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Malteser International

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Feb 18, 2013

Malteser International continue to do wonderful work in Kenya through many different programmes and in many difference areas.

Illeret, North Horr by Lake Turkana –Having started in September 2012, it is planned to continue this multi-sectoral programme for 3-5 years. Kick-off activity last year was rainwater harvesting on a household level. This involved the community by each household giving one goat in exchange for a water harvesting set, which included a storage tank, a big tarpaulin for rainwater collection, ropes, hooks and a water tap. So far 100 households have received a set. As an added incentive a small competition was run to see which household could collect the most water with the first three prizes being half of the goats collected. The remaining animals were given to special needs and elderly people of the community and to conduct a large barbecue within the town. A Dutch couple, Rik and Dinnie, has recently arrived to oversee the programme. Rik is the Illeret Programme Coordinator and Dinnie is the Senior Community Support Officer.

Currently the programme is conducting shallow well drilling tests close to the seasonal rivers in order to tackle the constant lack of clean and safe drinking water, even outside of the rainy season.

For 2013, further activities planned include: further rainwater harvesting, expansion of shallow well drillings in the area, donkey carts for transportation, classroom building extension, setting up kitchen gardens in the school and households, and construction of household latrines. All activities involve the community actively and deal with their greatest needs first with most activities starting in March 2013.

Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission / Tuberculosis / HIV – This programme completed its first year in September 2012. A further USD 200,000 has been provided by the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for one more year. The idea is to support, increase availability of services, and link private and faith based health clinics and facilities in the Langata and Embakasi districts of Nairobi to the governmental structures and to the community. Half of the facilities will offer comprehensive TB/HIV care and treatment in the course of 2013. Activities include capacity building such as training for the facility staff, setting up support groups for treated mothers, and raising awareness in the community through Community Health Workers.

TB Community Project – Through money raised by the Pope’s visit to Germany in 2011 for the Benedict East Africa Fund, Malteser International is using €340,000 for a 2-year TB community project in Kajiado and Loitokitok (South of Nairobi towards the Tanzanian border). This very vast and remote area is populated mainly by the Maasai community and is still adhering to (semi-) nomadic traditions. The population is in great need of a raised case detection and knowledge about tuberculosis. Additionally, the supported health facilities have to be strongly and closely linked to the community. Activities include strengthening two local community based organizations, providing support group meetings for patients, raising awareness in the community through Community Health Workers and school health education, and training facility staff.  

Pre and Post Election Violence – Funding amounting to €270,000 from the German Foreign Ministry will be used for a disaster preparedness project concerning the upcoming elections in Kenya on March 4th 2013. Although hopes are high that the situation will remain calm, Malteser International is preparing 29 Health Facilities (governmental, private, and faith based) and 2 hospitals for a possible violence outbreak and therefore increased patient numbers. Slums covered are within Langata, Embakasi, Kasarani, and Starehe districts. Activities include disaster preparedness trainings for district and facility staff, Community Health Ws, and community leaders, setting up emergency response networks, providing drugs, consumables, fire kits, patient kits, and sexual violence kits.