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Farewell to Fellows

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Recent News | 0 comments

This past Friday, we said goodbye to two of our consultants, Dr. Revathi Ravi and Dr. Oluwakemi Adegoke. Both are Global Health Innovation and Leadership fellows within Massachusetts General Hospital’s Division of Global Health and Human Rights. Additionally, both are currently MPH candidates at the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. We were so fortunate to have them work alongside our Sagam staff for the past two years, and they have both accomplished a tremendous amount throughout their time here. Dr. Oluwakemi Adegoke (“Dr. Kemi”) is an attending in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Providence St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia, Washington. Here at Sagam Community Hospital, she served as our Obstetrics and Gynecology specialist. Dr. Kemi brought her passion for educating patients on reproductive health and family planning to improve the lives of those here in western Kenya. She ran our weekly OB-GYN outpatient clinic and served as a clinician at Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET), a non-governmental organization closely affiliated with Sagam Community Hospital.   In addition to her impressive clinical work here at Sagam, Dr. Kemi also focused on research in Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH), and specifically the use of the Uterine Balloon Tamponade (UBT). Her commitment to serving patients in low-resource areas resulted in the improvement of the UBT program. Additionally, she is working on determining the facilitators and barriers that are involved in the larger uptake of the UBT device in other countries such as Tanzania. As a consultant, Dr. Kemi proved to be an excellent instructor for our staff, especially our interns and residents. We are a stronger team because of Dr. Kemi’s knowledge and commitment to improving Sagam Community Hospital. Now that she has completed her time as a consultant with us, Dr. Kemi will be heading to Boston, Massachusetts, to continue to pursue her MPH in Quantitative Methods at Harvard University. Our other departing consultant, Dr. Revathi Ravi, served as our medicine and pediatrics specialist at SCH. Dr. Ravi is passionate about strengthening global health systems, and that was clearly represented in her commitment to teaching our Clinical Officers, Interns, Residents, and Nurses. Dr. Ravi focused on improving our neonatal care by...

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December Ketamine Week Recap

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

This past week, Sagam Community Hospital completed another successful Ketamine Week, the first since the end of the country-wide healthcare strikes. SCH trained three new providers from Sagam, as well as four nurses and two doctors from Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. Throughout the week, nineteen procedures were done in total, to support the training of the providers. This included an emergency caesarian section on Monday, starting off the week on an exciting note! We were pleased to welcome visitors from CHMT on Wednesday including the Siaya County Director for Health, Dr. Samuel Omondi-Owino, the Siaya County Deputy Director for Health, Dr. Eunice Fwaya, and the Siaya County Reproductive Health Coordinator, Mr. Fredrick Obare. Pictured below with our Ketamine Week attendees from Prince Albert, Canada. On Friday, our final lunch and graduation ceremony was a cause for celebration. We are proud of all of our participants, and the connections that this week has allowed us to make from Canada to Kenya. Many thanks to our instructors, Javan Imbamba (SCH Ketamine Champion), Wenslaus Adenya (SCH Ketamine Champion), Juma Jaqtone (SCH Ketamine CO Anaesthetist), and Dr. Revathi Ravi (MGH Global Health Fellow). Our doctors, Dr. Amaganga, Dr. Kemi, and Dr. Nyamogo, and our consultants, Dr. Khama Rogo, Dr. Thomas Burke, and Dr. Orero.   We would also like to thank our hospital administrators, Debora Rogo and Juddy Mattis, as well as the theatre, pharmacy, accounts, nursing, and kitchen staff. In addition, many thanks to the MGH Coordinators, Joseph Owuor, and Phoebe Kelleher. This week would not have been possible without this wonderful team!...

