Chamberlain University is offering a global health nursing experience in Kenya. This program involves developing a long-term relationship with Family Hope Charity—a non-governmental organization (NGO) with US 501(c)(3) status—in Kenya to provide educational experiences that focus on global healthcare and cultural immersion. http://www.familyhopecharity.org/about-us
Chamberlain’s Global Health Education Program (GHEP) trips are humanitarian immersion experiences. We will be working in a developing country in often challenging conditions. The Kenya experience offers a team approach providing health promotion and disease prevention activities in collaboration with Kenyan medical personnel. We will have long but rewarding clinical days in a very impoverished community.
About the Community we will be caring for:
LIVING CONDITIONS* With over half the population living on less than $1 per day, poverty and hunger are major problems in Kenya. Living conditions are made worse by the absence of electricity, clean water, proper sewage and sanitation. All these problems are amplified in the slums of Kenya which have cropped up around Nairobi. Korogocho, one of the largest slums in Kenya, is home to almost 150,000 to 200,000 people pressed into 1.5 square kilometers.
HEALTH AND LIFE EXPECTANCY* Life expectancy is around 62 .8 years for males and 65 .8 years for females. There are 6 .1 infant mortality deaths per 1000 live births in the US compared to 34 .9 deaths per 1000 live births in Kenya. There are 3–5 births per woman on average. Maternal mortality is high, partly because of female genital mutilation. Despite major achievements in the health sector, there is still a lot of work to be done. Too many women and children still die at birth or within the first year of life. More die before their 5th birthday. Malaria, HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, diarrhea and malnutrition are the major child killers and responsible for much morbidity. In 2016, it is estimated that 1 .6 million people in Kenya are living with HIV/AIDS, ranking Kenya 5 out of 119 countries.
What will we be doing there??
CLINICS ARE GENERALLY ORGANIZED AS FOLLOWS:
Intake or Triage – Area outside of the building itself where lines are organized, numbers distributed, and simple charts started on all patients. Health prevention teaching may occur in these lineups.
Treatment Area – This is where we see the patients, do health assessments and then confer with MDs or NPs on appropriate treatment. Patients may receive simple wound care, minor surgical procedures or invasive physical exams here.
Home Visits – In addition to the clinic, we will also have home visits throughout the day. Pharmacy – The final area our patients visit where they are supplied with medications and appropriate discharge teaching.
**Clinics may be held in a variety of locations. Some areas have simple clinics already set up that we can take over; others may have a school or church we will take over; some may only have a hut, tent or tree in the center of the area for our clinics.**
What will your donations go towards???
COST/FEE FOR THE TRIP INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
• Air transportation from any US city serviced by American Airlines, Delta, KLM, United to Nairobi, Kenya, and return, including air taxes
• All ground transportation in Kenya associated with team events
• Most meals
• Travel insurance
• Translator services
• Cultural experience
• Water (bottled water for bathing and drinking)
WHAT MEDICINES AND SUPPLIES ARE NEEDED FOR THE TRIP?
- Vitamins (Adult/children)
- Oral antibiotics (pediatric Augmentin and azithromycin)
- Ear/Eye Antibiotics
- Skin Ointments/Creams (Antifungals, anti-itch with/without steroid/hydrocortisone)
- Gatorade/Pedialyte (POWDER ONLY)
- Dressings/Band-Aids (Kid friendly characters a BONUS)
- Hand Sanitizer
- Hibiclens/Chlorhexidine wipes
- Stethoscope/otoscope/Blood Pressure Cuffs
- Pepcid/ Tums
- Benadryl/Claritin/Zyrtec (Adult/Children)
- Vaginal Speculums, Vaginal creams
- Pan Relievers (Tylenol, Ibuprofen- Adult/Children)
- Ointments (Bacitracin, Triple Antibiotics, Polysporin)
- Head and Shoulders Shampoo/Conditioner
- Non-sterile gloves
- Reading Glasses (Dollar store has many of these!)
- Tongue Depressors
- Pregnancy tests
I want to personally thank everyone for their continued support in my educational journey. It means the world to me that I have so many amazing people in my corner, supporting me through the best (and hardest) career move of my life!
- Kameron Struble
- Jason Horack
- Alicia Hunneman
- Kalyn Foecke
- Mary Hinnegan
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