. Her mother Simoletta had taken her to various Health centers where she would be treated but after some time the ringworms would come back. Muthoni brought her baby for treatment when the HopeCore mother and child health clinic visited Karimba in Mitheru. The baby was treated and also the mother attended a health education session where she learned about proper hygiene practices. This year when the clinic visited the same place the baby was fine with her hair growing normally
Village HopeCore International has been named the best supportive citizen group in Education sector in Maara Subcounty during the Maara Education Sector forum. The services rendered in the partner schools including health education, WaSH, and treatment services
have been attributed as among the factors that have led to improved performance in national examinations, student enrolment & retention among other improved indicators.
Menstrual Hygiene: One Girl’s Story
My name is Winjoy from Kianjuki Primary School. I am very grateful to Village HopeCore for considering us and providing us with sanitary pads that will last for one year. I had been facing great challenges during my periods because my mother could not afford to buy sanitary pads for me every month. I used to borrow money from my neighbor and if I didn’t borrow money, I would have used old cloths. Sometimes I would miss school for the lack of pads. I am very thankful to HopeCore for providing me pads.
Letter of Appreciation
During our mobile clinic at Kianjuki Primary school, team C was given an appreciation letter addressed to the organization from the headteacher who acknowledged the positive effects our services including Sexual reproductive health education and sanitary pads
distribution to needy girls in his school had on the overall school attendance and reduction in the number of pregnancies. He also attributes our deworming and treatment services to the reduced number of skin conditions in the school.
To make a donation to school girls please visit HERE
Lewis Muthomi on being a Community Health Volunteer
Lewis believes that good health is the catalyst for development in his community. It is the reason he became a Community Health Volunteer in Chamunga, so he could become an agent of change. Lewis says it gives him joy when people benefit from his work and lead healthy lives.
Lewis values his work because of the link CHVs provide between the community and the Health Facilities. Sometimes, Lewis has to repeat lessons several times before the community members understand and practice the healthcare-seeking behaviors he promotes.
The major challenge Lewis mentioned was that he had to visit households during the day when most members of his community are out on their farms tending to their cows or cultivating crops.
Lewis loves the community visits by HopeCore as they help people who cannot afford to pay for healthcare or lack of means of transport to the nearest health facility. The monthly stipend also relieves him of some of his financial tasks so he can visit more homes. In the future, he hopes there will be more opportunities for subsidized treatment in his community so more poor people can access healthcare.
African Visionary Fellowship, Congratulations to Naomi!
We are thrilled to announce that Naomi Nyanchama, HopeCore’s Director of Operations, was selected along 15 other individuals to be part of the 4th cohort of the Segal African Visionary fellowship. To learn more about this fellowship and learn about Naomi, please visit HERE