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KENYA OBSTETRICAL AND GYNECOLOGICAL SOCIETY (KOGS) SENSITIZATION FORUM ON UTERINE BALLOON TAMPONADE (UBT) AND KETAMINE INNOVATIONS

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

The Kenya Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (KOGS) recently held a sensitization forum to discuss the Every Second Matters (ESM)- Uterine Balloon Tamponade (UBT) and ESM-Ketamine innovation in Kisumu, Kenya. The African Institute for Health Transformation (AIHT) team in collaboration with the head of Reproductive and Maternal Health service Unite (RMHSU) Dr. Joel Gondi brought together 16 members of KOGS drawn from Kisumu, Bungoma, Kakamega, Garissa, Turkana, Homa Bay, Vihiga, Busia and Migori Counties. One main objective of the forum was to to discuss the best strategies to accelerate rollout, data collection, reporting, uptake, and scale-up of both the Uterine Balloon Tamponade and Ketamine innovations. The forum also focused on sensitizing KOGS members on maternal health lifesaving innovations. The forum began with introductions and welcoming remarks from Dr. Onyango, the Chairperson of KOGs Western Chapter, and followed with the first presentation by Dr. Joel Gondi. Dr. Gondi commended Obstetrician and Gynecologists for their efforts in making a difference in maternal and reproductive health service provision. He emphasized how to implement locally generated evidence based innovative techniques that offer local solutions to maternal and adolescent reproductive health challenges. He also emphasized the need for quality of care to be improved, and he acknowledged it is at the heart of all the best practices they are expected to implement. Dr. Gondi highlighted critical observation is where quality of care is compromised not as a result of scientific, but rather administrative systems failure especially where there is staff shortage or delay in offering services. Dr Gondi also wanted to know how far KOGS has been articulating and propagating some of the best practices such as UBT and Ketamine innovations in their practice. He emphasized the need for KOGS to shape direction of Maternal Health policies in Kenya. He invited KOGS to participate in the review of the Reproductive Health Policy that is ongoing, and he mentioned that this review would attempt to interpret and meet the constitutional requirement that Kenyan Citizens have a right to the highest standard of Reproductive Health in a devolved system of governance. Dr. Gondi concluded by highlighting resources and partnerships KOGS could use, provided by the Ministry of Health...

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THE EYE

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Recent News | 0 comments

Many people do not pay much attention to the eye although it is one of the most vital senses in the human body. Vision impairment and eye infections are on the rise due to some factors that can easily be prevented. Ask yourself this, how often do you see an ophthalmologist or rather…how many eye checkups have you been to?   Some eye conditions and diseases are hereditary and family members may need to be monitored regularly by a general physician and an ophthalmologist or optometrist. The most common eye problems are shortsightedness, foresightedness, colourblindness, blurred vision and general eye infections. Eye sight problems are on the rise mostly in children, teenagers and office workers due to frequent watching of television, use of smartphones and use of computers and laptops in the office.  NOTE; If a foreign body enters your eye e.g: when digging a sharp stone enters your eye, e glass accidentally enters your eye, do not rub it ..it might just stir up the problem. In stead, close your eye, tie it with a bandage and rush to the nearest hospital. Visit Sagam Community Hospital for eye checkups every weekday from 8.00am....

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Have you been screened for Cervical Cancer?

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Events, Partners, Recent News | 0 comments

Did you know that cervical cancer is the leading cause of death of women of reproductive age in Kenya? Overall, it 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. We wish to encourage all women of reproductive age to get screened. If cervical cancer is screened and diagnosed early, it can be treated. At Sagam, we provide cervical cancer screening for free. As part of our screening services, 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. Please fill free to visit our ob/gyn clinic every Tuesday from 8.30 am to 4 pm or come by during one of our outreaches to receive the service....

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CHAK Hosts CME at Sagam

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Events, Partners, Recent News | 0 comments

SCH welcomed Dr. Nelson Otieno from the Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK) and AstraZeneca Band Dr. David Wanikina, our Family and Emergency Medicine Resident, as they taught our Continuous Medical Education (CME) session today with a focus on diagnosis and management of hypertension. SCH is part of the Healthy Hearts Africa (HHA) initiative that is being implemented by CHAK and AstraZeneca towards early diagnosis and treatment of hypertension in Kenya. Often called the “silent killer”, hypertension is a condition that can be managed will starting with ensuring frequent screening of one’s blood pressure. According to the Director of Medical Services, 1 in 4 Kenyans is living with hypertension but only about half of them have had their blood pressures measured. As one gets older (past the age of 40), blood pressure screenings should become a routine part of their health care. We are grateful to them for the wonderful session and for our staff, who made it a very participatory and...

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