Integrated Development Approach through Training and Infrastructure to Improve Education, Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Manga Cluster Area in Lake Victoria Region, Kenya.

A young girl stands on a scale during a medical visit to her school

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.

Nutrition Programme

Stung Treng Women’s Development Centre (SWDC) runs a nutrition program for women in order to improve their knowledge of both health and nutrition for both themselves and their families. The programme also provides nutritious free lunches for all the workers within SWDC, this has shown an improvement in health, reduced illness and sick days, and improved safety within the workforce. It also reduces living costs for families, which is vital, as many of SWDCs workers are the poorest in the region.

All food provided through the nutrition programme us bought or grown locally in SWDCs fish farm and vegetable gardens, by cooks who have been trained on site. Up to 80 women have benefited from the programme each year.

Medical Clinic

Stung Treng Women’s Development Centre (SWDC) has a health care clinic which provides health assessments, diagnosis and treatment free of charge to everyone who is involved within SWDC (typically the poorest within the region, who may not be able to access healthcare regularly). The clinic also has a maternity care centre which offers both pre and post natal care, as well as care for newborns.

Women are also educated on health issues, these sessions are taught by the chief of the clinic, and a professional midwife. These sessions include primary health care, nutrition, hygiene, birth control, HIV/AIDs prevention, prevention and treatment of common problems (diarrhoea, malaria, dengue fever etc.) and the use of basic medicines. The regular education sessions enable women to care for their children in times of illness and also help to stop the spread of infection.

So far, the clinic as diagnosed and treated over 4,352 patients. Due to the free access to diagnosis and treatment, patient’s standard of living and health has improved.