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Sagam’s Reproductive Health Talk

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in Recent News | 0 comments

At 12 pm, Friday, August 24th the AIHT classroom was filled with over 80 young women from around the community. This was the third installment of Sagam’s reproductive health talks. This talk, however, was unique. Not only would this event be led by a female sex educator from KMET, but the group would also be joined by the Siaya County Woman’s representative and members of the Sagam Rotary Club. The event started with a demonstration from Cecilia, one of the outreach nurses, on how to use the sanitary pads donated by Skylark. This was followed by a presentation from Caroline Nendez, an educator on sexual reproductive health interventions. Caroline will be joining the outreach team in the coming months as they reach out to young girls in the community. She was an engaging speaker, interacting with the crowd of teenagers to young adults like an older, knowledgeable sister. She showed the girls various forms of contraception and birth control – highlighting the benefits and downsides associated with each intervention. In addition, she led a fascinating demonstration on the proper use of male and female condoms. Many in the crowd, both young and old, had never seen a female condom before and found her presentation to be truly eye opening. This demonstration, coupled with the free condom’s available through the Comprehensive Care Clinic at Sagam Community Hospital, will be crucial in preventing under-aged pregnancies. The girls then had the opportunity to ask questions. Many of these young women were truly looking to understand and engage with the material. One girl asked about the effectiveness of each type of contraception at stopping pregnancy. Caroline answered in stride, categorizing contraception into the natural methods and therapeutic/mechanical methods. She highlighted the downsides of natural methods like withdrawal or calendar tracking, noting that extra vigilance and partner cooperation is needed for these to be effective. Before any other questions could be asked, Christine Ombaka, the Women’s Representative of Siaya county entered the room. She was accompanied by Otieno Siguru (MCA of Gem Sub-county), members of the rotary club, and Dr. Khama Rogo (Sagam’s founder). After introductions, Dr. Rogo gave a brief address reminding the...

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Kisumu County Launches UHC

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Recent News | 0 comments

A day long ceremony attracted a large crowd of over 4000 at Diemo Primary School earlier this August on the 9th.  The event was held as part of the National United Healthcare program (UHC). The National UHC is aimed at ensuring universal healthcare for all citizens of Kenya. This is also one of President Kenyatta’s ‘big four’ priority programs that he said the government would prioritize in 2018 during his reelection speech.  The other programs include food security, affordable housing, and manufacturing. His Excellency, Governor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o of Kisumu led the ceremony along with the county cabinet and legislators. During the day, the Nation Hospital Insurance fund (NHIF) introduced their brand-new registration process with the help of Mbita technology, Pharmaccess Foundation, and Safaricom.  Together they registered over 5000 households in only 5 days!  The governor and his team also paid a visit to Kombewa Sub-County Hospital, which will  be the service delivery hub in the area.  The hospital’s OR is still under construction and many gaps were identified when evaluating the services the hospital could be expected to provide.  Among the largest problems discussed were the lack of emergency and surgical services.  Currently, the hospital does not have an anesthetist available, so a temporary solution was identified involving Sagam Community Hospital.  SCH agreed to help establish surgical care at the facility within four weeks.  In addition, SCH was tasked with identifying an interim space within the hospital to serve as an operating room.  SCH also intends to train Kombewa Sub-County Hospital staff members during the next ESM-Ketamine training week and will continue to coach the onsite resident doctor on basic surgeries, including cesarean section. SCH is excited about this collaboration with Kombewa and looks forward to training Kombewa’s staff members in administering Ketamine during the first week of September.  This is a giant step for both SCH and ESM-Ketamine. This article was written by Sebastian...

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Strong Child Nurturing for Strong Communities – A Visit from Two Strangers

