The Village Trust Fund (TVT) held its 7th annual Medical Camp on 19th October 2013and it was a huge success. 1,853 patients were attended to and on the same day TVT delivered wheelchairs, tricycles and other apparatus to the persons with disabilities.
The measurements of the apparatus delivered on 19th October at the TVT offices in Meru, had been taken during the previous medical camp. Production of the apparatus for the People with Disability (PWDs), who were seen at the Charuru medical camp will be commenced as soon as funds are available and delivery dates will be communicated through the telephone numbers they provided.
TVT management wishes to convey sincere appreciation to all partners and supporters for the generous contribution by way of medical supplies and finances to support the logistics of this philanthropic event. As this is a yearly event your feedback is highly appreciated for continuous improvement of our service to the needy in our communities.
You could post your comments on TVT Facebook or through the comment option in the website.TVT is planning on the next medical camp which will be held on May 2014 and as usual we count on your support to make it a success. The actual dates and venue will be posted on this site in the very near future.
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About the 2013Charuru Free Medical Camp
The main objective of this particular camp, and indeed of all the medical camps organized by TVT, was to bring affordable healthcare and free health information to the community and identify the common healthy problems of the community in order to devise ways of addressing them, in partnership with District Medical Authorities.
Specifically, the medical camp sought to: Provide VCT services to the community which is quite remote and lacking in terms of access to adequate and affordable health services. The medical camp provided both preventive and curative treatment for common health conditions in the community. Charuru is a very cold area and therefore most health complications are those related to cold, with arthritis being the most common type of health complaint. Severe health cases requiring specialized treatment were referred to the relevant centers.
The medical camp created awareness and provided counseling on HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, breast cancer and other ailments. It also provided an opportunity to create awareness on the need for personal hygiene in prevention of serious disabling diseases such as arthritis, which are prevalent in the area due to the cold weather conditions. The free medical camp also aimed at encouraging use of available nutritious food products in the area; and discouraging drug/substance abuse among the community members.
Furthermore the medical camp provided opportunities to both medical and non medical personnel to give back to the community by way of volunteering their time, energy and expertise. Over 60 men and women set aside their personal engagements and spent the whole day serving the needy in various capacities and it is because of the input of everybody who came out to help that the medical camp was a success.
Patients and people with disabilities starting arriving at the venue at 7 am to ensure that they were the first in the queue and by 5 pm everybody had been attended to. TVT, through the support of various partners, acknowledged herein, oversaw the provision of various medical related services to over1,853patients. The success of the medical camp was attributed to the high quality services and medicines provided by the medical practitioners and the efficient organization provided by TVT staff, volunteers and all other partners.
Action in Focus and Family Care Mission, under the leadership of Martin McNally and Iris Richard, provided medicines enough to cover most of the patients. Mr. Martin Mworia, coordinated mobilization of donations from private pharmaceutical companies inMeru County, which made it possible to serve all those who attended.
APHIA Plus Kamili provided Reproductive health services, family planning and breast and cervical cancer screening services. This is the second time TVT has provided facilities for cancer in women during the medical camp. This being the monthof creating awareness on cancer illness, the timing of the medical could have been better.
The line of women who were keen to know their status as concerning cervical cancer was so long until it arouses the curiosity of men who wanted to know what was happening in the screening room and after they were explained they also requested that screening for prostate cancer should be provided in the next medical camp.
A unique introduction into this year’s medical camp is the two hour counseling session of both primary and secondary school girls of 13 years and above. Dr. Sarah Kilemi and Ms. Iris Richard conducted the counseling session for school girls before giving them sanitary pads. The session with the girls was very educative as each one of them got a chance to ask questions on reproductive health and how to take care of themselves to avoid getting either unwanted pregnancies or infected with HIV/AIDS.
Very lively discussions were held on how to report cases of sexual abuse and molestation especially by relatives and teachers. The girls wanted to have more time which was a clear indication of the need to slot in the programme a counseling session with young girls in all future medical camps. A total of 1,760 sanitary pads were distributed and each of the present 98 girls went home with a packet of sanitary pads each enough to last 8 months.
