Shortly after Christmas break in early January, the Team Agape mobile clinic was up and running throughout Magadi, serving hundreds of individuals suffering from an outbreak of cholera throughout the region.
Poor sanitation, contaminated water supplies, heavy rains and high population density in villages put many Masai communities at risk for contracting water borne illnesses. This cholera outbreak is the second of scale in the last five years and has impacted over 200 individuals including men, women and children. Cholera is especially dangerous for children as it causes frequent loose, watery stools that can lead to severe dehydration and death. Sixty-five children under age 5 and over one-hundred children above age 5 were treated with collaboration from NGOs, local health authorities and Team Agape Kenya.
The mobile health clinic was up and running seven days a week, assisting staff from all over the region with decontamination efforts and rehydration/community education. All 202 cases were managed through infusion of Ringer's lactate solution, administration of doxycycline caps, erythromycin tabs, ORS and zinc sulphate for rehydration.