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Dec 6, 2010

To get a better understanding of the contribution this group makes to the success of the TB programme in Nairobi, Alice Murphy recently spent time ‘shadowing’ a team whilst they carried out their work in the Mukuru slum of Nairobi. Her account of the day is below:

The day began at the Health Clinic at the Remand Prison where I meet with Purity and Bernice to gather drugs and information. After finding a reasonably secure place to leave the vehicle (next to the Chief’s office) we set off on foot to begin the house-to-house visits.

Out of a little side alley in the slum came one of the happiest, smiliest, larger than life characters! This is Diana – or as she is known by everyone, Princess Diana.  Princess has been a CHW for almost 8 years. She lives in the Mukuru slum with her grandchildren.

As this visit followed the recent rain the conditions underfoot were preetty revolting – slimey, muddy and very smelly. Our first house call was to the home William who lives with his wife and baby son, Joseph. William and his wife are both HIV+ and William also has TB. He is extremely ill and weak and has only recently returned home from hospital.

However, he is still too weak to leave the house and the CHWs visit every day to check on his progress and bring his medicine. As his health improves he will be encouraged to visit the Remand Prison Health Clinic to collect his drugs, allowing the CHWs time for other housebound patients. Both Purity and Princess were very patient and gentle with William.

They allowed him time to ask questions and ensured that he understood the importance of taking the medicines every day and lessened his anxiety by explaining everything slowly and clearly.

Our next visit was to the home of Joyce, a mother of five children. Joyce has had TB four times. She has been extremely ill and close to death on many occasions. However, she is now fully recovered and praises the work and support of the CHWs for this. She told me that she was visited at least twice every week and could not fault the care and attention that she received. As the CHWs live in her community, they were very accessible and she was not afraid to speak to them about her illness and any concerns.

The home visits continued until the early afternoon – in total we visited 6 homes. One of the highlights of the morning was when we bumped into 2 former patients  – there were yelps of delight from both sides.

These were two women who had been cared for by Malteser International CHWs when they were very sick and both of them are now CHWs themselves. They want to help other TB and HIV sufferers in the way they were helped.