DEPARTMENT SPOTLIGHT: Comprehensive Care Clinic (CCC)

Posted by on Nov 28, 2018 in Events, Partners, Recent News | 0 comments

The HIV Testing and Screening Booth at Sagam

Today, our CCC team of Geoffrey and Peritah received a donation of HIV tests from a kind donor that will assist with their work. The CCC at Sagam is ran in collaboration with the Centre for Health Solutions – Kenya (CHS), the County Government of Siaya and Government of Kenya.

The HIV tests donation

The HIV tests donation

Our CCC focuses on provision of free holistic care and management for patients which chronic diseases.

Geoffrey and Peritah check out the tests

Geoffrey, the HTC Officer, in action

Most recently, CHS (with support from PEPFAR and the CDC) helped construct a new testing booth that provides more space and privacy for our clients and the healthcare providers.

New HIV Testing and Screening Booth

Photo of the Week: SCH Reproductive Health Talk

Posted by on Nov 15, 2018 in Events, Partners, Recent News | 0 comments

Here are some photos from the latest Reproductive Health Talk (RHT) held on Saturday, 10th November, 2018. 58 girls were in attendance. On this particular day,  the girls discussed how young people can keep safe during this long holiday  and was led by the Youth Peer team at Sagam. In addition, there was discussion on activities the girls could participate in that would be beneficial to them. 

Sagam’s Youth Peer team leads discussions

One of those activities will be as members of Sagam Girls Football Club, who shall have their second match this weekend before the Sagam Men’s Football Club match against  Mindhine Polytechnic.

In addition, SCH received an additional donation of 192 bags of sanitary pads from the Kisumu business community. 

AIHT in Burkina Faso

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in AIHT, Events, Partners, Recent News | 0 comments

Between 3rd and 9th of October, AIHT Sagam was represented by Dr. Khama Rogo in Burkina Faso. During this visit, Burkina Faso’s Hon. Minister for Health gave an opening address to the high level workshop on Strengthening Health Systems for UHC in Koudougou, 100km outside the capital, Ouagadougou.

 

The team also visited several non-state hospitals and a big incinerator project for medical waste run on a public private partnership (PPP) basis. AIHT’s lessons were shared with the participants, including how to make PPPs work to reduce maternal and newborn mortality. A strong Burkinabe team will visit Kenya soon, led by the Minister for Health.

Sagam Collaborates with Rotary Club of Sagam for Medical Outreach in Ulumbi

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Events, Partners, Recent News | 0 comments

SCH and Rotary of Sagam

In late September, SCH/AIHT teamed up with the Rotary Club of Sagam to hold a medical outreach camp in Ulumbi, Yala Township. Rotary president, Prof. James Ombaka, led the effort in selecting the site (Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) – Ulumbi). We also worked with on of SCH’s staff, Ms. Dorothy Ododa (customer care in-charge), who is originally from Ulumbi.

After an early departure from Sagam, the outreach team arrived at 9 am. The outreach team included 6 community health workers, 2 nurses and 1 coordinator.

A total of 130 attended the outreach as part of the mobilization by Prof. Ombaka. All of the attendees was screened for blood pressure (with 16 referred to Sagam for further care), 37 received HIV testing and counseling, 31 received family planning services, 35 received cervical cancer screening using our Mobile ODT device (with 4 referred to Sagam’s ob/gyn clinic for further consultation), 25 children received Vitamin A while 15 of the attendees were registered with M-TIBA, the health pocket available with MPESA.

We wish to thank CHAK and Medtronic Labs for the support of our blood pressure screening, Jhpiego for providing us with our health wagon, Pharmaccess and Carepay for the support with MTIBA, Essilor for supporting our eye equity services and lastly, to the Rotary Club of Sagam, for planning and mobilization for this outreach. We look forward to many more outreaches in Ulumbi and with association with the Rotary Club of Sagam.

SCH Conducts Outreach in Sagam Village as SCH FC beats Mount Kenya University.

