Community initiatives: health
Even with advances in technology and medicine, there is an enormous gap between medical care provided in rural versus urban environments, and an even larger gap between the rural agricultural communities and the nomadic pastoralist populations that exists in Northern Kenya. Often the most basic requirements are not met, traditional practices, biases, and “geographical inaccessibility” have left the communities in Illeret without any form of viable healthcare. This adds to the daily struggle for life, caused by difficult climatic conditions, illiteracy and poverty.
Other than a small Sub-Health Centre in Ileret Town, the nearest hospitals and larger health centres are many kilometres away. This contributes to a high death and infant mortality rates attributed to: poor access to quality health care, safe drinking water, poor nutrition, and education on health promotion behaviours. The highest causes of morbidity in the area are: malaria, respiratory diseases, diarrhoea, pneumonia, and skin diseases. Other factors such as the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and use of traditional brews have also been a major concern to public health in Illeret location. For more information, access the Ileret Needs Assessment Report here.
TBI Mobile Outreach Program
Working with the Ministry of Health and other partners, a nurse and Community Health Worker visit remote communities to provide basic curatives services, immunizations, prenatal care, and health education in Northern Illeret Location, with a focus on pregnant women and children under five.
TBI has facilitated for medical camps to encourage specialists to visit the communities and provide needed care including (but not limited to) basic medical care, dental services, and munory surgery.
Ileret Medical clinic- history, AMREF, public health initiative with SBU
The Ileret clinic was initially set up by Dr. Ane Sperry of Amref and over the years has been the lifeline to the Daasanach community. It was renovated and staffed again five years ago and now falls under the Ministry of Health with some support from AMREF, who fly in to collect medical emergencies. Through Stony Brook University it is hoped that additional support for the clinic can be raised through visitations by university students, doctors and dentists in collaboration with Ministry of Health and other medical institutions. TBI acts as a facilitator between these organisations and supports these specialists with accommodation and communication when necessary. It is hoped that this way the basic heath care in the Illeret region will be improved.
Clean water provision- Nachechickok
Clean drinking water from the TBI field station at Nachechickok is pumped out to a water tank daily for the community to draw safe clean water. Some 10,000 lts per week are run to the tank which the local families now depend on. Previously water was drawn from the Turkwel laga but it is regularly flooded and silty.