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Recent News | 0 comments

On August 22, two strangers stood outside the Sagam Community Hospital (SCH) outpatient clinic. The clipboard in their hands, watchful gaze, and bright yellow letters on their polo t-shirts spelling KMET instantly told anyone watching that these men were hard at work. Their names were Tobias Oketch and Richard Miruka. They are part of KMET’s “Quality Assurance Data for Nurturing Care” study focused on implementing Early Childhood Development in Siaya County in public and private hospitals. Although they were at SCH to observe the quality of clinician record keeping, their larger study had broad impacts on community health in Sagam. “We believe it is important to carefully observe every child’s developmental milestones to ensure the child is developing appropriate social and emotional coping mechanisms,” Tobias explained, leaning against the outer wall of the hospital. Richard continued, “Even observing a child’s play can tell you a lot about their growth. We think it is important that this information is being well recorded by clinicians and communicated to parents”. Richard, Tobias, and the rest of the nurturing care team follow what they term the five pillars of early child development: Adequate Nutrition Opportunities for Early Learning Safety and Security Good Health Responsive Caregiving This is a framework that international health agencies like the WHO, UNICEF, and the World Bank have worked to develop. Recently on May 23, 2018, an international statement was released highlighting efforts to establish a standardized metric for evaluating early child development programs. A joint statement released by the WHO, UNICEF, and the World Bank, notes the early plasticity of a child’s brain from pregnancy to age 3 as a major reason to focus on those five key pillars. The framework goes on to highlight how these factors are essential to the future health of a community’s younger generations. In this international report, Siaya County was mentioned as a county working to develop health bills that promote nurturing care as a key intervention in public hospitals. Government partnerships with private organizations like KMET, help to ensure that the recording keeping infrastructure is in place to successfully implement and evaluate these interventions. SCH is committed to fulfilling the targets...

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Humans of SCH; Ken

Posted by on Aug 22, 2018 in Recent News | 0 comments

A pharmaceutical technician by trade, Kenneth Otieno Oginga (or Ken as he’s commonly known), works as a pharm tech here at Sagam Community Hospital (SCH ).  Always seen with a huge smile on his face, it is very apparent that he genuinely loves what he does.  Every day, as soon as he arrives in the morning, he cleans and dusts the pharmacy making sure his workspace is pristine. After a brief prayer,  he starts filling the prescription orders that have been placed, taking care to prep drugs that will be needed for surgery.  However, his favourite part of his job, has and always will be, speaking with patients.  Ken decided to pursue a career in medicine after he lost his father when he was still in Form One.  After his loss, he wanted to understand of how medicine affects the human body. Above all, he had a deep desire to help others.  This deep passion pushed him to dedicate the past eight years of his life to medicine.  He is grateful that SCH gave him the opportunity to work in Sagam straight out of college and because of this he “always gives his level best” while he works. One of Ken’s biggest goals is to leave the SCH pharmacy better than when he found it.  When he arrived at Sagam, a little over three years ago, the pharmacy was attending to only 40 out patient clients  monthly.  Now the pharmacy caters to over 400  in the Sagam area every month.  Not only has Ken been vital in equipping the pharmacy to manage the growing influx of patients but he has also been essential in creating the pharmacy’s ever-growing inventory.  Upon his arrival, the pharmacy only had  access to the most basic drugs, but now they carry some of the best medications available.  In the future, Ken would like to see another pharmacy added to the hospital.  The second pharmacy would be entirely dedicated to the ever-growing outpatient clients we have here so the whole department would run much smoother.  Apart from his life at the hospital , Ken also has a passion for football.  He supports Arsenal of England and watches...

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SCH Launches Reproductive Health Talk Series with Support from Skylark Kisumu

Posted by on Aug 19, 2018 in AIHT, Events, Partners, Press/Media, Recent News | 0 comments

On August 11th, 2018, Sagam Community Hospital (SCH) launched a reproductive health talk series targeting young girls in the local community in Siaya and Vihiga counties. The event will be held every Saturday at our training space in the African Institute for Health Transformation (AIHT), SCH’s innovative research lab based at the hospital. SCH most recently has received a total of four hundred and thirty two (432) bags of sanitary napkins and 3 sanitary pads from one if its partners, Skylark Kisumu, to be distributed to needy girls in the area. This effort was spearheaded by Mr. Dhama Patel of Skylark and distributed to Sagam by Dr. Lucie Rogo. The first event was held on Saturday, August 11th. It was an absolute success, with over 81 girls attending. As part of the talk, they received information from our outreach and counseling team on reproductive health and provided a safe space to receive and answer their questions. They provided information on some of the challenges they face including need for empowerment, training in life skills and desire to have linkages to youth forums. They also requested SCH to invite motivational speakers that focuses on their issues. We hope to continue to strengthen the health talks and are proud to be able to provide a forum for young girls to express themselves and to be assisted in regard to their needs, especially in reproductive health. Many thanks to the SCH team that organized the event and ensured it ran smoothly: Tony, Thomas, Geoffrey, Javan and Jane. Once again, we are thankful to our partners, Skylark...

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