The majority of the 10,000 people in the Buburi area, near Lake Victoria, live in extreme poverty relying on subsistance farming to make a meagre living. They’re all confronted by malnutrition and the devastating affects of HIV and AIDS and consequently many children are orphans. Also, children under five are especially vulnerable from the risk of Malaria as this area of Kenya has the highest incidence of Malaria in the world.
Many suffer from conditions for which they are unable to access or afford the necessary treatment, resulting in a lot of preventable deaths. Friends of Buburi does help to save lives by ensuring the Buburi Community Health Clinic provides accessible, good quality and affordable health care to those in need.
Our supporters raise funds to keep this vital facility open for the community, pay the salaries of all staff, pay for the treatment of malaria and other conditions, provide maternity services and laboratory testing, subsidise staff training and the building and maintenance of all facilities.
In 2015 a community based organisation was formed from local representatives. These volunteer members ensure the community clinic is managed by the community for the community.
We place an emphasis on health education, improving nutrition and disease prevention in addition to our medical services at our clinic, In the many surrounding villages. our valuable volunteer community health workers do an exceptional job educating and providing information about malaria prevention, sanitation and hygiene, maternal health and spotting the early signs of illness in young children. Also, our four trustees regularly visit the clinic providing advice and support to our staff on the ground.
Some of our vital work includes:
The provision of mosquito nets to families with children under five years old and the elderly or very vulnerable.
Did you know, by having a 50p mosquito net in a home will help reduce the death rate in children under five years.
The recent building of a maternity unit specifically to provide better maternity services for local women and so far we’ve delivered 25 babies.
Did you know, that 75% of local women deliver their babies alone, usually in their hut? In 2013 the infant death rate was 65 per 1000 births. It is 4 per 1000 in the UK. Kenya is trying to encourage women to deliver in staffed maternity units and we aim to be part of this change.
Our charity provides funds and support to:
- Maintain and develop clinic facilities and equipment, which currently consists of a waiting room, one consultation room, one treatment room, a maternity unit, a pharmacy and laboratory and an HIV testing and counselling room, which doubles up as an ante natal clinic.
- Maintain a paid team of trained nurses and clinic staff.
- Support ongoing training for the nurses, particularly in chronic diseases, such as diabetes, and guide their clinical practice using protocols developed by the Kenyan Ministry of Health.
- Provide training to clinic administrative staff, particularly in data collection, record keeping and stock taking.
- Ensure a well stocked pharmacy and reliable supply of affordable medication.
- Carry out malaria testing and provide the necessary treatment.
- Provide training and practical support to the team of volunteer community health workers who educate vulnerable individuals and families in health related issues.
- Develop effective relationships with the Kenyan Ministry of Health and other health organisations.
- Work closely with the Buburi Community Committee and also local representatives of Public Health and Ministry of Health providing to provide managerial and financial support.
- Ultimately work towards self-governance and independent financial security.
Find out about our Social Fund Program:
The clinic serves an impoverished community but within that there are people who are much more vunerable than the rest and there is no official social care provision in Kenya.
The most vulnerable groups include orphans whose parents have died, often from AIDS, road accidents or other illnesses. These children maybe living alone or with elderly relatives who are unable to find work or earn money and this leaves these families absolutely destitute, unable to buy food or pay for schooling. Other groups include the frail, elderly and widows with no support and totally reliant on the generosity of others. In addition there are those with mental health problems or physical disabilities. So the Buburi Community Clinic runs a Social Fund Program that provides free treatment for these groups. One of the biggest groups that benefit is a local Orphanage called Uzima (meaning Life in Swahilli) with over 300 vulnerable children and orphans. The CBO team manage this program and the Community Health Workers, working out in the field, check on children, families and the most vulnerable to ensure they have access to this life saving service.