The report is in! With strong weather systems and high winds moving through the Magadi region, respiratory illnesses have been on the rise for both children and adults.
BY THE NUMBERS
As Magadi communities recovered from the January cholera outbreak in the region, more hardship struck in February and March. Here's how the Jeepline served the community (adults and children combined):
GRAND TOTAL FOR FEBRUARY/MARCH = 1,410 patients treated!
\The rate of both respiratory and eye infections more than doubled from February to March due to heavy winds throughout the region. Children made up 60% of the patients treated during these months, which offered incredible opportunities for preventative care conversations with staff from New Life Mission.
Preventative and curative services were offered which included immunizations, health education and medication administration. Many pregnant women attended antenatal clinic services as well. Utilizing the Jeepline, the nurse servicing the Doppa community was able to successfully refer and transport a mother who developed complications after delivery to the Magadi Hospital. The Jeepline is currently exploring opportunities to further educate and maintain antenatal visits with mothers who are at risk for developing or have contracted HIV/AIDS.
A "Win" Worth Sharing:
"We were able to reach two antenatal mothers whom we were able to screen for HIV and syphilis, counsel on individual birth plans, techniques for skilled deliveries, and warning signs during pregnancy. We provided iron to boost blood level to prevent anemia and congenital malformations."
Challenges & Opportunities
Challenges for the Magadi community continues to be finding sources of clean water in the non-rain season. Dried up rivers have forced communities to use contaminated water sources for drinking water/cooking supply. The number of malnourished children are also on the rise related to persistent drought conditions in the area.
Areas for opportunity in the coming months will focus on efforts to reduce communicable disease spread through education, use of barriers, washing hands, toilet construction (funding permitting) and reducing housefly populations to reduce spread of disease. Tracking of pregnant patients will also be implemented to better screen for HIV and high risk, in-home births. Community health volunteers will be utilized to encourage women to seek medical care prior to delivery.
Opportunities to offer support
Jeepline medical staff are requesting funds to purchase easy-set-up structures that can be utilized in the communities to examine pregnant women while providing privacy. Additional examination supplies have been requested for this effort as well.
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