Hodge Health Screening Clinics
Up and Running in Kisumu, Kenya
By Allison Kozicharow; Edited by Elizabeth Fine
WiRED International’s Tony and Edie Hodge Health Screening Clinics (HHSCs) launched in April and are now fully functional in Kisumu, Kenya. The eight-hour clinics will occur monthly in underserved locations around Kisumu and will be operated by WiRED’s team of trained community health workers (CHWs).
WiRED’s Program Director Lillian Dajoh reported that the rollout session occurred on August 8 within the community of Manyatta B Ward:
WiRED CHWs mobilized patients, in turns, for health vitals screenings under the supervision of clinician Albert Junior, while radiologist Steve Mwalo conducted chest x-rays. The team provided medications to the most vulnerable people who attended the session and could not afford the drugs. CHWs used WiRED-donated blood pressure machines, thermometers and oximeters. The Kenya Ministry of Health supplied malaria random test kits and free HIV test kits.
The HHSCs are an innovative addition to the regular practices of CHWs. The mobile clinics take basic health screening out of brick-and-mortar facilities into the field to reach vulnerable people in the community who have little access to health care. These clinics help identify potential health problems early on when they are most treatable. Further, the HHSCs provide basic clinical services to treat bumps, cuts and bruises. They offer health and prevention training and referral services where appropriate to connect people with medical resources that can assist them.
Ms. Dajoh said, “The clinical outreach not only helps in improving awareness of health issues among people in the Kisumu community but it also inspires skill development in our CHWs’ continuing education to enable them to better address those issues.”
By the Numbers
The CHW team:
• Treated 93 clients (27 males and 66 females) for minor ailments.
• Educated participants on cholera, high blood pressure and nutrition, among other topics.
• Tested six people eligible for HIV testing (none tested positive).
• Scheduled x-rays by the radiologist for 41 patients (two people suspected to have tuberculosis — their samples sent for confirmational testing).
• Referred four people whose blood pressure tested high to various hospitals for further treatment.