Entepesi Kenya (EK) Supports Developing Workers in Medical Camps at Zanzibar!

Entepesi Kenya (EK) Supports Developing Workers in Medical Camps at Zanzibar!


 

 

Developing Workers (DW) held medical camps on the Island of Zanzibar from September 3-9, 2022. Developing workers had a large team of 34 people but felt the need to involve EK to support the second-day clinic.

Zanzibar has approximately 30% of the population currently living in poverty. Even further, “66% of the children experience multidimensional (being deprived of things such as health, nutrition, education, and protection) poverty, while 35% are affected by monetary poverty” (Unicef, Understanding Child Poverty in Zanzibar).

Multidimensional poverty prevents access to basic needs in a child’s life. This is why it is incredibly important to approach the medical camps with a holistic approach. During each clinic each patient receives 

  • Nutritional evaluation: this screens for malnutrition in children, especially those under the age of 5;
  • Community Safety Initiative (CSI): this area screens for social-emotional traumas and evaluates each patient for a need for counseling, follow-up, and continued support. These cases screen for physical, emotional, mental abuses and outside trauma situations that need weekly or monthly support; 
  • Diagnostic evaluations by doctors and nurses: Alongside local physicians, the team of medical personnel evaluates and diagnoses the basic health needs. Referrals to local hospitals and further testing needed are also done in this part of the clinic;
  • Deworming & vitamins: each patient receives deworming medicine, vitamin A, a toothbrush, and a month’s worth of multivitamins;
  • Pharmacy for treatments: based on the doctor’s diagnosis, medicine is provided;
  • Spiritual counseling: each patient has the opportunity to hear the gospel and truth of Jesus Christ, and prayer is offered in case of need.

With a total of 11 full days of clinic each patient that came through received this holistic approach to health. The team was able to serve 1,465 men, women, and children for treatments, 78 of whom identified as needing social-emotional support and follow-up for the community safety initiative, and 52 people gave their lives to Christ. 

EK considers this another great success in partnership with the Developing Workers Team. Their unique approach to health aligns well with Entepesi Kenya’s mission and values. We are always excited to work with this group, and welcome other partners to work with us.

#didyouknow that 1.4% of blindness is caused by Trachoma?

#didyouknow that 1.4% of blindness is caused by Trachoma?

We are glad that EK was able to join the Ministry of Health for mass treatment of Trachoma in Kajiado County to both treat the positive cases, but also to stop the quick spread. 

 

Trachoma is a highly contagious eye infection that causes small sores on the inside of the eyelid. Repeat infections will leave scars and a deformity in the eyelid, which then starts to damage the lens of the eye; leading to blindness. 

 

This bacteria can be passed through dust, flies, and by touch. It is important to have a clean face and hands while making sure your home is clean, far from animal pens (to reduce flies), and you go for treatment when symptoms arise.

 

The WHO recommends that the percentage of positive cases in an area should be less than 5%, but last year the rate went as high as 10.71% of children ages 1-9 years in Kajiado County. Because of this outbreak, the WHO provided medication for mass treatment in Kajiado County to both treat the positive cases, but also to stop the quick spread. 

This mass treatment is taking place in three parts. 

  1. December 2021 a 7-day push for treatments of all people living in Kajiado County.
  2. August 2022 a second 7-day push to treat all people living in Kajiado County.
  3. Spring of 2023 a third 7-day push to treat all people living in Kajiado County.

Entepesi Kenya was able to assist in the second 7-day push to provide treatments to men, women, and children and support the teams administering the medication. For three days, EK assisted in the Kimana Ward. We were able to walk door to door educating people about trachoma, handing out medication to 580 adults & children, delivering medical supplies to teams far from town, and providing support to the Kimana Health Center.

 

The overall goal for the Kimana Ward was to serve 18,575 adults & children. During this campaign, they succeeded in reaching 76% of their target which was a total of 14,100 adults and children. 

 

EK is proud to serve the community, and for the partnership with the Ministry of Health.

Entepesi Kenya Trains 3 Schools in Mental Health Awareness!

 

 

 

 

 

KONGO PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

 

 

 

KATHIANI PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

 

 

 

MBUKONI PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

 

 

Entepesi Kenya Trains 3 Schools in Mental Health Awareness!

Entepesi Kenya in partnership with Lala Salama, a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands, provided Mental Health awareness to three primary schools in Makueni County, Kenya. 

 

May was a mental health awareness month. Statistics show that only 1 in 10 people suffers from a common mental disorder; depression and anxiety are the most common (Ministry of Health, Kenya).

