VOICES from the Field:The Story if Kuria

An informed society is a reformed society, so the saying goes.

In Kuria East, it’s all smiles. The wails ate fading away. Cries of mothers whose children don’t get to see the Kuria sunset are minimal. The fight continues, till all the tears are gone. A fight to eliminate malaria related deaths and reduce child mortality by…… to meet the millennium development goals. This is a vision you see in Kuria’s CHWs and CHCs.

In partnering together with the government health facilities and private health institutions in the area, the CHWs, CHCs have together advocated for improved health in their localities.

“The training KeNAAM offered has not only benefited us as individual but our communities too, says Getongoroma Community unit chairman, Mr. James Tingo. Similar sentiments are shared by members of his CU, who say the health of the members of their various villages has immensely improved since KeNAAM started working with them.

Mr. Tingo adds that the training by KeNAAM, a Malaria body, did not only concentrate malaria prevention and treatment, proper net usage or malaria issues but it also trained them on other malaria issues which the CU, really appreciate. Key among the additional training received is, proper sanitation measures, such as building pit latrines, importance of post-natal and neo-natal care for pregnant women, report writing among other essential health related matters that have aided th improve the lives of their communities immensely. .

Whilst thanking KeNAAM, the chairperson, Mr. Bingo, also added that, since KeNAAM got involved in the health of a he community and offered training for them, the CHWs and CHCs, in his village their has been an almost 98% improvement on the child mortality rate as pregnant mothers now go for neonatal and postnatal care at the health facilities.

Also congratulatory remarks, the Getongoroma Community health extension worker (CHEW), Mr. James Igayi says, KeNAAM’s involvement with the community in Kuria East has led to a reduced number of malaria related deaths, something he attributes to the training ing offers to the community health workers.

“The training of health workers to test and treat uncomplicated malaria and refer cases to the health facilities has greatly improved the fight against malaria in Kuria East, says Mr. Igayi.

He is quick to add that, before KeNAAM their were many cases of untreated malaria cases which, and this often led to loss of lives.

Getongoroma is not an isolated case of success. In Tebesi, Kuria West, similar sentiments are shared and showers of praise to KeNAAAM’s efforts are many for a number of factors.

Mrs. Esther Waguru, a member of the Tebesi Community unit and a community health worker is all smiles as she shares her experience with KeNAAM. Mrs. Waguru says, since KeNAAM got involved in Kuria West, their has been and trained them(CHWs), on the importance of neonatal and postnatal care, their has been a great improvement in the number of mother going to the clinic to seek treatment and advice.

“Mothers now breastfeed exclusively for six months, which was not the case earlier” adds Mrs. Waguru.

A happy Mrs. Waguru as adds “thanks to the bicycle KeNAAM gave us, I am now able to reach more people and also offer health care to my community members much more quickly compared to before.

In giving hope to the peel of Kuria East and Kuria west Nd offering them a training to improve the lives of their community members, KeNAAM has ensured the community will live to share their stories for generations to come. It is like pulling of the death whisk, and giving a ray of hope. As the sun sets in the Kuria hills another life will be saved, thanks to training offered by KeNAAM malaria prevention, post and neonatal care and general health care.

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