Health and Water Foundation (HWF) run a programme called Integrated Development Approach through Training and Infrastructure to Improve Education, Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Manga Cluster Area in Lake Victoria Region, Kenya. The programme has many aspects, including a health phase.
The programme has made sure that access to health facilities, including the hospital, dispensaries and health centres is easier by grading 1km of public road. The programme has also got a health training section, where there is yearly training on the topic of HIV/AIDs given to opinion leaders, but also targeted audiences such as mothers, drivers and orphans. There has also been training of youth in informal settlements with regards to clean-up campaigns in areas with high rates of mosquito breeding. In relation to the large children’s educational aspect within the project, there are annual visits to all pupils within the schools supported by the programme, by both a nurse and doctor.
HWF has provided large amounts of medical equipment, such as maternity beds, mattresses, bedding and kits, and other medical equipment to the new maternity department. HWF have also distributed 3000 mosquito nets (targeted pregnant mothers and children under 5).
In relation to clean drinking water, HWF has created a borehole for both the hospital and market. There has since been a connection created from the borehole to a water kiosk, which is managed by disadvantaged members of the community. Protection and fencing of water springs has occurred. Water tanks and water harvesting facilities have been set up in all twelve schools supported by the programme, and on the job training of water harvesting has been provided. Finally there has been construction of toilets and washing facilities in all twelve schools, and the market area.