Data from the World Bank puts suicide mortality rates in Kenya at 6.1 people in every 100,000, with men being in the highest risk category, with 9.1 men in every 100,000 affected. Globally, 703 000 people take their own life every year, with the WHO stating that suicide was the fourth leading cause of death among 15- to 29-year-olds in 2019. (Global Development)

Lala Salama provides porridge to Kongo, Kathiani, and Mbukoni Primary Schools. When they were visiting the schools, they invited us to come alongside to provide important health-related education to the staff and children at these schools!

 

With a population of over 250 at each school, EK taught 559 students (from classes 4-8) and staff about the importance of taking care of our minds and mental health. As an introduction to mental health, we focused on the basics to understand what mental health is and how to have a healthy mind. We encouraged the staff and students to be open about how they feel with someone they trust like a parent, teacher, or pastor. 

 

This is a major step forward in helping spread the importance of Mental Health! 

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Entepesi Kenya Reaches More People with Menstrual Health Education!

 

Entepesi Kenya (EK) Holds Five Medical Outreaches in Kajiado Central!

Entepesi Kenya (EK) Holds Five Medical Outreaches in Kajiado Central!

During the week of April 24th to April 30th, EK implemented five medical outreaches in Kikurru, Impiro, Ewangan, Enkorika, and Orinie in Kajiado Central. These were only possible through partnerships with Developing Workers (DW) organization, local Baptist Churches, and the Ministry of Health (MoH).

The camps provided the community with safety screenings, medical examinations, nutrition, pharmacy, physical therapy, spiritual counseling, and more! 

It was a great experience to work side by side with all of the skilled health professionals, community health volunteers, church members, and Pastors. Every individual that worked/volunteered at the events gave their best efforts to serve the people in need. 

In only FIVE days the group was able to accomplish the following:

  • 1024 adults and children examined and treated;
  • 1142 people were dewormed;
  • 146 provided medical referrals for further treatment;
  • 3 family planning given;
  • 10 Community Safety Interventions identified for counseling/emotional support; 
  • 208 Tested for HIV/AIDS with only 3 positives who received counseling;
  • 4 children received routine immunizations;
  • 78 people went through physical therapy education.

As the community went through the clinic each person was offered prayer and counseling. Throughout the week 35 people choose to give their lives to Christ! 

Our gracious host, Pastor Wilson of the Namayian Church shared wisdom with the team,  “We treat the people, but God heals them!”

Entepesi Kenya seeks to provide quality healthcare services that each person deserves through nurturing partnerships. With the partnership of Developing Workers, local Baptist Churches, and the Ministry of Health (MoH), we are a step closer to succeeding. You too can partner with us to support needy communities in Kajiado county, go to www.entepesikenya.org/donate

 

Group photo with the Developing Workers Team & Entepesi Kenya!

 

A typical day at the medical outreach… sitting in groups under the tents!

Polong, the Community Health Assistant, helping test for HIV.

ENTEPESI KENYA PROVIDES NUTRITIONAL HEALTH & COVID-19 VACCINES​​

ENTEPESI KENYA PROVIDES NUTRITIONAL HEALTH & COVID-19 VACCINES​​

On Friday, November 26th Entepesi Kenya (EK) traveled for a second time this year to Olbili village in Kajiado County, Kenya. During the camp, EK focused on nutritional health for women and children under the ages of 5 years and provided COVID-19 vaccines for all. 

 

 The WHO published an article called “Nutrition and Breastfeeding Promotion” providing facts about undernutrition and the negative consequences for maternal, newborn, and child health. According to WHO:

 

“Many women in Africa suffer from chronic undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies and fail to gain enough weight during pregnancy. The consequences of malnutrition for mothers include increased risk of death, illness, and complications during pregnancy and childbirth, greater susceptibility to infection, reduced activity levels, and lower productivity. Maternal malnutrition increases the risk of stillbirths and newborn deaths, intrauterine growth restriction, low birth weight (LBW), preterm birth, and birth defects. Each year, more than four million LBW babies are born in Africa.” (You can read the full article here: Nutrition & Breastfeeding Promotion)

 

In a poverty-stricken area, such as Olbili, malnutrition is a high-risk problem for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, and children. During this camp, EK was able to test and treat 9 children under the age of five, and six mothers. Of those women, two were malnourished, they were provided with necessary supplements and the other 4 were educated on proper nutrition for themselves and their children. 

 

The other service EK organized was COVID-19 Vaccinations. During this camp, the Inchalai Health Facility provided 10 Johnson & Johnson vaccines and an additional 10, second-dose, shots of the Astra-Zenica vaccine provided to local primary school teachers. 

