Due to an increased supply of drugs from the government hospitals and clinics, we have been able to offer our health services at a lower cost (10 KSh for adults and FREE for children). This has increased the number of patients coming to our clinic dramatically - sometimes we are seeing more than 50 a day with only one nurse! We want to thank our nurse, Valerian, and all of our Community Health Workers for putting in the extra time and effort to deal with this increase. The CHW's have learned how to properly dispense medicine, dress wounds, and weigh and evaluate babies. The team is a great support system for Valerian. We are so excited to be able to serve more of the community with our health programs, but it wouldn't be possible without our wonderful staff. More exciting news about the future of our CHW program coming over the next couple months!
Our clinic opened in 2006, with a small grant from the H.D. Fowler Company. Our clinic is in a central area, within walking distance of many community members who did not previously have access to medical services. Staffed by a registered nurse, the clinic treats wounds, malaria and other common diseases; tests patients for HIV/AIDS; and offers pre- and post-natal care to hundreds of women in the community.
In conjunction with the public dispensary in Takaungu and our Community Health Workers, our clinic is holding outreach days in nearby areas that have no public or private health services. The public dispensary provides free drugs for these events, and the EAC provides the transportation and the manpower, by sending our nurse and half of our CHW’s to help with patient intake. At these events, the nurse and CHWs monitor the growth of children in the area, give out malaria medication, test patients for HIV/AIDS, and treat general medical problems.