About the local hosting organizationEsiarambatsi Health Centre was established to cater for the medical needs of the local people in the community. It is a community based health center which cares for mothers, children’s and also people living with HIV/AIDS. The centre also offers pre and ante-natal cares to women. The Luhya speaking people are the inhabitants of the area and they occupy the vast Western Kenya. They are hospitable and welcoming. The health center is a community initiative that is currently run by the Ministry of health and has three nurses who work under a nursing officer in charge. The center offers curative, preventative and promotion services. Water is available from streams, rain water occasionally harvested and volunteers have the opportunity to learn to live in adversity and especially when Kenya grapples with the poverty challenge that is the single most obstacles to sustainable development. The main objective of the project is to provide health care to the community using locally available resources. Most community members are small scale farmers confronted with grave challenges including lack of access to medical facilities. INFORMATION ON HIV/AIDS SCOURGE According to the National Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) 2001 report, 65% of the people of Kenya live below the poverty line. The approximate statistics for poverty levels are as follows: 53% rural poor, 52% are overall national food poor, who are unable to afford a daily 2250 calories, 51% are rural food poor while 38% are urban food poor. In Emuhaya District, over 65% live below poverty line and are food poor. The problem of poverty is further compounded by rampant HIV/AIDS, poor health facilities and infrastructure, declining education and literacy levels, breakdown in social and cultural structures, insecurity, declining land productivity, poor administrative management among others. Malaria, acute respiratory tract infections, diarrhoea, skin diseases, intestinal worms, ear and eye infections and AIDS are the common diseases found among the people of Emuhaya District. In addition, cases of malnutrition have also been reported. Mechanisms of coping up with the management and control of the diseases and other health related problems are lacking. A well organized health system, will, therefore, need to be in place for the needs of the people. The HIV/AIDS scourge has affected the people of this new district just like it has for the rest of Kenya. Currently available figures indicate that 5.1% of the population of Emuhaya district is infected with HIV. This translates to 10, 074 as the number of people living with AIDS (PLWAS). Based on these figures, a number of service delivery points have been established in various health facilities in the district. It is worth noting that by June 2008, the total number of people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) stood as 2, 446 (24.3 % of those eligible). There is therefore a need to scale up ART activities to cover large numbers as is elsewhere in Kenya.
About the volunteer workThe volunteers will be assigned duties in the health facility by professional staff accredited by the Ministry of Health. Writing of monthly reports, quarterly and annual reports
Local accommodationHome stay and the volunteer is entitled to private room but will share other amenities and meals with the host family. It is convenient for the volunteer to carry sleeping bag, mat and personal effects. KVDA has a memorandum of understanding with the host project regarding the project costs with appropriate procedures, checks and balances.
About the project locationEmuhaya, Western Kenya
RequirementsKVDA requests for medical professional to join this project and will appreciate to receive your CV. What to carry: This is outlined in the detailed info sheet and includes, sleeping bag and mat, toiletries, torch, flashlight, sandals, mosquito net, national flag from your country, among others DONATION AND GIFTS: These are usually symbolic gestures to enhance the solidarity of volunteers and the hosting community. Kindly contact KVDA for details in case you are willing to support a worthy cause in the community either by offering a donation or long-term intervention on the project.
Extra info about the projectThe extra fee of 300 EUR is for the first month; each additional month it will be 200 EUR