Farah, our Kenya Field Officer – pictured here in a pink top – has written to update us on the progress of our work in Kenya:

I would like to inform you that my visits to the Nelson Health Clinic in Nyamathi were wonderful (as usual!). Administration and management is efficient in terms of service and availability. However, the rate of births at the maternity ward has dropped drastically over the last 3 months and the most recent birth took place just off the highway in a public vehicle at the end of October! I have attached some images with this email showing state of the road from the highway down to the clinic – it’s almost impossible for the vehicles to pass through. The staff is working on writing up a proposal, so I was wondering if you can give me advise on this matter. Secondly, they wish to pursue a de-worming community out-reach but have no supplies to do so. The government side is lacking in providing medicines and equipment on time so, the clinic lacks sufficient supplies of medicines.

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We subsequently sent sufficient funds to complete the de-worming programme, which was a huge success; and also 500€ for the Christmas ‘Feed a Family’ project which will run from the 22nd to the 25th of December, with the aim of feeding 100 families at a cost of 10€ per family. Each food parcel will contain enough items to last a family of 6 people for up to one week.