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Midwife in Africa - Kithatu

Mission Kithatu is located in Meru in The Eastern Province, in a mountainous area, approximately 200 kilometres from Nairobi. It is an agricultural region. The population of the area, subject to the mission, is poor and uneducated. The area subject to mission outpost Kithatu is built up of small farmsteads. On the area subject to the mission is located a health centre, delivery room, preschool, primary school, and tailoring school created specifically for the youths with weaker academic results.  The mission is supplying additional nutrition to kids under the age of 4 (approximately 50 children). Around 40 people come to the Centre daily. Most common diseases of the incoming patients are malaria, amoebiasis, typhus, HIV/AIDS, and personal injuries. In the Centre vaccination campaigns and examinations for pregnant women are conducted as well. In the health centre works a nurse, sister Dariana, who is however not able to attend all patients and thus requested medical aid from Foundation. Educational activities of pro-health character for children, youths, adults, and medical staff has been conducted as a part of medical activities.

Midwife in Africa - Kithatu

Activities planned as a part of the project were an answer to the demand of the centre and were aimed at helping the local population, improve their quality of life, access to health care, raising pro-health awareness. The volunteer spent 3 months in the centre in Kithatu. During this time she executed the following tasks:

  1. Working as a nurse in the health centre, proving emergency medical aid (changing dressings, administering medications, basic examinations).
  2. Keeping medical records. The volunteer will complete patient’s cards. Reliable filling of patient’s cards will help subsequent volunteers working on this mission.
  3. Vaccination of children and deworming actions carried out among students of the school and preschool in the mission area.
  4. Caring for pregnant women, performing necessary examinations.
  5. Organising home visits for pregnant women.
  6. Delivering babies, taking care of mothers and infants.
  7. Conducting lessons on the subject of hygiene, puberty, and sexual development.
  8. Organising childbirth classes for women.

Midwife in Africa - Kithatu

In the time period between July 18th and December 31st 2015 Humanitarian Aid Foundation Redemptoris Mission in cooperation with Mission in Kithatu, located in Meru region, executed a project aimed at improving standards of health care and broadening access to universal health care. The volunteer spent time in Kenia from September 22nd until December 23rd 2015. The project directly reached 15000 patients in ages of 0 to 70 years.

The project directly referred to Millennium Development Goals:

MDG 4: Reduce child mortality by reducing the mortality rate among children under 5 years of age by two thirds.

MDG 5: Improve maternal health care by reducing maternal mortality rate by three quarters.

MDG 6: Limiting the spread of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases.

The aforementioned goals were achieved through:

  1. Working in the Health Centre in Kithatu on the maternity wards. The volunteer worked in a clinic opened 7 days a week where she received approximately 1500 patients. Each patient had his or her own patient card with information about his or her health and treatment. The volunteer performed basic medical examinations, minor surgical procedures (related mainly to badly healing wounds). The volunteer examined also pregnant women coming to the clinic and worked in the maternity ward in the Centre. During her stay she delivered 4 babies. She took care of the women admitted to the Centre due to problems with their pregnancies, she performed basic diagnostics (measuring heart rate of the foetus, palpation examinations). If needed the patients were directed to the closest hospital. The volunteer examined 80 pregnant women.
  2. Conducting prophylactic vaccinations actions, the volunteer vaccinated 800 children.
  3. Purchasing modern medical equipment. From the project fund a blood analyser was bought for the Centre.
  4. Educational actions for children, youth, adults and medical staff. The volunteer conducted 8 educational lessons. Schoolchildren were educated on the subject of sexually transmitted diseases. The evaluation carried out after the classes shows that a majority of them had no knowledge about STDs. Small children began to understand how important having clean hands is. Moreover, 60 students were trained during First Aid workshops.