This past week Sagam Community Hospital welcomed a team from the Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET) to present at our clinical CME. KMET, in partnership with PATH, is beginning a new initiative called Changamsha Watoto, focusing on improving Early Childhood Development (ECD) in Siaya county. The objective of Changamsha Watoto is designed to integrate responsive care and stimulation approaches for children 0 – 3 years in the private health sector in Siaya County. We are excited to be involved this new project!
The presentation included different interventions that could be considered in Siaya country, some of which could be implemented here in Sagam.
Making Health Facilities more Child-Friendly
One unfortunate fact mentioned in the presentation was that only 61% of children under the age of five in Siaya county have access to two or more play items, which have been proven to be an important tool in stimulating children. We want to make the paediatric areas of our hospital more welcoming and stimulating for our patients.
Creating a more stimulating and fun environment does not have to be costly. Our general manager worked with the KMET team to create a set of play items made from recycled household items.
In addition to making the healthcare environment more stimulating for a child, there are also many ways that our clinicians and nurses can be involved in improving ECD in Siaya. Our paediatrician, clinical officers, and nurses can counsel on age-appropriate stimulation and evaluate developmental milestones, caregiver mental state, and caregiving practices.
We plan on having our community health workers participate in the 5-day training on ECD evaluation as part of our community intervention, which will provide an integral addition of expertise to our already strong paediatric and MCH outpatient clinics.
We look forward to working closely with KMET on this project and improving the early childhood development of our children in Siaya county!
Sagam Community Hospital’s paediatric clinic is held every Wednesday from 8:30 – 4:00 pm and our maternal and child health clinic are held every Friday from 8:30 – 4:00 pm.For more information, please contact our customer care department at 0722-510346 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the ongoing ECD and KMET initiative, visit their website at http://www.kmet.co.ke/