Preventive Healthcare and Training In Kenya and Zambia

A major component of Project Humanity’s mission to advance women’s empowerment in Africa is to promote preventive healthcare and provide training.  We currently have two major initiatives underway and would welcome your support through volunteerism or donations.

Helping Babies Breathe (HBB)

Project Humanity provides Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) and Essential Care for Every Newborn training in the Homa Bay region of southwest Kenya.   HBB has proven to be an effective neonatal resuscitation program designed to train health care providers in areas where resources are limited[1]. HBB is an initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Saving Newborn Lives, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, and a number of other global health organizations.

Since 2014, Project Humanity has provided HBB training to 53 nurses and midwives at Tom Mboya Hospital and Kswanga clinic on Rusinga, and the Sena clinic on Mfangano Island. All three of these facilities are all located in Homa Bay county.  There is a critical need for HBB training in this part of Kenya because Homa Bay has the sixth highest fetal death rate in Kenya.  In 2018, through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Health, PH-sponsored HBB training is being expanded to include Kendu Bay.  The goal of the MOU is to successfully train 100 nurses and nurse midwives at 42 clinics by 2020.  PH volunteers are also making regular follow-up visits to clinics to check the status of HBB-related equipment and to reinforce training of the skills necessary to remain proficient in the delivery of HBB.

Seeking to Halt the Spread of HIV/AIDS in Kenya and Zambia

According to the World Health Organization, 43% of births in Kenya are delivered in a health facility, while 57% of births take place at home. Despite the Kenyan’s government efforts to promote the importance of prenatal care and to provide universal access to antiretroviral drugs for women who are HIV-positive, mother-to-child transmission of HIV remains a major problem with an estimated 45,000 children becoming infected every year according to an African Council of AIDS Service Organizations (AFRICAS) study. In Homa Bay county, where Project Humanity works, the HIV rate is in excess of 26%, which makes the problem of mother-to-child transmission even more acute[2].

In the Livingstone region of Zambia where PH also works, the HIV rate is currently 23.5%, and according to the World Health Organization, women and girls are twice more likely to be infected than their male counterparts[3].

Project Humanity is currently evaluating partners and seeking volunteers to assist us to work with local community leaders to develop and administer HIV-prevention programs in Kenya and Zambia. 

Annual Volunteer Medical Clinic

Every March since 2013, Project Humanity has recruited medical and dental volunteers to travel to Homa Bay county in southwest Kenya to back-fill local doctors and nurses in rural clinics.  Since the program began we’ve helped to deliver countless numbers of babies and helped hundreds of women and children to get medical attention.  During the most recent March 2018 trip, 125 kids had their teeth cleaned, some for the first time.

Promoting Prenatal Care Through the Purple Slip Campaign

Between 2013-2018, Project Humanity funded and managed the Purple Slip Campaign (PSC) which was intended to promote prenatal care on Rusinga Island. The premise of the campaign was pretty simple: expectant mothers are encouraged to visit their local hospital or clinic, commit to making three subsequent visits during their pregnancy for regular check-ups and testing, and then deliver their baby in the facility. After the delivery of the baby they are given a Purple Slip pack containing a number of baby items. Over 600 women and their children benefited from the Purple Slip Campaign.  While successful and well received in the local community, the cost and logistics associated with importing goods for the Purple Slip Packs proved to be unsustainable and has been discontinued.

You can get involved in helping to promote healthy living by joining a trip, giving a gift, or helping to spread the word.

[1] https://www.aap.org/en-us/Documents/hbs_article_Resuscitation2011.pdf
[2] https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/05/22/why-hiv-rate-in-homa-bay-is-four-times-that-of-kenya_c1759172
[3] https://www.lusakatimes.com/2017/02/03/southern-province-increased-cases-new-hivaids-infections-simuchoba/