The services that were provided at the medical camp were as follows:
- Medical clinic for all age groups
- Taking measurements and counseling persons with disabilities by the Association of People with Disabilities in Kenya, led by Mr. Kariuki and his team from Embu
- Distribution of apparatus and fittings for thepeople withdisabilities whose measurements had been taken from previous camps
- VCT Services
- Skin diseases treatment
- Awareness creation on personal hygieneandnutrition
- Family planning
- Cancer screening
- Distribution of sanitary pads and provision of counseling services to school girls
Appreciation to Sponsors and Partners
With the increasing cost of living and especially healthcare, it is going to be even harder for the common people to afford effective medicine and food. Thus there is need for all stakeholders from the private, public and individuals to forge a strong alliance aimed at improving the social amenities in the country. Their intervention will complement the efforts of government and will indeed make a real difference in the lives of those from humble backgrounds.
The success of the Charuru medical camp would not have been realized without the support of all partners, local authorities and the Tigania East community at large.Some of the sponsors, supporters and partners are as follows:
- Action in Focus and Family Care Mission has been involved in the last five medical camps organized by TVT.Action in Focus is a committed partner who not only provides medicine but even food stuff. This time they also mobilized donation of the sanitary napkins.
- Association of People with Disabilities in Kenya (APDK) has been a partner of TVT in all the previous medical camps. They have continued to support with wheelchairs, tricycles,special shoes/boots, walking cane, clutches and other fittings for persons with disabilities. They provide advice on how to take care of the people with disabilities and continue to offer free consultations in even after the medical camp.APDK facilities further treatment of cases that are not addressed during the medical camp by referring to either Embu or Meru for more specialized treatment.
- APHIA PLUS who played a key role in cancer screening. They also provided family planning counseling to the women who turned out for the camp.
- Medical personnel of Muthara District Hospital, which is also the referral hospital in the constituency, played a key role by coordinating operations of the medical practitioners and also offered to follow up on cases that are identified at the medical camp.
- Charuru Primary School. The head teacher, Deputyhead teacher, students and all officials of Charuru Primary school supported in preparing consultations rooms, moving medical supplies, assisting the elderly to locate rooms for various services.
- Individualhealth professionals such as, General practitioners, Clinical officers, Lab technicians, Pharmacists, and Specialist doctors all turned up to provide free services to the community and theycontributed to thesuccess of themedical camp.
TVT has been organizing annual free medical camps in various locations within the county for the last 5 years and as such lessons are constantly being drawn from each one of them.For this particular medical camp, there was a great challenge in acquiring sufficient financial aid.
TVT relies on the support of individuals and corporate companies for support to cover food allowance for medical practitioners and support staff, to provide accommodations & Food, transportation for volunteers from Meru, Embu and Nairobi, purchase of Stationary and drugs and facilitate travel of the patients who are referred for further treatment.
TVT has continued to be concerned with the welfare of People With Disabilities (PWDs) and has assisted over 1000 to acquire different types of appliances and support. During the Charuru medical camp over 50 persons received their appliances ranging from tricycles to clutches and walking canes. Measurements were taken for over 100 PWDs.However, it is becoming increasingly difficult to get donors willing to pay for full costs of appliances for PWDs.
All are putting the condition that there be client contribution of between 30-50%. However, given the poverty level of the people who come for free medical camps, it is very clear that they would not be able to raise 30% of the cost of the appliances. Thus TVT will continue to count on support of partners and supporters to raise funds required for the production and fabrication of the appliances measured during the Charuru medical camp.
To know how to support acquisition of appliances and mobility aids for the PWDs of Charuru medical camp, please contact TVT. Your support will enable PWDs to acquire special shoes and boots, elbow and auxiliary clutches, leg support braces, tricycles, wheelchairs, kafos and walking cane.
