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A tour of Kenyan health and welfare and what you can do about it
By the EWB-UCIN Health Committee
1. Introduction to the HC
2. Current health care systems in Kenya
3. Infectious agents
4. EWB health assessment
1. Health preparation for travel
-first aid prep (kits, medicines, etc.)
2. Health assessment of the community
Health Point Person
50-51 yr. life expectancy
58% of population below poverty
48% of water is safe to drink
Morbidity and Mortality:
2. Respiratory infection, malnutrition, diarrhoeal diseases
3. HIV/AIDS and TB
Source: The World Health Organization
-Ministry of Health (MoH) and
Ministry of Local Government (MLG)
2 National Hospitals
Nyando District Hospital
>Dispensaries and Clinics
(bulk of services)
Pap Onditi Clinic and Kengen Dispensary
99% of patients treated at Nyando District Hospital are afflicted with AIDS
-1 doc, 15 nurses serving 100 patients/day
Old/faulty and limited technology
Source: The Capacity Project
Diseases in Kenya
climate, so you should check on the
situation before departure.
encountered by travelers, there is no
vaccination against malaria (yet).
prevent malaria (note that each has side effects)
Sleeping Sickness (Trypanosomiasis)
and could cause a transient fever.
paralysis of one or more muscles,
which might be permanent.
injections are needed over a
River Blindness (onchocerciasis)
and occasionally through infected milk or milk
who is likely to be mixing closely with the local
population, although the vaccination gives only
moderate protection against TB.
term stays than for short stays.
Why do a community health survey?
The survey looks at:
-Population and ages
-Most common illnesses and injuries – numbers and causes
-Basic daily living
-Community health resources
-Transportation and communication
Who will we talk to?
-Community gathering points
How has our project impacted the community?
-Collect information before arriving and from assessment trip
-health info – diarrheal diseases, etc
-Collected from health clinic
-Amount of water consumed
-Train community members to collect information in our absence
-Ask community to collect information after project has been implemented
-Compare before and after
What we would like to understand before arriving in Kenya…
-Where do people receive healthcare from?
-Who do we need to talk to?
-What NGO contact do we have whom we could speak with to get a different perspective?
-Basic demographic and health information
-Where are some places we can talk with the general population?
-The best way to get the needed information
-What kind of information will be the most useful