In line with the WHO Millennium Development Goals to promote Gender Equality, Empower Women, Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases, Positive Life Kenya intends to open a Health and Preventative Care Center for the communities that they serve. PLK has clearly identified an unrelenting cycle of lack health literacy leading to reduced prevention leading to advanced pathology in the setting of poor access to healthcare. While we have made strides in addressing the gaps in education and prevention, we recognize opportunities for growth and expansion of current efforts and a dire need for access to health care.
The establishment of the Positive Life Kenya Health and Wellness Center will occur in phases, each one addresses a component of the three-fold problem outlined below:
Additionally, Medical Interns can continue to build on an already existent Health Education Curriculum that includes menstrual cycle, family planning, STIs, vaginal complaints, and prenatal care. They can expand this curriculum to include lesson plans targeted towards parents regarding hygiene, nutrition and common pediatric complaints. They can also develop a health education curriculum to be incorporated at Kiotani and Tumaini schools. This would include age-appropriate, medically accurate information on a broad set of topics related to sexuality including human development, hygiene, relationships, decision making, abstinence, contraception, and disease prevention.
Temporary Clinic with Nurse and Medical Intern
As the initial planning occurs for the PLK Health and Wellness Center, Kicheko residents and members of PLK urgently need accessible medical care and health education. To address this gap, BASIC-Wellness Kenya, an organization started by a former PLK volunteer, will begin fundraising for an additional office space in the same building as the current PLK office that will house a temporary clinic. The fundraiser will support the hiring of a nurse to come 3 times a week to provide basic medical services. In addition, to nursing, medical students are highly capable of providing basic care until the clinic can officially be established. With the use of telehealth communication with volunteer physicians in the US, medical students can provide basic first aid and serve as a triage point for the community. A medical intern position has been endorsed by the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at the Thomas Jefferson University Office of International Affairs and is currently advertised on their website. More medical schools are currently being recruited.
For more information about this project, contact:
Dr. Megan Lundy, Project Director
Phone: +1 (267) 968 -0507 (United States) - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org