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Skills-upgrading workshop for nurse-midwives

Background

The Kokuselei region is located in Turkana, a district situated in the Northeastern part of Kenya. This semi-desert, isolated area has poor infrastructure and limited access to health and education. Due to low levels of education and literacy, there is limited knowledge on health, nutrition and efficient agricultural practices. The people live in extreme poverty and suffer from periodic droughts, a situation which has led to widespread famine and death. While the entire population is affected, women, children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable. Life expectancy is low (up to 50 years old) and mortality of children under 5 is 220/1000.

Our Local Partner

The Missionary Community of St. Paul the Apostle (MCSPA) has established a network of primary assistance centers as part of the ‘Nariokotome Primary Health Program’. It includes five clinics, twelve nutritional units and a mobile clinic, all which provide permanent medical assistance to nearly 19 settlements in this region. The MCSPA is working in the region with a network of nutritional units, small agricultural projects, fishermen's cooperatives, and initiatives focused on the improvement of education, sanitary assistance, health agents and the training of women health promoters. They have also initiated a wide range of projects to improve access to water resources: perforation of wells, installation of mills and construction of dams to retain rainwater.

Our Project

Our goal is to give pregnant and lactating women better access to health services and improve their health by training them on food preparation and nutrition. While the direct beneficiaries are an estimated 140 people (70 women and their 70 children), the dispensary and the mother-child center will also indirectly benefit the 3,000 people living in the seven communities on the periphery of the Kokulesei area.


This project focuses on:
  • Working with local women to raise awareness on the importance of health care during pregnancy and lactation
  • Using the dispensary to provide prenatal care services, delivery assistance and transportation in case of complications
  • Providing nutrition and hygiene sessions and workshops on food preparation in order to diversify the local diet and reduce dependency on livestock, which is often decimated during droughts