[Featured Post] – An update from Dr. Sullivan (LSU/SHIP)

In our Featured post series, today we feature an update from LSU/SHIP by Dr. Sullivan

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Kenya update 2/25/16

Greetings from the LSU/SHIP team in Kenya!

Today is our last day at the ICODEI compound at Kabula, Bungoma County, Western Kenya. We went “not far” down the road to Bulimbo, a revisit to the unfinished clinic building in the Malandisia neighborhood. The building was unchanged, in spite of the local promises of a completed building.

Organization was a bit lacking with Mama Joyce in Nairobi, and only a few patients showed up for our clinic. Some members of the team took the opportunity to organize the pharmacy. We ended up with 20 patients seen, and came home early to pack.

The rest of the afternoon has been spent relaxing in the shade, playing ping-pong, and watching the weaver birds begin nest-building in one of the large trees in the compound.

Time to go home. A bit bittersweet, as I look forward to being with friends and family at home, but I will miss our friends and family here in Kenya. I will miss awakening to the rooster crowing and the sound of the community water pump outside my window. I will miss the amazing breakfast of fresh mangoes, bananas and papayas. I will miss the camaraderie of the team of US volunteers and Kenyan healthcare workers and translators who have bonded into a cohesive unit (if not a well-oiled machine). I will miss chai time in the evenings, and the lively discussions at dinner.

The LSU/SHIP team came to Kenya to provide needed healthcare to a grossly underserved people, and we have done that within our limitations. We also came to learn, and the Kenyan people have taught us not only about tropical medicine in a third world country, but about tenacity and perserverence in the face of adversity and a hostile environment as well.

For me, this adventure was also about sharing the love of Jesus Christ in Kenya. I pray that I have done that to the best of my ability. The Gospel is shared widely in Kenya by Kenyans as well as missionaries; I see my job as demonstrating the love of my fellow man that Jesus taught. And I give all the glory to my Heavenly Father, lest I do anything for the praise of others.

Please pray for our team as we began the journey home tomorrow (it is a bit far!). We will drive to Kisumu, then begin our flight, with stops in Nairobi, Amsterdam, and Atlanta, and arrive in Shreveport (Monroe for Dr. Don) Saturday night.

Asante sana for all your prayers and support!

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Mobile Clinic Update [Feb – March, 2016]

The year 2016, has already began in full gear for Volunteer Kenya/ICODEI activities – with the arrival of SHIP team from LSU (Louisiana State University). In the last few days, the team has embarked on a vigorous Mobile clinic campaign in the rural parts of Western Kenya.  The team will be around for the months of  February and March .  Volunteer Kenya’s Mobile clinic program impacts many lives  especially the larger population residing in the interior parts of Kenya where medical care is almost inaccessible  and at times – expensive. Working hand in hand, the local staff and volunteers  try to reach these places and spend a whole day attending to the patients.

The truck The Green fleetTypical  Day on Mobile Clinic
Volunteers report to the Bill Selke medical clinic around 8:30 AM. Mobile clinic staff will usually be there already.

The clinicThe nurse and pharmacist pack the medications and supplies in the trucks/vehicle. At some point in the morning the mobile clinic crew will depart for the mobile clinic venue.

Ready_to_departLoading drugsTransit time is anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Upon arrival at the mobile clinic site, it usually takes an hour to set up the mobile clinic. The pharmacist unpacks the medication and supplies, while other staff, locals, and volunteers set up tables and chairs for the different stations. Patient care begins when patients show up. This can be anywhere between 10:00am and 2:00pm. Patients will continue to arrive at the mobile clinic throughout the course of the day. After all the patients have been treated, the pharmacist and other staff will pack up the drugs and supplies and prepare to return home. The numbers of patients evaluated at the mobile clinics vary greatly depending on the location and the day. Upwards of 250 people have been evaluated and treated or referred on some clinics. Typically there will be between 30-100 patients per clinic. Arrival time back on the farm can vary as well, and can be as early as 2:00 PM or as late as 10:00 PM, though usually you return by 6-7pm. Potential volunteers for the healthcare program must be very patient individuals. Our clinics are not run with the efficiency and organization of a typical hospital in the developed world. It is critically important that volunteers are flexible and understanding.