 

Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, made a presidential announcement that citizens will not be able to receive government or public services without being vaccinated. EK decided to support the local health clinics to provide a way for the rural communities to receive the vaccines.

 

Currently, educating and encouraging these rural community members about the coronavirus and the COVID-19 vaccines is the first step in assisting these people. We are grateful to be a part of this community and to be able to serve the quality health services they deserve. 

Summary of services provided:

  • 85 Lower-Primary Level Children Dewormed
  • 35 Adults & Children provided diagnoses & treatments for illnesses
  • 20 Covid-19 Vaccines administered 
  • 9 children under 5 years of age evaluated and treated by the Nutritionist
  • 4 women educated in nutritional health and treated for malnutrition
  • 6 women served with Family Planning Education/treatment
  • 12 infants & young girls were provided with immunizations and HPV vaccines

 

Entepesi Kenya’s First Medical Camp & Training at Olbili Village a Success!

“Entepesi Kenya’s medical camp came at the right time when the community needed it most. I am pleased that Entepesi Kenya, from the start, knew the importance of  collaborating with the community, Ministry of Health, and all the legal offices to support these rural villages.”
-Jonah Simanka, local Community Health Administrator

Entepesi Kenya’s First Medical Camp & Training at Olbili Village a Success!

Last week, Entepesi Kenya (EK) in partnership with Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital (KMH), the Loitokitok District Hospital, and the local village clinic held its first medical camp in Olbili village, Kajiado.

We are grateful that 485 men, women, and children received medical services and training. They were served with preventative care services like deworming and immunizations, plus treatments for minor illnesses. EK and the partners used the opportunity to train the community members on family planning and visited Olbili Primary school & the neighboring  Leinkati village primary school to provide health education, deworming medicine, and HPV vaccines to prevent cervical cancer in young girls. 

Olbili Village


Olbili community has a population of approximately 300 men, women, and children, with only one clinic. Most of these people have to travel 14 Kilometers or more to access medical services. This leads the community to depend on uncertain rudimental/traditional methods of treatment or travel a long distance to the hospital, with the risk of wildlife attacks. The children suffer from a lack of necessary immunizations or malnutrition, and an inability to access health education, like family planning, and health sanitation. Subject to funding, EK has seen the need to hold monthly medical camps and training in this community.

 

We are grateful to our partners, Inchalai Health Dispensary (the closest local health facility), volunteers, and Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital (KMH) whose support is deeply appreciated and valued. KMH is located in the village of Kimana, Kenya at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. KMH serves a rural community where good, reliable healthcare is difficult to obtain. KMH aims to provide primary health care services and education in the spirit of the healing ministry of Christ.

We are incredibly grateful to all those who helped make this a success.

 

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150

Men, Women, & Children treated at the medical camp

335

Children Dewormed at School

(Olbili & Leinkati Primary)

28

Immunization & HPV Vaccines given

45

Children 0-5 years evaluated by the Nutritionist

55

Men & Women educated on Family Planning

Entepesi Kenya Partners with Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital to Support Staff Development

Entepesi Kenya Partners with Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital to Support Staff Development


Last week, Entepesi Kenya (EK) partnered with Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital (KMH) to train its employees. The training took place over a series of five days and covered topics such as leadership, customer service, effective communication, conflict resolution, and workplace personalities.

The KMH team is highly qualified for their positions, but they also recognize the necessity of continuing to learn and improve their abilities in any manner they can. During these events, the staff were trained on skills such as empathic listening, customer service, conflict resolution, and more in the workplace.

“Providing exceptional health care necessitates collaboration and service excellence. To provide the greatest service for communities and individuals in need, Entepesi Kenya places a high focus on quality health care and education. As a result, we consider it an honor to collaborate with KMH to achieve this goal.”

                -Samantha Musyoka-Katia, Director, Entepesi Kenya.

Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital is located in the village of Kimana, Kenya at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. KMH serves a rural community where good, reliable healthcare is difficult to obtain. KMH aims to provide primary health care services and education in the spirit of the healing ministry of Christ.

The trainings focused on

  • Effective Communication
  • Customer Service
  • Myers Briggs Personality Training
  • Conflict Management & Resolution
  • Leadership Skills

Strengthing the Team

Staff from different departments enjoy discussing the topics from the lesson. 

Collaboration

The staff works together to come up with 3rd alternative solutions to problems. 

Circle of Influence

Learning about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (from Steven Covey’s Book) the team learns to focus on what they can control in crisis/problem situations.