Health & Nutrition

Monday 28 October 2019

Where children miss key services

 

By Jeckonia Otieno

Rukia Ahmed’s one-year-old gets four injections at once under a tree at El Yunis, 40km from Wajir town.

This is the first time the child is being immunized after birth. The outreach supported by humanitarian organization, Save the Children, provides hope for many members of the nomadic community.

Ms Ahmed and her family live about 60km from the nearest heath facility and with constant movement in search of water and pasture, health is on a back-burner, leaving many children uncovered by crucial services like vaccination. 

Wednesday 25 September 2019

Where outreach is the most basic source of healthcare

By Jeckonia Otieno

A cart carrying five children and a woman stops under a thorny shurb at El Yunis, some 40 kilometres north of Wajir Town

Pulling it are two donkeys directed by Jimale Dakane. They have taken three thours to cover a 15km didtance from their village to arrive here for the much needed health services.

Tuesday 27 August 2019

Health experts urge use of medicine to prevent umbilical cord infections

By Delfhin Mugo

On a hot Wednesday afternoon in one of the many homesteads that make Kaya West Village in Bungoma County, a young mother sits on a wooden chair taking cover from the sweltering sun.

Under the shade provided by her mud house, she carefully balances a baby on her arms, shielding her bundle of joy from the sun.

Thursday 9 May 2019

Pneumonia: The forgotten child killer

By Florence Dzame- Communications and Campaigns Manager

At the Lodwar County and Referral Hospital (LCRH) in Northern Kenya, Emanman, 8, and his siblings are receiving treatment in the in-patient ward. It is a hot day and a dusty breeze hits the open window into the ward that they share with other patients. His siblings Achuka, 2, and Alice who is 4 months old have all been diagnosed with pneumonia.

Thursday 21 March 2019

Wajir tackles measles outbreak as rainy season approaches

 

BY JECONIA OTIENO

Two months ago, 35-year-old Nunai Farit developed a fever coupled with a dry cough and a running nose. Her family thought it was an asthma attack and contacted a community health worker.

Unfortunately, the health worker could not do much and the mother of five died two days later. She was buried at a community cemetery at her rural home in Mau Mau.

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