During all missions to date, malaria has been the main disease diagnosed at the clinics, followed by upper respiratory illnesses. We see a host of other ailments such as hypertension, diabetes, infections of all kinds, musculo-skeletal injuries and pains, arthritis, dental problems, abdominal pain and many more.
This mission was comprised of 8 nurses and 1 support person, again, conducting 11 days of field clinics. The number of patients we are seeing in the clinics is decreasing. We are repeatedly told it is due to the fact that the communities are healthier due to the missions and public health programs done by CNFA and, indeed, the population seems healthier in general.
Number who visited the clinics: 6,204
Number of jiggers treatments: 293
Number of school children dewormed: 4,027
For a total of : 10,524 persons treated
We also provided –
- wound care to: 88
- reading glasses to: 398
- sexual health classes to: 188
- home visits to: 3
- transferred to hospital and care paid : 9
And amazingly, we built one house and supplied a roof for a second house!
This mission had a small but mighty team of 6 nurses doing 11 days of field clinics. We learned that a small team working with our Kenyan partners is just as effective as a large team!
Number who visited the clinics: 7,247
Number of school children dewormed: 1,774
Number of jiggers treatments: 508
For a total of: 9,529 persons treated
We also provided –
- wound care to: 169
- reading glasses to 444
- gave sexual health classes to: 262
- transferred to hospital and paid for care: 22
2013 Mission in May/April
With a team of 13 in 11 days of field clinics we treated 11,887 men, women and children:
Number visiting the clinics: 7,818
Number of Jiggers treatments- 1,058
Number of school children dewormed- 3,007
Home visits- 4
FOR A TOTAL OF: 11,887 individuals treated
Number of wounds treated- 150
Number of patients provided hospital care- 8
Sexual education classes- grade 8 and above girls: 266
– women: 56
– boys: 65
Crutches were provided to one person.
This was our longest mission to date with 11 days of clinics in April. We treated a total of 14,789 people, transported 22 people to hospital where we paid all fees. We treated 138 people for a variety of wounds. In conjunction with the regular clinics, our community workers held 11 jiggers clinics for a total of 1,081 treated. We also conducted deworming programs in 12 different schools. A total of 5,361 children were treated. Our sexual health classes included 275 men, women and students. For the first time, we also conducted home visits to see immobilized persons. We travelled to 5 homes where we examined the patients, assessed their needs and devised a care plan.
CNFAs third mission was in May. Nine members travelled again and this time treated 6,535 people over 8 days of clinics. We conducted 11 sexual health clinics and 9 people were transported to hospital with all fees paid. We piloted a school deworming program which resulted in 1,633 children being treated. Women in Canada sewed reusable sanitary pads which were handed out to women and girls during the sexual health classes. They were overjoyed to receive the pads so we decided to continue to provide them each year.
For our second mission, this time in May, nine CNFA members, including 7 nurses and 2 support workers, conducted 7 days of clinics and treated over 3,300 people. Sexual health teaching was introduced for the first time with classes held in conjunction with the daily clinics, as space and privacy allowed. We also transported several acutely ill patients to hospital and paid all fees.
In April, 8 nurses travelled to Kenya for CNFAs first mission. While there, we partnered with local Kenyan nurses and clinical officers. We conducted 8 days of clinics where we saw over 2,500 people. It became apparent that we needed to add more programs along with our clinics to better help the Kenyan people. Sexual health education and providing transportation to hospital, along with paying all the fees, for the acutely ill were the two most noticeable services we needed to provide. The two most noticeable services we needed to add were; sexual health classes for men, women and students and providing in-hospital treatment for the acutely ill.