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The Mama Ann's Odede

Community Health Centre

WHY A HOSPITAL?

There are some nearby dispensaries which offer basic medications and treatment, but until recently the nearest hospitals have been around two hours drive away. Local people are often unable to afford the transport costs to these facilities, and are unable to walk for several hours to reach assistance in an emergency.

As a result of this isolation, many pregnant women were simply giving birth in their own homes without the assistance of a skilled birth attendant. This was often the cause of easily avoidable and sometimes fatal complications such as haemorrhage, fistulas and other infections.

To improve the health of families and give infants and mothers a better chance of survival, it became clear to the community that the existing gaps in the health services needed to be filled, and access to quality healthcare needed to be improved. After two years of careful planning and community consultation with World Youth International, The Mama Ann's Odede Community Health Centre was opened in March 2013.

HOSPITAL SERVICES

In addressing the region's most critical health and development needs, the hospital provides a range of services including:

  • Maternal health services to expectant and nursing mothers
  • Immunisations and services for prevention and treatment of child-related illnesses
  • Reproductive health services
  • HIV/AIDS-related care and counselling services
  • Laboratory testing and Pharmacy
  • Public health campaigns (hygiene and sanitation) and community outreach (home visits)

Since its opening, the hospital has been saving lives and safely welcoming many others into the world, including a beautiful set of twins. A pregnant mothers group has formed, and a team of local volunteer community health workers are providing critical support and advice to those who the most vulnerable. Hospital staff are currently treating around 40 patients per day, and demand for services is increasing every week.

EMPLOYING LOCAL PEOPLE

The Hospital is staffed entirely by local Kenyan Health professionals. It is comprised of a Board of Directors, Hospital Administrator, and a team consisting of two nurses, one nurse aid, one clinical officer (doctor), and other administrative and support staff. The hospital provides these local people with critical employment, and a small army of community health volunteers are also supported by the hospital for their community outreach work.

AUSTRALIAN NURSES IN ACTION - BUILDING LOCAL CAPACITY

WYI is excited to now offer Australian health professionals a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with local Kenyan health staff and volunteers as part of our new specialist volunteer program. Designed by nurses, for nurses, the Nurses in Action program runs for four weeks and leaves Australia eight times a year. Led by a professionally trained team leader, participants have an opportunity to immerse themselves in a local Kenyan village setting while lending their skills to build the capacity of local Kenyan health staff and volunteers.

To find out how you can get involved in this incredible new program, click here

SUSTAINING THE FUTURE

The growth and long-term success of the hospital depends on its sustainability.

WYI is currently working with the hospital's management team to scale up in-country fundraising efforts, and the organisation is supporting an Australian Young Ambassador for Development (AYAD) placement to Odede in 2014.

There is a strong focus on investing in local income generating activities which will help the hospital move towards self sustainability. Currently there are maize farms and a chicken project underway, and the local health insurance scheme is providing important subsidies for patient visits. However, the reality is that these short-term contributions are minor when considering the total annual budget.

As a small Australian NGO that relies on the generosity of our supporters, WYI desperately needs your help!

HOW YOU CAN HELP

1. Donate

You could make a one off donation, or alternatively set up regular contributions. All donations are fully tax deductible and your money goes directly to the hospital.

  • $10 will buy seeds for the millet farm
  • $20 will provide life saving medications and consumables
  • $50 will help purchase life saving birthing and delivery kits
  • $100 will help train a skilled birth attendant
  • $500 will stock the pharmacy full of drugs for three months
  • $5000 will purchase a new water tank
  • $15,000 will provide a complete installation of solar power for the hospital!

2. Lend your skills and expertise

Skilled health professionals including nurses and midwives can take part in our specialised volunteer Nurses in Action program, or we can tailor programs tailored to suit individual/group timeframes and expertise.

For more information on how you can support the Odede Hospital, including sponsorship options and benefits, please call us on 08 83401266 or email: admin@worldyouth.org.au

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* As a charity we also talk about fundraising as well as program costs. In addition to your $2295 program fee, you will be required to raise $2,200 to support the community development work of your program and WYI's global projects, to ensure we can create lasting positive change.

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