Note: This remembrance was posted several years after Mr. D’Angelo’s death. The prolific television producer, director and writer William P. D’Angelo (Billy), who was one of WiRED International’s first board members, died on June 8, 2002, at the age of 70, from pancreatic cancer. D’Angelo, born in 1932 and raised in New York, graduated from […]
This story of three young men impacted by the Community Health Information Center was related to Pauline Karani by Mary Makokha, Coordinator of the Rural Education and Economic Enhancement Program (REEP). The Butula Center is under the umbrella of REEP.
John, Paul, Triza, Joseph, Susan, Francis and Benard are orphans who spend their days in Kiambu, a massive slum on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. They lost their parents to the AIDS epidemic.
One day last year, Natasha read about Gary’s work in a Half Moon Bay Review article and also heard his colleague Bess Klumb speak at the local Rotary Club about the use of computers among orphans in the Balkans. She asked if he thought computers might contribute to AIDS prevention programs in Africa, especially among the youth orphaned by HIV/AIDS. He figured they could, so they talked about it, and that conversation started a chain of events that is leading now to a network of Community-based Health Information Centers in Africa.
Pauline Karani provides day-to-day management of the Kenyan Community Health Information Centers. She ensures quality control and the proper functioning of each Center by visiting the sites regularly. Her responsibilities include coordination of maintenance, equipment, information and staff.
In a remote area of Western Kenya is a small village called Butula. Here, the villagers, most of whom are illiterate or semi-literate, met with great jubilation and enthusiasm the installation of four computers by WiRED International. The Community Health Information Center is in one of the few rooms with electricity.
It was a typical equatorial day, sunny and warm, as we started our site visits with a stop at a Center outside the Kajiado district where the Masai people live. These dirt roads are unmarked, and we thought we took a wrong turn until we saw the tin-roofed hut ahead and the people standing outside to greet us.
Sister Bernadette Nealon, Program Manager of the Community Health Program in Kisumu, Kenya — where one of WiRED’s Community Health Information Centers is located — related this account to Pauline Karani, WiRED’s Administrative Manager.
I just returned from a site visit to the Community Health Information Centers in Kenya. These facilities are continuing their remarkable work getting out the HIV/AIDS message and providing other medical information to local communities.
Mwanaisha Narotso wears many masks. She is not only sells fruit and grains at the local market but she is also a well-known traditional birth attendant and a herbalist. Like other herbalists, Mwanaisha deeply believes in her traditional cultural practices.