Day 3 The Mama Ann’s Odede Community Health Centre
We spent two days in the village of Odede, home to Mama Ann’s Community Health Centre sponsored by World Youth International. The Centre aims to provide the village and surrounding areas with much-needed quality health care, serving an estimated population of 20,000 people, the 3rd biggest tribe in Kenya.
The Odede Community Health Centre treats up to 200 patients a day. In addition to basic treatment and consultations, the Health Centre offers laboratory testing for malaria, typhoid and pregnancy. It also has a pharmacy which provides vaccinations to babies and children and there is a strong emphasis on community outreach and education. The centre has reduced the number of cases of Malaria but distributing mosquito nets to the community. Expectant mothers can also deliver their babies there instead of home, which is fantastic as a lot of mothers die during childbirth due to the lack of sanitation and medical equipment.
Odede is one of the most impoverished districts in Kenya and suffers from some of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the country. HIV tests are mandatory at the Centre and they conduct the tests there and then, offering the results within 15 minutes. If positive, the patient receives counselling and medication. If expectant mothers are tested positive for HIV and this is identified early enough it is possible for the baby to be HIV negative when born.
We were all very impressed by the professional set up of the health centre and their dedicated staff members. Thanks to the work undertaken by World Youth International and B1G1, mothers and fathers of Odede can now put more food on their tables, keep their children healthy and ensure that they have the best possible start in life including a proper education.
In the afternoon we visited a microfinance project of 19 women (you can find out more about business schools for women in my Day 1 Blog). They leased some land to produce vegetables. While we were there they were in the process of building a green-house. That evening we spent a wonderful evening in some of the villager’s homes who cooked us a lovely dinner, using the produce they grow.