A great deal of consultation has tied our programmes seamlessly into the recently developed Kwale County Health Strategic Plan. Current initiatives are aimed at improving health delivery at the various levels and tackling problematic health issues identified by the community during the Health Impact Assessment (“HIA”) carried out in 2012.
Community Health Units
Community health units provide the first level of health care with trained volunteer health workers providing basic healthcare such as hygiene, sanitation, maternal and child health. Each health worker is responsible for 20 households.
Assistance has been provided to expand the Kwale County health department’s Community Health Worker (“CHW”) programme by providing funding for training and ongoing logistical support. Three health units have been established and 172 CHWs trained covering 22 villages.
- Mivumoni Community Unit
- Magaoni Community Unit
- Kibuyuni (Likoni) Community Unit
Long-term plans for the Msambweni Referral Hospital are to upgrade it to a level that will be able to handle almost all emergency and routine medical procedures. Discussions are underway with a number of interested stakeholders to plan for the delivery of such improvements.
In agreement with local committees, the dispensary planned for the mine site was replaced with the Magaoni Health Centre which was built by Base and opened by the Kwale Governor, H.E. Salim Mvurya in July 2014. Base also provided equipment for this facility and the Bwiti Dispensary which was completed in 2012.
Support for Vaccination Campaigns
Health authorities are often faced with challenges when trying to reach remote rural areas. We have supported sub-counties throughout Kwale and in Likoni with logistics to enable them to complete important tasks such as polio vaccination campaigns and drug-resistant TB awareness campaigns.
During the HIA baseline study several ailments were noted that had a debilitating effect on households. One of them is infestation with the jigger flea larvae which affects mostly children and can lead to loss of mobility and often, inability to attend school.