Posted by on Nov 6, 2018 in Events, Partners, Recent News | 0 comments

On Saturday, November 3rd, 2018, our Sagam Community Hospital (SCH) Football Club (FC) teamed up with SCH’s outreach team for a joint football match and medical services camp. SCH FC was scheduled to play Mount Kenya University (Thika Campus) staff football team for a second time. While the event was free, the requirement for entry was to submit oneself for a blood pressure check.

Mount Kenya University warms up before the match

 

Children dance in the field to the blaring music before the match begins

 

SCH staff, Gaudencia and Dorothy, walk to the match

 

Sagam children joining our players during warm ups.

Sagam children joining our players during warm ups.

And what an exciting day it was! SCH outreach team took to Sagam Primary School at 10 am to help set up the medical stations and the sound system, which would blare out music and promotion of the free services to be provided that day. Despite the rains during the day, our great support in Sagam Village came out in large numbers to support our team.

SCH Community Health Workers get ready for the outreach

 

A spectator gets ready to have his blood pressure checked

 

Warm ups!

Boasting a robust defense, steady midfield and brave striking force, SCH FC triumphed to a 3-1 win. Meanwhile, SCH’s outreach team conducted free blood pressure checks, cervical cancer screening and HIV testing and counseling.

 

An exciting match between SCH FC and Mount Kenya University

 

Spectators at full attention as they cheered for SCH FC

 

SCH FC gather to discuss strategy

Many thanks to SCH staff, SCH community health works and the members of our fantastic football team for a great performance, coordination, planning and support on Saturday. And additional appreciation to Mount Kenya University for making the long journey to Siaya County and we hope to visit them for an away game and show we are as strong away from ‘Sagam FC Stadium’. Lastly, many thanks to Sagam village community, that came out in strong numbers to cheer for their team!

AIHT Sagam at the 2018 World of Health Care (WoHC) Conference

Posted by on Nov 6, 2018 in AIHT, Events, Partners, Recent News | 0 comments

Prof. Khama Rogo speaks during the WoHC conference in Holland

AIHT/Sagam recently shared ideas with participants at 2018 World of Health Care (WoHC) conference in Netherlands, organized by the Task Force Health Care. 

Kenya was represented by His Excellency (HE) Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o (Governor of Kisumu County), First Lady Dorothy Nyong’o (Kisumu County), Mr. George O. Okongo (Kisumu County), Dr. Andrew Toro (Thika County), Mr. Arif Neky (UNFPA), Mr. Isaiah Okoth (PharmAccess), Dr. Bahaa Eddine Sarroukh (UNFPA) and Prof. Khama Rogo.

Multiple high-level delegations participated in WoHC’s 3-day Health~Holland Visitors Programme 2018 to be inspired and connect.

Prof. Rogo gave two presentations. The first was on the approach of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Africa and the progress do far. He stressed the importance of innovation if Africa is to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sustainable Development Goals

His second presentation was a plenary on on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and opportunities for private sector investment in Africa. He provided examples of challenges and opportunities brought by new willingness of governments to engage in dialogue, reform policy and regulatory constrains and  invest with private entities. 

 

SCH Reproductive Health Talks Are Going Strong!

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in Events, Partners, Press/Media, Recent News | 0 comments

Thomas, a Youth Peer Educator at SCH, leads the group.

SCH’s recently launched Reproductive Health Talks (RHTs) for Girls continues to go strong and attract a high number of attendees.

Hon. Christine Ombaka during her speech

Caroline Nendez, from KMET, then followed with another excellent presentation on family planning options

Please check out key milestones:

  1. SCH has held seven (7) RHTs with young girls;
  2. Launched a football team for the girls;
  3. Hosted Siaya County’s Women’s Representative, Hon. Christine Ombaka and Member of County Assembly (MCA) for East Gem, Hon. Samuel Otieno Siguru;
  4. We have distributed three hundred and thirty two (332) bags of sanitary pads donated by the Kisumu business community; and
  5. Collaborated with various partners including the Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET) and the Rotary Club of Sagam.

Cecilia, SCH nurse in charge of the Maternal and Child Clinic, lead a presentation on use of sanitary pads

Our girls enjoying some refreshments.

