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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.