Special Note of Appreciation
The success of the medical camp is also attributed to the active involvement and participationof Dr. Sarah M. Kilemi, who despite her very busy schedule is always able to volunteer her time and resources. Dr. Kilemi believes that everything is possible with a bit of persistence and strong will.
Her constant follow up and advice to the committee ensured that the medical camps objectives were achieved. The director of Action in Focus Mr. Martin McNally has consistently provided medical supplies for patients and is always accompanied by a team of dedicated volunteers.
The role which the team of action in focus and Family Care Mission has continued to play has been crucial for the success of the medical camps.Mr. Martin Mworia of Meru County pharmaceuticals who donated quite a substantial amount of drugs and the work he personally did in volunteering his services at the medical camp.
The MOH of Muthara Hospital, Dr. Mwale for organizing the clinical officers and nurses that attended to the patients.Ms. Zipporah Mureithi together with the staff of Aphia Plus Kamili played a key role in providing reproductive health services and cancer screening in the Medical camp. TVT hopes to partner with Aphia Plus Kamili in the next year’s medical camp scheduled to take place in May, 2014.
The medical camp could not have been successful without the superb dedication and commitment of TVT CEO and Finance officer and TVT volunteers who worked around the clock to ensure to ensure that all arrangements were in place. Special thanks to the medical personnel as well as the patients who attended the medical camp.
A big thanks everybody who played a role (big, small or medium) because without you, the free medical camp would not have succeeded.TVT looks forwards to great future partnerships in our fight against, hunger diseases and ignorance in order to better our communities.
A Joyful Day for the People with Disabilities
19th October 2013 was indeed a very special day for TVT and the people it serves, especially those with disability. Not only did TVT organize a very successful 7th annual free medical camp in Tigania East, but it was a day when over 50 persons with disability were issued with their appliances. TVT had double successful events.
Association of the people with disabilities of Kenya (APDK) has been partnering with TVT for more than 5 years in addressing the needs of people with disability. At every medical camp, APDK brings over 7 specialists who examine and advice people with disability on what they need. They take measurements of the appliances they need and ensure that they are produced to fit in accordance with the individual specifications.
This year was particularly difficult in terms of financing the appliances of over 50 persons with disability but thankfully, Mr. Peter Kariuki of APDK Embu managed to secure funding after a long time. Those who had their measurements taken had waited for close to a year and had almost given up and this is why when TVT contacted each one of them to come and fit their appliances, they were indeed happy.
TVT officials were overwhelmed as they had to cater for two events in different locations but the happiness of the beneficiaries of the appliances gave them every reason to work even harder. Beneficiaries came from the entire county and started congregating at the TVT offices as early as 9 am. They were brought on bikes, bodabodas, matatus and on backs of their relatives. On arrival they got a warm welcome from TVT officials.
APDK officials were all ready to assist with fitting of their appliances. They also showed them how to take care of them. They got special shoes, walking canes wheelchairs, tricycles, clutches and many other types of appliances which has been measured during the previous medical camp.
While some officials of APDK were fitting the appliances others were at the medical camp attending to the needs of many more people with disabilities who turned up in large numbers at the Charuru medical camp. The medical camps do not provide opportunities for appliances only but they also enable APDK officials create awareness on how to take care of the people with disabilities and encourage those with relatives with any form of disability to seek assistance instead of hiding them in the villages.
Since TVT started educating rural people on how to care for people with disabilities and providing them with appliances to make them self reliant, awareness has increased and many cases of people with disabilities who were being locked in houses are now being brought to out the attention of the specialist. On this particular day TVT compound was awash with happy beneficiaries of all sorts of appliances. Some were even receiving multiple appliances.
A lady who got a wheelchair, boots and calipers could not hide her joy and all she could say amid tears was to wish The Village Trust long life to be able to touch the lives of many more people with disability. She said that she was not only physically empowered but also socially and economically because she will now be able to attend to her daily duties with less stress and without being a bother to other people.
Measurements have been taken for many more persons with disability. However production of these appliances will not commence until TVT is able to raise money for production. If you would like to support TVT project of empowering people with disability, use the link below.