Community Health

The project supports the health of people living in the rural communities of Molo and Kuresoi, by providing basic health care at the doorstep for 1,000 people every month, and by planting trees to protect the forests and to cater for healthy food intake. 

Local solution

Kalyet Afya Foundation (KAF) provides basic health services to people who could otherwise not visit a hospital or doctor when they need it, because of a variety of reasons; The nearest health centre is far away from where they live, and they do not afford fare to visit the hospital. Government dispensaries are understaffed or have not enough equipment and medicines. In addition, many women of reproductive age in the rural areas we work lack reliable knowledge of family planning by the many rumours and misconceptions around family planning methods. Altogether it leads to many postpone getting information or medications, which jeopardizes their health.

That is why KAFs clinic provides basic health care information and treatment, such as screening for diabetes, deworming and vaccination of children and family planning services.

Moreover, together with farmer families KAF sets up tree nurseries. They are trained in how to care for their tree orchards. Together with communities they plant fast-growing trees for firewood, to protect the forest trees; and fruit trees to produce for the community. Fruit intake provides important vitamins and minerals to a poor family’s diet of ‘ugali’ (a maize meal porridge) only.

Together it promotes community health, which has a huge impact on a family’s income, food security and wellbeing.

Lives improved

Every month, 1,000 women, children and men will be informed, tested or provided with basic medicine. This means major preventable diseases are prevented or alleviated.

Being healthy has a direct impact on a family’s wealth, food security and well-being.

Through tree planting 80 families will be assured of income. They can sell the seedlings or matured blue gum trees as firewood to schools or factories; and sell their fruits at local markets. It will generate a sustainable income that they can use to pay for their healthcare and other necessities like paying fees for their children.

Community impact 

In the communities of Molo and Kuresoi this means: Women of reproductive age will be healthier and enabled to provide a healthier life for their children, when they are able to space their pregnancies. Lives of children under 5 are saved by immunizations, as they will be prevented against diseases such as polio. Lives of adolescents will be improved, as being informed on reproductive health leads to less teen pregnancies and les Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Lives of men over 60 are saved by screening and medication for life-threatening diseases such as diabetes and prostate cancer.

What’s more, the entire community benefits from improved information, that spreads among people, which will in turn increase health-seeking behaviour and thus improve health and well-being in the community.

Budget

The donations Ksh 333,000 (or €2,572) will allow us to reach an extra 1,000 recipients monthly for a period of 4 months’ time.

The donations will be used as follows:

  • Awareness raising during community outreach meetings to dispel myths and create a better understanding of the benefits of the available health care services and family planning.
  • Providing information on family planning or counselling on HIV, directly to the people at the comfort of their homes. Later a nurse will go to dispense pills, a jab or the ARV-drugs.
  • A day clinic for treatment such as deworming and immunizations, cancer and diabetic screening and HIV-testing.
  • Purchasing of drugs and non- pharmaceuticals for the outreach. (ARV-drugs to be able to live with HIV are obtained through the government).
  • Paying community health volunteers (CHVs) for the outreach and other logistics.
  • Identifying farmers and community groups to grow seedlings and to care for the trees.
  • Providing these tree planting clubs, local farmers, schools and individual householders with relevant equipment and training, and later on help them to connect them with buyers of the seedlings.

Every additional donation will benefit even more people. Kalyet Afya Foundation aims to collect in total Ksh1,000,000 (or €7,716) for 1,000 recipients per month for a period of one year.

Testimonials

  • I am happy with KAF’s services and knowledge. Most of the rumours and misconception I had about family planning are addressed. I will also spread this message to more women.

    One of the clients of family planning services (according to director Lilian Langat)
  • I now have an income by producing seedlings. We got training in skills, equipment and connection to the market to sell all through KAF.

    One of the participants of a tree nursery group (according to director Lilian Langat)

    Project in Pictures

    Make iMPACT yourself

    Donate to Community Health

     

    Daily updated donation stats

    2572
    20

    Project Details

    • Project:
      Community Health
    • NGO:
      KAF
    • Location:
      Kenya
    • Start date:
      January 2, 2022
    • End date:
      December 31, 2022

    About KAF

    Kalyet Afya Foundation (KAF) is a local non-profit organisation based in Molo Sub-County, addressing the following two missions: 1) To sensitize, educate and provide family planning and healthcare services to people living in rural and slum areas, who cannot afford the cost of healthcare or cost of transport to the healthcare facilities. And 2) to protect, plant, cultivate and promote trees in partnership with local communities. KAF has a health permit of the Kenyan government and receives ARV-drugs (to be able to live with HIV) through them.

    Open projects by iMPACT direct

    CHANGE the story
    of GIVING

    Contact

    Sign up for our Newsletter


    online concept & control © CAPREA MEDIA