A Cup, a Corner, a Community: Kenyans Working to Defeat Diarrhea

A Cup, a Corner, a Community: Kenyans Working to Defeat Diarrhea


I’ve worked among the children for most
of my life; anything from primary care to child survival.
If you are in a community where you are losing children or they are getting sick so much,
your future is not bright. So the strategy for children is when they
have diarrhea, we should identify them early, then they come to the facilities where they
are diagnosed early and they are put on this scientifically proven regimen or treatment.
She’ll be with us for about two or four hours. After which the child will be assessed
and most likely we will go home. Without the ORT, what you will have instead
is a ward full of children who are dehydrated and getting IV fluids.
There’s nothing that pleases me more than resuscitating a child from the point of death.
They can be so sick, I can tell you, but in a few, few hours they can change and they
can be playing. It gives you a lot of human satisfaction.
The mothers must also participate in the treatment of their children. They’re a part of the
treatment system. So we are trying to encourage mothers to breast
feed for six months. Uh, through this mother-to-mother support group.
Water is the main problem that is giving us help in diarrhea. The points of infection
are very many. For us to fight the diarrhea we need to protect the water points. If you
could protect those sources, then you are sure whatever people drink, whatever people
use to cook, their food is clean and safe water.
In fact, here the flies will easily come from the toilet.
The satisfaction I will get here in my heart is more than money, because that is life and
a human being.

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