Amref Health Africa in Kenya has received Ksh 4. I encourage all Kenyans to utilise health services to improve their health outcomes and quality of life. Through the TB and Malaria grants, we will reach close to 1 million people with TB and Malaria related information, testing and treatment services. Mr Linden Morisson, head of the High Impact Africa Department at the Global Fund, said the funding will allow Kenya to maintain progress so far achieved, further scale-up support to the three diseases and considerably invest in its health system. He added that the grant impact in changing the lives of Kenyans, by contributing to their health and hence to economic development. Through this grant Amref will support key national interventions including finding missing TB cases through engagement of private providers, targeted outreaches using mobile x-ray and GeneXpert, contact screening, tracing of patients who interrupt TB treatment, sputum sample networking, social support for patients with drug resistant TB among others.
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Malaria remains a public health problem in Kenya with about 70 percent of the population at risk of the life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Kenya ranks fifth in a list of countries that are estimated to account for 90 per cent of malaria cases in the African region with some regions being more prone to malaria largely driven by altitude, rainfall patterns and temperature.
By working within community structures with the support of community health volunteers, the costs of accessing malaria diagnosis and treatment services has largely reduced in the malaria lake endemic Counties. This has been realised by having community health volunteers CHVs offer malaria tests, treat uncomplicated cases and refer the complicated cases and pregnant mothers with malaria positive results to nearby health facilities for further management. The approach known as community case management of malaria CCMM has contributed to offloading the burden of treating uncomplicated cases from the health facilities through early detection and treatment by the CHVs right in the community.
For the critical role they continue to play, Amref Health Africa continues to advocate for the integration of CHWs into the health workforce, and that they are compensated for their efforts in complementing the work of health professionals, as well as receive continued support and supervision by mid-level health workers in health facilities.
Amref further calls upon county governments to invest in refresher training for CHWs every three years so they can continue to provide services to those in need. It has also been shown that school-based programs can play an important role in promoting behaviour change especially in health. Without interfering with their academics, children are potential agents of change within their families and the community. By sharing information from school with the family, questioning existing practices at home, and influencing the behaviour of siblings in their care, children can change their own behaviour and that of others.
In support of Ministry of Health efforts to end Malaria, Amref Health Africa through the Global Fund Malaria project supported an intervention to promote net use at household level through school pupils. Implemented in eight lake endemic counties Bungoma, Kakamega, Vihiga, Busia, Homabay, Siaya, Migori and Kisumu , the intervention brought to the fore the low risk perception built on the belief that one can only get Malaria during the rainy and dry seasons, and that only pregnant women and children under the age of five years are at risk of malaria.
Using school pupils as change agents has ensured that malaria prevention and control messages are passed across households, promoting dialogue with household members around net use while incorporating messages on proper hygiene. Facebook Twitter Youtube Linkedin Instagram. Global Fund Malaria Grant. Follow on Twitter My Tweets. Receive the latest updates. Subscribe to our Newsletter.
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Kenya has been a pacesetter in health innovations and has had great success in putting people on HIV treatment, hitting the 1 million mark in , up from 98, in Community-based programming, bilateral and multi-sector partnerships and an active civil society movement has helped bolster the response to HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. Despite the progress, Kenya still faces challenges in the response to HIV, TB and malaria, and in building resilient and sustainable systems for health. With 1. At about 78,, the number of new HIV infections per year remains high. Drug-resistant TB remains a big challenge in the country.
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Amref Health Africa was founded in as a mobile air-based service. Land-based services and mobile clinics were added in the early s. Training for local health care providers was gradually added. This included the development of health learning materials and a focus on community-based health care. During the s, Amref Health Africa moved into community health development, closer collaboration with the ministries of health in the region, and cooperation with international aid agencies.
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