Mama Ann's Odede
Community Health Centre opened last year, in March 2013. Now, 22 months later,
the facility and its various programs have grown considerably, as has its
impact on Odede and its surrounding communities.
When the Health
Centre opened its doors on the 12th of March 2013, 10 staff members
were there to greet patients. This number now stands at 21, including full-time and part-time employees, along with staff in shared roles or on
maternity leave. Since opening, staff at the Health Centre have safely
delivered over 240 babies, with the highest number of births in one month being
27. Over 960 children have been vaccinated, and over 500 women have received
antenatal care. Including satellite medical camps to surrounding communities,
over 7,000 patients have been treated since March 2013, and in 2014 an average
of 295 patients were seen per month.
2015 will be a big
year for the Health Centre, and we will have a special focus on improving the
facility's self-generated income and strategic planning. In 2014 we began
several income-generation projects, such as installing a new greenhouse to grow
food for patients and staff, and to sell within the community. In 2015 we aim
to expand these projects and look at new and innovative ways of increasing the
Health Centre's income. This includes implementing a Micro Health Insurance
Scheme, which will allow families living in poverty to access micro health
insurance for as little as $25 a year. WYI plans to sponsor 100 vulnerable
families to receive this insurance, which will both increase access to health
services as well as increase the Health Centre's direct income.
Health Centre is becoming a well-known facility in its area, with a reputation
for professional and affordable services. World Youth International is very
proud of the achievements of this project to date, and would like to thank Fred Mito, WYI's Kenya In Country Coordinator and the Health Centre Project
Manager, for his dedication and tireless contributions to making this facility
what it is today. Special thanks also goes to Naomi McClellan, who recently
finished her 12-month placement working with the Health Centre in Kenya through
the AVID (Australian Volunteers for International Development) program. Naomi
and Fred worked together over a year to improve the operations and strategic
plans for the Health Centre, and Naomi will be sorely missed from our
Finally, we thank all of the staff at Mama Ann's Odede
Community Health Centre who continue to work hard every day to bring crucial
healthcare services to those who need it most, and the many Nurses in Action
volunteers and Team Leaders who have helped to make this facility what it is
2014 was an exciting time for the Odede Health Centre. When our website
went live in September, its virtual doorway was open for people around the
world to connect with the Odede community in a way that hadn't been seen before.
This initiative was the culmination of planning and dedication over the past
twelve months by the World Youth team, and the response that WYI received was
truly heart warming.
Designed with a fresh new look and user
friendly navigation, the website provides a platform for our supporters to
connect with the Odede Health Centre community. The website now invites our
World Youth Supporters and affiliate organisations to personally make a real
difference to the lives of the Odede people by sponsoring one of the Health
Centre's valued staff members as well as purchasing a life changing gift.
Our comprehensive and user friendly online Give-a-Gift includes a variety of gift ideas that
will not only provide crucial health care services for the people of Odede, but
is a truly heartwarming gift for a loved one. We are proud to report that during
our recent Christmas Give-a-Gift campaign, World Youth raised $1,170, which will
make a lasting impact on the Health Centre in 2015!
The website now gives you the incredible
opportunity to meet the staff members who have made the Health Centre a
reality. Each of our dedicated staff members at the Health Centre offer their
expertise in a variety of fields, and together their depth of knowledge has
seen the Centre grow since its doors were opened in March 2013. You can now
read their truly inspiring stories, and see
how you can help them continue to treat patients in Odede.
Throughout the coming year, to keep you up
to date with first hand experiences from nurses and volunteers at the Health
Centre, we will also be regularly posting a new article to our blog. If you have an inspiring story or know of someone who has made a
significant difference in Odede, we would love to hear from you! Please forward
your stories to email@example.com
and we will let you know when your story will be featured on the site.
Thank you for your continued support!
In partnership with The Mango Tree in Kenya,
WYI supports 27 orphans in Kenya
and it's always a pleasure to update sponsors and supporters on the children's
progress. Since joining our program in 2009 they have moved out of the
orphanage and back into their extended families and communities. Some of these
families are quite large with Grandparents caring for all of their
Grandchildren, living in remote areas. Sponsorship provides the children with a
school uniform, school fees, health assessments, counselling, and fun holiday
tuition programs. Families receive HIV education, along with items such as
mosquito nets, solar lights to assist with homework, or food parcels if they
have poor crops.
