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Kambare Community Outreach

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Recent News | 0 comments

This week, Sagam Community Hospital (SCH) took their outreach team to Kambare, roughly 40 minutes from Sagam. There was a great turn out where 185 community members sought preventative care.  After over 6 hours of seeing patients, our team was ready to head home. There were 165 blood pressure screens with 47 referrals to SCH, 88 HIV tests, 42 cervical cancer screens with 3 SCH referral, and 15 Vitamin A tablets distributed. This week, we would like to highlight Dr. Mindy Sherman, an Emergency Pediatrics specialist, and Hanna Haiver, a 4th year American medical student for seeing 100 patients during outreach!  One of our newest developments with outreach is providing eyeglasses at a low cost for the community, thanks to Vision 2.5. We are increasing our efforts in helping those with limited or poor eyesight!As always, we would like to thank our partners, KMET, CHAK, Jhpiego, M-Tiba and Visions 2.5 for their efforts in making these outreaches possible. Let’s see if next week we can see over 200 community members on...

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Asembo Community Outreach

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Recent News | 0 comments

This week Sagam Community Hospital (SCH) traveled to Asembo for community outreach, approximately one hour from SCH. Asembo is a rural town that consists of primarily farmers and fishermen from lake Victoria. The village was very welcoming to Sagam as the day started with prayer and hymns inside their local church.  The turnout was fantastic as 221 community members were registered in total. 128 people tested for blood pressure, 37 examined for HIV, 32 were consulted on family planning,  and 35 women took part in cervical cancer screenings. Clinical officers saw 96 total patients throughout the outreach, ranging from small children to elderly parents. SCH was thrilled with the warm reception in Asembo and is looking to come back in the near future to continue to provide quality care to the community members. SCH looks forward to expanding the Community Outreach program with our partners Jhpiego, M-Tiba, Vision 2.5, and the Kenyan...

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Do Kenyans have a right to Healthcare? By Matthew Lewis

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Recent News | 1 comment

“Every person has the right to the highest attainable standard of health, which includes the right to health care services, including reproductive health care… A person shall not be denied emergency medical treatment… The State shall provide appropriate social security to persons who are unable to support themselves and their dependents.” – Article 43 of the Kenyan Constitution [1] Do Kenyans have a right to healthcare? Yes, the people of Kenya maintain a statement of solidarity to their fellow citizen in providing high benchmarks in quality and access to care. A new constitution has put Kenya on a path to improving the equity of medical attention provided to its citizens. While the foundations of Kenya’s government recognize the inherent right of each citizen, many institutional and societal challenges face the growing nation on its mission to empower all Kenyans with healthcare. In a historic 2010 vote, 67 percent of the Kenyan people ratified a new constitution that enhanced their individual rights and autonomy [1]. The constitution states that both rural and urban inhabitants of Kenya have a right to the highest attainable standard of health, including the right to reproductive care [1]. In articles 53-57, the constitution enumerates the rights of specific peoples including children, individuals with disabilities, and other marginalized citizens [1]. Another key element of the Kenyan Constitution is devolution of power to 47 counties, each overseen by a governor. Under the belief that a more accountable and personal decision-making process will improve healthcare, the Kenyan government has empowered these county governments to service their communities with medical services, pharmacies, ambulances, and the promotion of primary health care [2]. The majority of Kenyan’s derive their right to healthcare by financing care via the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF). Formed in the 1960s, the NHIF is the oldest government medical scheme in Africa [3]. The NHIF is a mandatory tax for those in formal employment, and is an optional fee of 500 Shilling per month for those in informal employment; in 2016, 25 million Kenyans are benefitting from the program [4],[5]. The government has also undertaken initiatives to specifically focus on child and maternal care by guaranteeing a child’s right to hospital admission and...

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Essilor’s 2.5 New Vision President Visits SCH

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Events, Partners, Recent News | 1 comment

On Tuesday, June 6th, 2017, SCH had the pleasure of hosting Mr. Frederic Corbasson, the President of the 2.5 New Vision Generation, an Essilor Group Initiative. He visited SCH as part of his tour of Kenya. He was joined by Mr. Raphael Okumu, the Business Developer-Eastern Africa for Essilor. The purpose of their visit was to meet our community outreach team, who they had trained as Vision Ambassadors on May 23, 2017. Vision Ambassadors have been trained to assess vision and sell eye glasses to members of our community. Essilor is expanding its services and support for eye care to Kenya and SCH is proud to host one of the first Vision Ambassadors in the country, joining other colleagues in China, Brazil and India. During the meeting, the Vision Ambassadors were able to share their experience, both successes and challenges, in assessing eye care for the community and selling glasses. SCH’s In-Charge of its Ophthalmology Department, Mr. Martin Audi, also shared how the number of referrals by the community outreach team have increased and also encouraged the team on how their work is helping their community. In addition, we shared our needs for strengthening of our eye department, especially in increasing capacity for our opthalmology department to participate fully in SCH’s weekly outreaches in terms of equipment and staffing. The Essilor team were also able to learn more about SCH and the African Institute for Health Transformation; their visit was concluded with a song and dance from the community outreach team and a tour of the hospital. We are thankful for the visit and privileged to have hosted the Essilor team! Karibu tena! Who is Essilor? Essilor is a french company focusing on eye care and has a corporate responsibility mission to improve eye care and eye sight for the 2.5 billion people across the globe that lack...

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Laparoscopic Surgery Camp at Sagam Community Hospital

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Recent News | 0 comments

Madaraka Day at SCH was a special one with the launch of our second Laparoscopic Surgery Camp that was supported by the Kenya Society for Endoscopic Specialities Kenya Society for Endoscopic Specialities – KESESand Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). As a follow-up to the first camp held in September 2016, this camp not only provided much needed surgical intervention for the participating patients but also provided an opportunity for doctors and nurses at SCH and beyond to be exposed to laparoscopic surgery. We wish to to thank the KESES Executive Board Member, Dr. Francis Were, for spearheading the camp. We are proud to have hosted ob/gyn specialists, surgeons, nurses, residents and medical students from University of Nairobi, Kenyatta National Hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, PGH Nakuru, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital, MP Shah Hospital, MGH, KESES, University of Massachusetts Medical School and Maseno University’s School of Medicine. The camp was supported by two CO anesthetists, Mr. Dan Kavole and Mr. Jackton Juma and our dedicated theatre staff led by Mr. Samwel Orondo and and Mr. Kashmir Owino, who were also assisted by the visiting nurses from PGH Nakuru, Ms. Veronicah Serem and Ms. Mary Wambui. In addition, much appreciation to our clinical, theatre, nursing, pharmacy, laboratory, accounting and sanitation staff for their hard work throughout the duration of the camp. Patients and physicians came from far and wide to access and be trained in laparoscopic surgery. We believe creating access to laparoscopic surgery in this area will greatly improve patient experiences by reducing patient postoperative pain and hospital stay. Like last year, the cases were operated on in one of our new theaters built with funding from the Kletjian Foundation and relied on theatre equipment donated by the GE Foundation @GE and the Center for Public Health and Development (both of whom also provided maintenance support for the equipment before the camp began). During the 3- day camp, 8 laparoscopic cases were performed successfully. We would also like to thank KMET (Kmet Kenya) for their logistical support for our participants on the first day and the MGH Global Health Fellows for their participation in the planning of the camp. In...

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