To learn more about the program please visit: http://volunteerkenya.org/index.php/programs/healthcare  and our social media handles: Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/Icodei Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/volunteer_kenya

Interested in volunteering with us? Let us know! E-mail Volunteer coordinator at: volunteercoordinator@volunteerkenya.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mobile Clinic 2015 Update: May – July

Volunteer Kenya – HealthCare (Update 2015)

In the months of  May, June and July, Volunteer Kenya/ICODEI’s Mobile clinic program continued on – where a total of 600+ patients were seen within the 3 months.  With participation of Anna (from the U.S), Anastasia from Russia and Stefano ( a Medical student from the UK ) joined the local Kenya staff. Volunteer Kenya appreciates their time and efforts in joining the local medical staff towards the fight against diseases. This program strives to reach out to the very remote places where medical access is limited and at times – expensive.

The medical team dealt with various cases including Malaria treatment (with the onset of rainy season, Malaria cases are high during this time of the year), Hypertension,  URTIs, Diabetic ulcers, Road accident injuries, Intestinal worms and many more.

A couple of pictures from the site (Photo Credit: Stefano and Anastasia)

 

To learn more about the Healthcare program or Volunteer Kenya Programs and how one can get involved, please take a look at our websiteHealthCare ( in the Program’s section).

To keep in the loop of all VK activities, find us on social media channels at: ICODEI FB page , Volunteer Kenya Twitter page

 

 

Running Dry

Volunteer Kenya continues to reach out to those in remote villages in rural western with our mobile clinics. Currently our pharmacy

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is almost dry. We only have enough for two days of mobile clinics.
We appreciate all of you who have continuously supported our efforts. Bless you all.

Clinic Day

Yesterday 26th May 2015, we had a wonderful and successful mobile clinic at Kolonget in North Rift valley area. Our local team together with Anastasia from Russia attended to 72 patients. Bless you all and thank you so much for your continued support.

Volunteer Kenya – ICODEI: Open Letter (Appreciation) – [2015 Update]

Volunteer Kenya continues to thank all who have continuously steered the organization’s vision either directly or indirectly in various capacities. It is our sincere appreciation to all of you who have enabled the organization reach where it is today.

We thank you all who have continued to support us through donations of drugs, medical equipment and finances. We have been able to continue on our mobile Clinics with our local volunteers in reaching out to the interior parts of western Kenya where medical services are almost unreachable and in most cases – expensive.

With the onset of the rain season there is an upsurge of malaria cases and water borne diseases. Therefore, it’s urgent for the organization to be equipped with enough medical supplies. More crucially, the organization is in need of urgent support in Malaria drugs, fever/pain relievers and antibiotics supply. The equivalent of $1 is sufficient for one dose of malaria treatment for an adult.

In regard to the recent security challenges, we would like to inform everyone that security concerns is an aspect our organization take seriously and we remain at your disposal to inform and update the incoming and already on site volunteers on all the happenings so as necessary steps can be taken.

Even though our country has faced some security challenges of late, our site of operations that has served as a ‘second home’ away from home to our past volunteers (over 1000), and especially the western region of Kenya has never experienced any of the security issues highlighted. All the security issues have taken place either in the coastal region of Kenya or some reported neighborhoods of Nairobi city.

The government is making major progress in the fight against terror that has caused interruption of volunteer travels to Kenya. We are at disposal to advice incoming volunteers as they plan for their travels to Kenya.

-Volunteer Kenya Team

Appreciation!

Despite the security challenges caused by the terror threats which have interrupted volunteer travels to Kenya ; We thank you all who have continued to support us through donations of drugs, medical equipment and finances. We have been able to continue our mobile Clinics with our local volunteers.
With the onset of the rain season there is an upsurge of malaria cases and other water borne diseases. We need urgent support in Malaria drugs, fever relievers and antibiotics. The equivalent of $1 is sufficient for one dose of malaria treatment for an adult.Thank you for your continued support and prayers.

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