Many of the children are transitioning into boarding school,
which will give them a better standard of education while they still spend
holidays with family. The age of children at school in Kenya is very different
to ours in Australia, as they aren't able to attend without wearing a uniform
(which is too expensive for some families who may live on just $2 a day), or
they may have illness that keeps them away from school for long periods of
time. For example, year 7 students may be up to 15 years old. This means they still
need support as young adults to complete their high school or tertiary studies.
Two of our older students recently celebrated their graduation; Collins
(22) Cert 1 in Motor Mechanics and Anne (23) Certificate in Early Childhood
Development. These achievement are a huge step towards their independence and
financial security! Other children who have also made significant progress in
2014, they include; Damarice (15) who aims "to be the best" in
her school in 2015, Lorine (12) and Enswed (13) who have both made "a
remarkable improvement" in Year 6.
Thank you to our generous sponsors for your ongoing support.
New sponsors are urgently needed in both Kenya and Nepal.
For more information on our Child Sponsorship Program, visit our website for more details.
nurses in action
Youth International's Nurses in Action volunteer program has played a
significant role in the success of the Odede Community Health Centre. The very
first group of volunteers for this program arrived in Odede the day before the
Health Centre opened, on March 2013. These volunteers were crucial in launching
the facility's first services available for the community.
To date, 8 NIA groups have visited
Odede, with a total of 69 volunteers working at the Odede Community Health
Centre and nearby facilities. The volunteers ran 12 medical camps in 2014,
which treated over 4,700 patients.
volunteer's qualifications and skills have ranged from nurses (a variety of
specialties), counselors, psychologists, occupational therapists,
physiotherapists, and much more.
program is open to all qualified Allied Health professionals, and volunteers
have the opportunity to work in practical roles directly treating patients.
They also have the opportunity to work with staff to build their capacity
through training and workshops, as well as conducting community health
education workshops within the community and at local schools, on topics such
as hygiene, menstruation, maternal health, and more.
importantly, our NIA's make a real contribution to the Health Centre and local
community by improving its services, encouraging community members to visit the
Health Centre when sick, and conducting education that is crucial to preventing
Youth International is excited to announce that applications are now open for
our Nurses in Action (NIA) in Nepal
Our Nurses in Action Program has been designed to
embrace both your nursing skills along with the beauty of Nepal. You will
see many different parts of Nepal
while making an invaluable contribution along the way. This will be the journey
of your lifetime!
This will be an eye opening experience that will
leave a lasting impression as very few travelers have the opportunity to
experience life as a local.
Our NIA program is open to all health professionals who are passionate about utilising
their skills in a developing country. By undertaking a range of clinical and
community-based placements, this program enables you to make a difference to
people who struggle to access primary health care.
For all the details, please visit our website
We hope to see you in Nepal!
WYI's personal empowerment program (PEP) 2014
Saturday morning October 11th 2014, 37 incredible PEP participants and
an always amazing staff team were welcomed to country by Issy Campbell,
an Aboriginal elder of the Peramangk people, traditional owners of the
land on which the Woodhouse Activity Centre resides. Led
by skilled and inspirational facilitators, coaches, mentors and team
leaders, participants from all parts of Australia came together to share
their stories and experiences.
4 days in the beautiful Adelaide Hills they explored their values and
passions, challenged their boundaries, leapt over barriers and took
steps to 'be the change' they want to see in the world.
year, we welcomed participants from WYI's Overseas Action Programs,
WYI's Nurses in Action Programs, volunteers from Build the Bridge,
volunteers from Rotary Club Prospect, and participants who are brand new
to WYI. It was an incredible and empowering experience for all involved
and we can't WAIT to see what this group of powerful people get up to
PEP 2015 will be held in Adelaide
Saturday October 10th - Tuesday October 14th and invites for
applications will be sent out in June.
Get these dates in your diary now
and we look forward to seeing you at PEP soon!