We look forward to more exciting times and opportunities for our young girls. Much appreciation to our SCH team for their efforts in getting this initiative going.

SCH Outreach Team Heads to Kambare Village

Posted by on Oct 29, 2018 in Events, Partners, Press/Media, Recent News | 0 comments

The fruits born from the 1st Annual Siaya Scientific Conference are now in bounty! During the conference, the SCH/AIHT team had requested delegates and attendees to get in touch with them to plan for future outreaches around Siaya. Ms. Rose Juma, the Field Coordinator for IMPACT in Alego-Usengo and Gem Sub-counties, was one of the first to take advantage. She reached out to our team to come to Kambare Village and hold an outreach there. To support our team, she lead the mobilization of residents and coordination on the ground. In particular, she was anxious to bring cervical cancer screening for the women there.

Our land cruiser successfully guided our Jphiego health wagon (gari la afya) safely to Kambore.

Our team set off from Sagam and arrived in the early morning. Support by our Jhpiego medical wagon, our team made the exciting journey to Kambare.

As part of Rose’s efforts, we were able to see 130 people, all of whom were screened for their blood pressure, with 33 referrals made to SCH for further check ups in our non-communicable disease (NCD) clinic. We provide HIV testing and counseling to 48, 12 received family planning services, 26 women were screened for cervical cancer with 3 being referred to SCH’s ob/gyn clinic for further follow up. Others were also able to be seen by our clinician while 4 registered for M-TIBA, the mobile health pocket used by many to pay for health services.

SCH outreach team began to see patients early in the morning.

We are grateful to Rose for the support and we look forward to more fruits and collaborations with other partners within Siaya County!

Stay tuned for news from an upcoming outreach/football match this Saturday in Sagam and a joint outreach planned in collaboration with Siaya County and Jhpiego in Ambira in late November.

SCH Launches Girls Football Team

Posted by on Oct 29, 2018 in Events, Partners, Press/Media, Recent News | 0 comments

Our girls in action.

SCH is proud to launch our girls’ football team (SCH Girls FC). We held our first match last month and will provide an a schedule of upcoming matches so all supporters can attend. This was launched as a branch of our recently launched reproductive health talks for young girls in our community. Go, girls… we are proud of you! And may you score us many goals.

Our girls enjoying the beautiful game.

Many thanks to SCH staff, Javan Ogoch, Thomas Oyiengo, Geoffrey Limbe, Tonny Omondi and Jane Oloo, for their coordination of our talks and launch of the girls’ football team.

The Importance of Cervical Cancer Screening

Posted by on Oct 29, 2018 in Events, Partners, Press/Media, Recent News | 0 comments

In Kenya, cervical and breast cancers are leading cancers in women. Overall, cervical cancer is the 3rd leading cause of death in Kenya after infectious and cardiovascular diseases. According to the Ministry of Health, at least 8 Kenyan women die daily from cervical cancer. In addition, the National Cancer Institute notes that only 14 percent of all Kenyan women have been screened.

All women aged 15-65 are encouraged to get cervical cancer screening via visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) every year. Patients affected by HIV disease are especially high risk for the disease and are encouraged to get VIA every 6 months.

 

            

At SCH, we offer free cervical cancer screening on a daily basis, in all our weekly outreaches and as part of our weekly ob/gyn clinic (held every Tuesday from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm)

To assist our cervical cancer screening capabilities, we have teamed up with MobileODT and are using their innovative screening device that allows for quick diagnosis and consultation with senior ob/gyn consultants. The camera, which is connected to a smart phone, allows the health provider to capture a photo, take client details and share the photo in real-time with an approved ob/gyn consultant. This is all supported with an online platform that has been set up specifically for SCH.

Ms. Rose Ndinda from Mobile ODT demonstrates how their innovative device is used for SCH clinical staff.

Besides screening, we offer treatment options for pre-cancerous lesions using cryotherapy and loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP). Cervical cancer is the only preventable gynaecological cancer and all women are encouraged to get appropriate screening.

Karibu!